David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    DEC officers to help with Kangaroo Island fires

    11/12/2007 10:32 PM

    Ten senior fire officers will fly out from Perth tomorrow morning to assist their South Australian counterparts battling fires on Kangaroo Island for the past week.

    Environment Minister David Templeman said the South Australian Country Fire Service had asked for experienced officers who could fulfill a variety of roles on incident management teams.

    Mr Templeman said the Department of Environment and Conservation contingent would assist local crews with fire ground operations, planning, logistics and resources.

    “A major concern for SA fire authorities is that ‘blow up’ fire weather conditions are forecast for later this week which will put enormous pressure on their crews,” he said.

    The Minister said DEC’s incident management structure meant the Western Australian contingent would dovetail into SA operations and help ease the pressure on local crews.

    “Nationally, the States and Territories use the same incident control system which enables officers from land management and fire agencies to manage fires in various areas,” Mr Templeman said.

    “DEC’s system of having highly skilled, pre-formed incident management teams also means officers can be freed up to assist in other States and Territories or even internationally.”

    The DEC team is expected to be in SA for about a week.

    “I wish our team well and thank them for making themselves available on such short notice to help fight this fire,” the Minister said.

    Team members are Greg Broomhall, Team Leader, Albany; Greg Napier, Perth; Brad Barton, Manjimup; Mike Cantelo, Wanneroo; Brad Commins, Busselton; Dennis McDonald, Mundaring; Steve Gunn, Dwellingup; Owen Donovan, Wanneroo; Leigh Sage, Wanneroo; and Sam Hurd, Mundaring.

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