Below is a media statement issued by the City of Albany yesterday. Congratulations to the team for thinking outside the box when funds were not made available!
South Coast Bushfire Brigade are fully equipped for the fire season with an upgraded fire truck delivered this week to replace the one that was decommissioned by the City due to safety concerns earlier this year.
The City voluntarily decommissioned two trucks after the Coronial Inquest into the death of firefighter Wendy Bearfoot who suffered fatal burns at Black Cat Creek in 2012.
The other truck that was taken out of service was based at the City of Albany Depot.
South Coast brigade’s upgraded truck was purchased from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and is fully fitted with a deluge spray system to provide protection in a burn-over, as well as fire blankets and heat shields.
City Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said it returned the brigade to full capacity in time for the summer fire season.
“We unsuccessfully lobbied the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to have the truck upgraded through the Emergency Services Levy scheme, so the City partnered with the South Coast brigade to buy this replacement truck,” Mr Sharpe said.
“The South Coast fire truck had not been part of the deluge system upgrades undertaken by DFES so the City voluntarily removed the truck until it could be upgraded as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the highest safety standards for our volunteers.”
Mr Sharpe said the City had also upgraded the depot-based truck to provide the same level of safety.
The fire season officially started at midnight on Tuesday when permits for burning came into force. More information about burning periods and permits, and other advice on fire safety and preparation can be found at www.albany.wa.gov.au