The following statement was made by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services today in Parliament:
MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES — SOUTH WEST VISIT
Statement by Minister for Emergency Services
MR F.M. LOGAN Last week I had the pleasure of travelling through the south west to meet with more than 45 volunteer emergency groups. I spoke to hundreds of dedicated volunteers and career firefighters to thank them for their invaluable service and the critical role they will play in the upcoming bushfire season. One such volunteer was the awe-inspiring Mr Peter Clews, who serves with the Cowaramup Volunteer Fire Brigade. I had the tremendous honour of presenting Mr Clews with a certificate recognising 60 years of volunteer service—simply amazing!
I also got to see firsthand the incredible work of our state’s volunteer firefighters when the Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade invited me to attend their area’s first bushfire of the season. I was safely escorted to the area as the firefighters brought the blaze under control, demonstrating their professionalism and how invaluable they are to their communities. I visited Yarloop with the member for Murray–Wellington and listened to the concerns of the locals, who are working to rebuild their devastated town. I also met with volunteers and career officers in Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Nannup, Manjimup and Collie. The week before, I toured Albany and Esperance to listen to volunteers and career officers and to thank them for their invaluable service. I met with those personally affected by the harrowing Cascade–Scaddan fires and listened to their concerns. I have also visited volunteers throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest and Goldfields. This government highly values our emergency service volunteers and career officers, and I am very pleased to have met a massive number of them in Western Australia.