Wanneroo MLA praises firefighters

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton says there were 268 fires in the City of Wanneroo last year.

IN Parliament last week Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton praised firefighters and emergency service personnel for their work.

Ms Winton said 50 per cent of the 5000 fires started last year were on the urban fringe.

She said her electorate was a 90 per cent fire-prone area.

“Last year there were 268 fires in the City of Wanneroo,” she said.

“There is no question that Wanneroo is a highly vulnerable area.

“I want to thank and acknowledge the services of groups like the Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, the Wanneroo Volunteer Fire Support Brigade and the Wanneroo–Joondalup SES.

“They are in for a busy season but I know they will do a fantastic job protecting and looking after our community and its assets.’’

She said she was recently briefed by Department of Fire and Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan about the work being done by the department, particularly around the five-minute fire chat packages being rolled out to educate people more about not only the dangers of bushfires but also making sure they were prepared this bushfire season.

“This wonderful initiative makes the previously complex task of creating a bushfire plan easy.

“Residents need to decide to be safe and leave early or decide to be prepared to stay and defend.”

The resources available now are plain, simple to use, user friendly and take a few minutes.’’

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare to download fire chat and create your bushfire plan.