FESA backs volunteers

Albany Advertiser

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority officials say a new structured brigade in the Capes region will not be set up despite November’s bushfires.

Picture: Fires devastated parts of Margaret River in November

In a belated response to Times’ inquiries, assistant country chief operations officer Chris Arnol said FESA continued to monitor population growth and risks when planning expanded firefighting services.

“A recent risk analysis, based on number of domestic dwellings and call-outs, found placing a career 24/7 fire station at Busselton is not warranted at this stage though it is possible sometime in the future,” he said.

“Currently the area is well serviced by a strong and dedicated network of volunteer firefighters, being a combination of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Brigade volunteers.

“The Augusta-Margaret River area is also well serviced by volunteer firefighters from the Margaret River, Dunsborough and Augusta Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.

“Prevelly (and) Gnarabup is currently serviced by a wellresourced volunteer Bush Fire Brigade at Wallcliffe. Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service are also available to respond to structural fires within the area.”

Last month, WA United Firefighters Australia branch secretary - Graeme Greer said the area desperately needed a career firefighting station, instead of relying on professionals from Bunbury.

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