Bushfire brigade to improve fire response

A dedicated Bush Fire Brigade is proposed to be established and run by the City of Karratha to focus on responding to fires outside of the Karratha town site.

The new brigade, which would be separate to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, could enhance fire control capacity for the pastoral areas in the South of the City.

Currently, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades support bush fire fighting activities potentially leaving towns unprotected. Consultation is underway with existing fire services about the proposed changes.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said having a dedicated bush fire service could benefit the region, giving faster response times to fire events.

“Fire fighting, both in town and for bushfires, is a very important volunteer role in our region and this proposal is aimed at creating a better level of service to the community, enhancing capability with the region,” Cr Long said.

“We currently have Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services in Karratha, Roebourne and Wickham, as well as our existing bush fire brigade in Point Samson, and all of these groups do a fantastic job,” he said.

“The new Bush Fire Brigade would be working along side these groups and I imagine many of our committed volunteers would be open to having dual memberships.”

Discussions will now occur with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services as well as with the existing fire services to decide on how to progress the plans.