Training to respond

Bush Fire Brigades in the City of Karratha will receive expert training ahead of the summer season thanks to a new agreement with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The training comes as part of a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative approach to bush fire management throughout the local area.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said in addition to improved training, the MOU clearly defined roles and responsibilities of both organisations to ensure fire emergencies both in town and rurally were controlled quickly.

“The agreement we have signed with DFES allows the two of us to better work together in emergency situations. Providing better training for our volunteer bush brigade members and alleviating pressure on our town-specific volunteer brigades,” Cr Long said.

“The City of Karratha will continue to undertake mitigation and recovery roles in bush fire situations including property inspections, firebreak installation and local laws relating to permits while DFES will oversee bushfire emergency response,” he said.

“Should DFES ever need our assistance in an emergency situation we will always be there to help. This MOU simply streamlines the decision-making and response practices, ensuring urban and rural fire response times are as quick as possible.”

Established in October 2016, Nickol Bay Bush Fire Brigade has commenced training with over 20 registered volunteers. Although based in Karratha, the brigade will primarily respond to fires in the pastoral and bush regions outside of towns.The new brigade adds to the bush firefighting capabilities provided by the Point Samson Bush Fire Brigade.