David Templeman says new Rural Fire Division to bring best bushfire management to Peel

Local Government Minister David Templeman.
Local Government Minister David Templeman.

A NEW Rural Fire Division in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services is expected to deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Enquiry, would bring the best in bushfire management together and spread the knowledge among Mandurah and Peel volunteers at a local level.

The division will also give volunteers the chance to have greater input in training and bushfire management which recognises the expertise the experience of Mandurah and Peel volunteers.

A record investment in mitigation activities would also help reduce bushfire risks.

“Many volunteers have told me they want greater collaboration with emergency services and more effort put into mitigation,’’ Mr Templeman said.

“The Rural Fire Division will deliver on those needs.

“This is the first time WA has had such a strong and collaborative commitment towards managing and fighting bushfire risks.

“Our electorate faces some significant bushfire risks and the government’s record investment in mitigation efforts will help us identify and treat those risks.”

Mr Templeman said the Rural Fire Division had been well thought through and would not change how local bush fire brigades worked with local government.

“It would provide greater support for volunteers through dedicated training and input into bushfire management and attempt to reduce major fires through greater targeted mitigation work,’’ he said.

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