Local officers double down to help in fires

Sergeant Bevan Roe and Constable Darren Norman spent two days in Yarloop to assist with co-ordinating road blocks during the blaze that claimed more than 160 homes and killed two men.

Mirrabooka officer-in-charge Neil Morton-Smith said his staff spent 30 hours in two days assisting.

“They went down on January 9 and did 16 hours, came back to Perth then went back down on the 10th and did 14 hours,” Senior Sergeant Morton-Smith said.

He said officers from other Perth metro stations were also sent down.

More than 100 fire fighters fought the blaze last week. The blaze that started on Wednesday, January 6, burned more than 71,000ha.

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