Brigade busy with burn-offs

Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade volunteers attend to the burn-off at Carramar Golf Course. Pictures: Emma Goodwin
Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade volunteers attend to the burn-off at Carramar Golf Course. Pictures: Emma Goodwin

Wanneroo’s leading fire protection officer Kevin Pollock said it served two purposes ” to train firefighters and get rid of waste material.

Mr Pollock said two fire protection officers, half a dozen volunteers from the Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and three appliances were involved in the operation, which took about six hours.

‘It was just a pile of cuttings from the golf course from wind damage and storms,’ he said.

‘It was used as a bit of a training exercise for some of the new probies.’

Mr Pollock said the fire protection officers had done seven fuel reduction burns in conservation areas so far this year, with more to come. Last year, they did 18.

‘The objective of those is to protect life and property,’ he said.

Mr Pollock said they generated funds for the brigade by doing the burn, with the alternative to turn the log pile into mulch, and they had also done a lot of burning in the rough around the golf course over the past two months.