Baldivis firies ready for summer

Arran MortonSound Telegraph
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Bushfire season preparations are set to begin in earnest at Baldivis Bushfire Brigade during the coming weeks, as crews embark on a mission to reduce the potential for fires across the suburb.

Fire control officer Rik Mills said volunteers were getting ready to start mitigation work, which included controlled burning of highly flammable wattle trees and other flora, with the help of a brand new, custom-built trailer.

But Mr Mills said firefighters needed the help of the community to get the job done.

"Firefighters volunteer their time to prevent and respond to bushfires, however, we need the community to do their part and make sure they are adequately prepared this season," he said.

"Bushfires can start suddenly and move very fast, so if you live or travel near bush you need to know what you will do if a fire occurs.

"To prepare your property for bushfire season, create a 20m building protection zone around your property, maintain a two metre gap between trees around the home, keep grass short and prune shrubs and trees."

Mr Mills said the new $22,000 trailer, made possible by a Lotterywest grant and supplementary station fundraising efforts, would streamline brigade fuel reduction.

He said the state-of-the-art trailer included job-specific equipment, chilled water for crews and even a barbecue.

"We ask that homeowners be actively looking for anything that could potentially become fuel within their properties," he said.

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