Community meeting to discuss fire safety

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph

A community meeting in Baldivis will be held on Monday ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.

Hosted by Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby and featuring speakers from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the event has been called to ensure the community is prepared this summer.

“Baldivis is on the frontline of the bushfire threat,” Mr Whitby said. “Perhaps nowhere else in the State do you have such a large dense suburban area in such close proximity to bushland.

“After a moderate season last year, the current fuel loads out there present an even greater danger of fire.

“It is a confronting topic, but like with all emergency situations, planning your options well in advance will mean you will know exactly what to do in case of fire.”

Officers from WA Police’s Strike Force Vulcan unit reconfirmed on Monday that the maximum penalty for deliberately lit fires was life imprisonment. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has released Fire Chat kits, which can be picked up on the night or from Mr Whitby’s office.

The event will take place at the Baldivis Volunteer Fire Station at 5pm on Monday, December 11.

Call 9523 2921 to register a place.

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