Norseman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service benefits from crew-cab protection program expansion

Photo: File Image.
Photo: File Image.

The state government has committed an additional $8.732 million to the roll out of the crew-cab protection program.

The Norseman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is among the groups to receive additional equipment.

Over 660 fire brigade vehicles in WA’s highest bushfire risk areas have been fitted with equipment to protect crews if they are trapped by fire.

The equipment includes external water deluge systems, in-cab air breathing systems and safeguards for vital equipment such as vehicle wiring, water and fuel lines.

Acting Emergency Services Minister Bill Johnston said he was provide the program had been expanded.

“These measures help to protect our firefighters when they’re out on the fireground helping to protect their local communities,” he said.

“The safety of our firefighters is of paramount concern, and while I hope no firefighter ever needs to use any of this equipment, it’s in place for their protection.

“The risks firefighters face out in the field are real and potentially deadly, and by mitigating some of those dangers, we have created a safer working environment for them leading into the next bushfire season.”