Red Gully & Yeal Bush Fires

Published on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 8:06:10 AM

The Shire of Gingin Council and staff would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the fire fighters, support staff and the many others who have worked so hard to protect the lives and properties of residents in the Shires of Gingin and Dandaragan this past week. Your efforts are appreciated and recognised as being well and above the call of duty.

It was humbling to witness the professionalism and willingness of all of the various agencies that worked collaboratively and shared resources to overcome first the Red Gully Fire and then the Yeal Fire. This included the Department of Fire & Emergency Services, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, the Department of Communities, WA Police, Main Roads WA,  Western Power, St Johns Ambulance, The Salvation Army, local bush fire brigades and local fire & rescue brigades, brigades from other local governments and many others.

Their commitment to protect our communities will not quickly be forgotten. Bush fires of this magnitude require significant coordination and those that saw the Incident Command Centre in Gingin would understand the level of stakeholder involvement. To all of the Incident Controllers and their professional teams – well done and thank you.

For our part, the Shire of Gingin’s staff and Councillors assisted with relaying communications from emergency services to the community, advised on local resources and provided earth moving equipment driven by Shire staff to support the fire-fighting effort. Staff also provided administrative support, worked at the Evacuation Centre in Guilderton, ran messages/errands and assisted with patrols or donned a firefighting uniform themselves if they were a member with any of the local brigades.

Overall the community was very supportive of emergency personnel as they strove to protect our communities. Of course there were frustrations but fighting a bush fire is a very complicated and dangerous process and emergency personnel will always seek to place the safety of the public above all else. We acknowledge the inconvenience caused and thank you for your support and cooperation during these trying times.

Whilst this threat is mostly passed, the bush fire season is far from over. Please stay safe and if you don’t yet have a bush fire plan for your property, then we suggest you find some time to sit down with your family for a “Fire Chat”. For further resources (templates, etc.) visit https://mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au/.

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Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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