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Published on Wednesday, 31 May 2023 at 12:15:12 PM

The Shire of York’s Traditional Aboriginal Mosaic Burning Programme started in May with the first DFES training session on Bushfire Safety Awareness, held in the Lesser Hall.

 Nine participants have registered for the programme and enjoyed getting to know about how fire behaves and all the safety precautions that need to be taken when undertaking planned burning. The course was run by DFES Trainer-Assessors Lawrence Hayward, Captain of the Bejording Bushfire Brigade and Troy Granville, Shires of York and Beverley Community Emergency Services Manager.

 Participants tried on samples of protective clothing, which has been ordered for all participants who will be doing the first practical DFES training course ‘Practical Firefighting Skills’ starting on 29 May.

 Later in the season after all training is complete, the group will be undertaking small practice burns on Wongborel/Mt Brown under the supervision of DFES personnel and with a fire truck and bushfire volunteers.

 The Shire will be advising local residents and walkers when these burns are due to take place.

 This project acknowledges the funding contribution of the Commonwealth Government of Australia and support from the WA State Emergency Management Committee.

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