The WA Government has funded the allocation of 36 additional career firefighter across Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.
The $17.8 million investment in a part of the emergency services package to strengthen the state’s defence against natural disasters.
An additional $4.9 million will be invested to replace the personal protective clothing of both volunteer and career firefighters.
More frontline firefighters
Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby said this package would put more firefighters on the frontline.
“By funding 36 new career firefighters in Geraldton, Albany and Kalgoorlie-Boulder we’re delivering on our election commitment to strengthen emergency services in our regions,” she said.
“The additional firefighters will increase the number of career personnel on shift at all times, enhancing their ability to respond to incidents
“They’ll fight fires alongside our hard-working volunteers, to protect local communities and help make our regions even safer.”
Enhance community safety ahead bushfire season
Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said the package was a welcomed addition to enhance the safety of the community.
“It is wonderful that Albany will soon have more firefighters on the frontline,” she said.
“The McGowan Government has already delivered a fantastic base for firefighters to serve the community, and the deployment of additional firefighters will only enhance emergency services in the region.”