The Lower South West could be home to the State’s first museum honouring the history of WA’s bushfires and firefighting brigades in the near future. The WA Bush Fire Museum and Heritage Group, which comprises seven members from the Lower South West, is hoping to develop the museum in the region. The project was discussed at the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council meeting on Thursday. It could be built opposite the town hall in Yornup, a small town between Bridgetown and Manjimup. The empty lot which used to be the Kordics car dealership at the northern entry of Bridgetown was suggested as a potentially better location. Group chair Chris Sousa said he hoped the museum could one day help share the knowledge learnt from the history of bushfires in the State. “The collection will obviously be of artefacts of firefighting equipment, vehicles and a lot of it’s mainly aimed at the collection of knowledge and recognition of things such as large fires, significant events and also people that have contributed to the bushfire organisations throughout the State,” he said. “There’s a lot of knowledge, a lot of history and a lot of people that have provided significant commitment to the bushfire brigades and also forestry and conservation agencies. It’s about capturing all that knowledge before we lose it and learning from it, most importantly.” Mr Sousa, pictured, said the museum would be the first of its kind in WA. “There’s no other museum that’s established to date that’s doing that,” he said. “There is the DFES Education and Heritage Centre in Perth which predominantly looks at the fire and rescue service history in WA ... and the Bushfire Centre of Excellence has a ‘lessons learnt’ and training aspect to it. “We’re looking at tying in with those different areas to try to build that whole history and be a conduit so that we have a ‘lessons learnt’ area and also recording significant incidents and note-worthy things can be captured for the future generations.” Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire president John Bookless said it was still extremely early days on the project but he thought it would be a valuable addition to the region. Mr Sousa said he hoped the museum could be up and running within the next couple of years and encouraged anyone who wanted to get involved to call him on 0480 282 201.