Free expo could cut fire risk in regional areas

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times

A free event to help residents in bushfire-prone areas lower their fire risk will be held in Balingup on Saturday.

The fire expo is being put on by the Balingup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and is open to all residents in the South West, Perth hills and other bushfire-prone areas.

Expo coordinator Peta Townsing said the objective of the expo was to enable residents to better withstand a bushfire and its embers.

“Taking steps well beforehand to reduce their risk of bushfire attack means that they and their properties are much safer, as are firefighters,” Ms Townsing said.

Throughout the day there will be focus sessions, displays and hands-on activities, such as learning how to use a fire extinguisher.

Attendees will also learn how to use a fire hose and fire blanket and will be given a first-hand look at a fire truck.

“The aim is to make the expo interesting and fun as well as worthwhile,” Ms Townsing said.

The expo starts with a formal opening by Collie- Preston MLA Mick Murray at 12pm and finishes at 4pm.

Guest speakers include urban planner Max Margetts, retired forester Roger Underwood, retired scientist David Ward and DPaW’s Ed Hatherly.

There will be a raffle for a prize worth $500 and other prizes up for grabs.

Ms Townsing said everyone was welcome to attend and she encouraged people to register.

For more information visit Fire Protection Expo-Balingup on Facebook, email info@firewisewa.com or call 0497 555 120.

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