Wanneroo Central Brigade was established in April, 1962. The Brigade primarily provides a fire prevention and suppression service for the City of Wanneroo, which encompasses an area of 685 square kilometres. However, we also render assistance at incidents in areas under the care and control of the Parks and Wildlife Service (PaW), and the gazetted fire districts controlled by the WA Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). In addition, our appliances and crews are frequently deployed to incidents out of area, responding to requests for assistance from across Australia.
Our bush firefighting area consists of coastal dunes and gently undulating sand country, with numerous outcrops of limestone and caprock. The vegetation of the district includes large areas of pine plantations, swamps, heavy bush areas, coastal heath land and rural properties.
We have approximately 80 volunteer members who crew a firefighting fleet of four fire trucks 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition to emergency response, the Brigade specialises in hazard reduction/prescribed burning, community engagement and fire-use supervision (i.e. fireworks).
The Brigade does not just fight fires, but also acts to promote fire prevention, protection and safety. It works closely with DFES (formerly FESA), the FRS (both career and volunteer) and PaW to achieve this.
Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades operate under their respective Local Government and are supported by DFES. They receive call-outs for car fires, scrub, bush and wildfires, storm damage and many other incidents. Fire and Rescue, however, act in urban areas and primarily handle rescue, car crash and structure fire incidents. Their role, and ours, overlaps when it comes to rural-urban interface bushfires or when a certain element of an incident is covered by a particular unit type (e.g. Fire and Rescue will attend a Bush Fire Service structure fire call-out).
Bush Fire Brigades also work closely with PaW when their land is involved in an incident. Due to geographical location and responsibility boundaries, both PaW and the brigade often find themselves operating alongside one another.