City thanks community for fire support image

28 May 2018

The City of Albany has thanked its dedicated volunteers, visiting brigades, staff and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services who responded to the bush fire crisis late last week.

Mayor Dennis Wellington also acknowledged and thanked the community for its support and assistance throughout the emergency.

“The response was enormous and overwhelming,” he said. “We had more than 50 heavy duty appliances arrive from across the south of the State and metropolitan area to assist and give our exhausted volunteers a break which was just amazing.

“The support we got from these fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services who did a wonderful job coordinating our response spared our community from greater losses and we are extremely lucky there has been no loss of life.”

Mayor Wellington praised the generosity of local businesses who donated meals and beverages for everyone fighting the fires.

“It’s just been a tremendous response from the whole community and I sincerely thank everyone who was involved over the past few days.”

Mayor Wellington said his thoughts were with the residents who had lost property, especially the owners of a house destroyed in the Napier fire and farmers in the City’s north-east who have been impacted by the Stirling Range fire.

“It’s terribly sad to see the losses that some of our residents have suffered in these fires and we will be visiting the affected areas to get a full understanding of the extent of the losses,” he said.

Chief executive officer Andrew Sharpe said it was too early to put a cost on the damage from the fires.

“Now that the threat has subsided we are starting to get a clearer picture of the damage and we will be talking to our brigades and communities over the coming days to debrief from the events of the past few days,” Mr Sharpe said.

“I’d really like to commend everyone who supported the City to respond to these fires, especially our volunteer fire fighters who worked extremely hard to protect our community, they did an outstanding job.”