Liberal leader Zak Kirkup praised the bravery of volunteer firefighters today as he announced a $250,000 commitment by a Liberal Government, if elected, to the Glen Forrest Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Station.

Mr Kirkup was joined by Liberal candidate for Kalamunda Liam Staltari as they committed $250,000 for the expansion and refurbishment of the Glen Forrest station.

“Volunteer bushfire fighters give up their time and risk their lives to keep West Australians safe. We should all respect their tremendous devotion and bravery, particularly at this time of year when WA is most vulnerable to fires because of the extreme heat,” Mr Kirkup said.

“It is crucial that our volunteer firefighters have access to all the equipment and support they need, which not only allows them to keep their communities safe, but just as importantly keeps them safe.

“Liam Staltari has been a great advocate for this brigade and has shared with me the crucial work that they and the other Perth Hills Brigades do through the year.

“The expansion and refurbishment of the Glen Forrest brigade’s station will help them grow and will allow them to more effectively loan their trailer to community members undertaking controlled burns, which we know is so important to prevent bushfires.”

The Liberals’ funding commitment will allow the station to house the brigade’s additional trailer, refurbish its members’ area and amenities and expand its overall capacity.

The brigade is in ongoing talks with the Shire of Mundaring to secure in-principle approval for the works and to allow detailed cost assessments to be undertaken.

Mr Staltari hailed the outstanding work of the Glen Forrest volunteers.

“Volunteer Bushfire Brigades are the backbone of our community in the Perth Hills and the Glen Forrest Volunteer Bushfire Brigade is a great case in point,” Mr Staltari said.

“These volunteers commit their time and energy to keeping our community safe. Many of them have fought the fires in Mundaring and those north of Perth in recent days.

“Having visited the brigade station before with Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Sean L’Estrange MLA and Donna Faragher MLC, brigade president Mick Hare and his members have made it clear just how important a station expansion would be.”

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