As Western Australia moves on from its most disastrous bushfire season in recent memory, a new fire protection system developed in the state’s south is headed to the eastern states for further testing.
The brainchild of Denmark volunteer firefighter and inventor Chris Probert, the Shadrach Burn Over protection unit is a tent-like, heat-resistant structure designed to quickly fold down and protect people from fast-advancing fire fronts.
There are already fire protection mechanisms on fire trucks in Victoria and other States, but this Fire Tent or “Burnover Protection Unit” is truly innovative and unique.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has also played a role in the Shadrach’s emergence, tipping in $15,000 to fund the project.
While conceding it was a key contribution, Mr Probert said the fact they were willing to contribute at all was the most significant factor.
Controlled burning and fuel load mitigation looms as the other key issue, with both the Ferguson Report and the Major Incident Review into November’s Esperance Bushfires recommending a more efficient approach.
Esperance’s State MP Graham Jacobs said improvement was clearly needed.
The Harvey – Yarloop Ferguson Inquiry
Mr Ferguson said the initial response to the attack was “reasonable”, however the incident management team “missed cues” to raise the alert to a level 3 incident management.
It was also found there was a failure to issue specific warnings to the community at Yarloop and Cookanup when the fire was critical.
“There is a strong argument that the state needs to readjust expenditure away from fire response and recovery, towards a greater investment in prevention and fuel hazard management,” Mr Euan Ferguson said.
Download the Ferguson report HERE