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Aveley bushfire sparks need for info session

A BUSHFIRE and emergency preparedness session will be held at the Aveley Community Centre this Wednesday after a fire in the suburb last week caught many residents off-guard. 

A delayed public alert left many wondering if they should leave the area or stay and defend their homes.

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the risk of bushfire was an ever-present risk in the community. 

“Especially in areas like Aveley and Ellenbrook, where our community backs onto large areas of bushland.”

“It’s never too early or too late to prepare your family and yourself for a bushfire emergency,” he said.

 “The incident that occurred recently in Aveley highlights the need for all residents to prepare their households for emergency situations.”

Three juvenile boys from Ellenbrook were charged after Arson Squad investigations into the fire that burnt 25ha.

It will be alleged the fire spread from dry grass set alight in a shopping trolley. 

When many residents tried to flee their homes they found themselves blocked in by the public driving by to look or take photos of firefighting efforts.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson warned against getting close to bushfires.

“Bushfires are unpredictable and can change direction without warning,” she said.

“Keeping away from the bushfire is the safest option.

“If you are already in the area, watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.”

The City will partner with Red Cross to deliver the information sessions on May 23. 

“With real-life anecdotes, facilitated discussions and activities, these sessions are engaging and focus on practical ways residents can get prepared for these kinds of situations,” Mr Foley said.

The free emergency preparedness event will be held at Aveley Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8pm.

To register email [email protected] or call Claire Silveira on 9225 1929.

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