News State Western Australia Safety upgrades to be completed soon to four South Coast fire trucks after fatal blaze
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Safety upgrades to be completed soon to four South Coast fire trucks after fatal blaze

Firefighter Wendy Bearfoot died after these trucks were over-run by a bushfire.
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The Department of Parks and Wildlife says safety upgrades to four of its five South Coast fire trucks, implemented in the aftermath of a fatal bushfire last year, will be completed soon.

A number of safety improvements to equipment are being implemented in the wake of last October’s Two People’s Bay blaze, which killed firefighter Wendy Bearfoot.

The Opposition has been critical of delays in implementing those changes, which include greater protection for the cab and fuel lines of fire trucks.

DPAW’s South Coast fire co-ordinator, Vince Hilder, says that work is well underway.

“We’ve had a couple of units done already, there’s one being done at the moment, with one booked in later in the week, and our last truck in our district will be swapped out before Christmas,” he said.

“As you can imagine, it takes time to retro-fit trucks.”