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Talison thanked for firefighting support

Greenbushes lithium miner Talison Lithium has been acknowledged by the Western Australian Government for supporting the state’s emergency services during a weekend of unprecedented bushfire threat earlier this year.

Volunteer and career firefighters fought four Level 3 bushfires simultaneously on the weekend of February 5 and 6 as they hit Denmark, Bridgetown, Shackleton and Wickepin.

As dozens of crews worked tirelessly to bring the bushfires under control, Talison generously offered accommodation to around 150 personnel responding to the Bridgetown blaze.

The company, which runs its own bushfire brigade to support volunteer emergency services groups in the region, also provided its water cart so fire crews could reload their supplies.

Emergency Services minister Stephen Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) commissioner Darren Klemm visited Greenbushes to present Talison with a Certificate of Distinction for playing its part in containing the Bridgetown bushfire.

Talison staff were among the volunteer firefighters who helped protect lives and property as the fire burnt through more than 2200 hectares.

Entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with DFES in late 2020, the Talison Fire Brigade is now recognised as a brigade in its own right.

The Bridgetown blaze was just one of three big bushfires supported by Talison during the recent high-threat period.

Talison provided free accommodation and food to emergency services personnel responding to the Level 3 Calgardup bushfire that threatened the townsite of Margaret River in December.

It also offered beds to 34 firefighters from the South-West who fought a Level 2 bushfire near Kirup in February.

“For many years now Talison has played an active role supporting emergency services in the South-West,” Dawson said.

“Every little bit of help is important when dealing with a Level 3 bushfire like the one in Bridgetown where residents were forced to evacuate.

“All the volunteer firefighters who brought the inferno under control can be incredibly proud of their brave efforts.”

 

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).
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