Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said in the 2015-16 bushfire season Strike Force Vulcan officers attended on average more than one fire a day across Perth.
"West Australians have recently seen the devastation and tragedy caused by out-of-control fires and the last thing authorities need to be dealing with is deliberately lit blazes," Ms Harvey said.
The Deputy Premier said Strike Force Vulcan would fight arsonists by:
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said firefighters put their lives on the line to protect the community from deliberately lit fires.
"These men and women pledge to protect the community from bushfires that ravage this State, and that job is challenging enough without throwing arson into the mix," Mr Francis said.
The Minister said parents with children fascinated by fire should consider the Government's extremely successful Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness Program.
Strike Force Vulcan, established in 2010, has resulted in numerous arrests and charges as well as identifying hot spots for arson and preventing fires through intelligence, education and rapid response.
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