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18 May, 2012
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Continuing the theme… [see also: Mr. Manager; wake us up before you go-go]

196. Mr J.M. FRANCIS to the Minister for Emergency Services:
As a volunteer firefighter, I have been unlucky enough to have had water dumped on me by helicopters a number of times over the summer season; one has to listen for the alarm before they dump the water, and that is the cue to duck! Can the minister share with the house details of the state’s helicopter fleet activity over the summer fire season?

Ms M.M. Quirk interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL replied:
I did not see the member for Girrawheen ask the question, although I notice she is dressed in half her SES outfit today!

Ms M.M. Quirk interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Knocked back? What does that mean?

Ms M.M. Quirk: Refused!

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: It has been a very, very busy fire season. The advice I have in relation to bushfires is that our firefighters attended 4 250 bushfires this fire season. At times our resources were stretched from Carnarvon right through to Walpole and further east towards Albany. I take this opportunity—on behalf of everyone in this house, I am sure, member for Girrawheen—to acknowledge and thank for their efforts all those firefighters, the people who support them and their families who stay at home while they are out in harm’s way.

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I am sorry that the member for Jandakot had water dumped on him; we might need one of those on standby to help the member for Mandurah when he leaves the George Michael concert! I do not want him going up in flames; it seems like he is going to get very excited!

Subject: Bushfire Season – Helicopter Fleet [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 3 May 2012

Hansard reference: p. 2355 [online (pdf)]

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