Indigenous group seeks firefighting help

Indigenous group seeks firefighting help

25 March 2011

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Australia — The Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation wants the Fire and Emergency Services Authority to supply it with firefighting equipment after a blaze which destroyed a home and threatened lives.

Members of the community tried to extinguish the fire with garden hoses.

The corporation’s chief executive, Andy McGaw, says firefighting equipment might not have saved the house but could have stopped the fire from damaging other property.

“The community itself leased a fire truck, we obviously saw the need and leased one for nearly three years and we were able to defend four houses from a bushfire and also Kooljaman Resort,” he said.

“We just couldn’t keep up the lease payments, we don’t have the financial means to do that.”

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