Dodging bullets

OUR COMMUNITY owes a huge debt to the handful of local volunteer firefighters who readily risk their lives at a moment’s notice to keep us all safe.

Their courage is underscored by the deaths of 34 people, including at least three volunteer firefighters, in bushfires that have ravaged the eastern states this summer.

Local firefighter John Hansen says Toodyay “dodged a bullet” last month when a big bushfire threatened to destroy dozens of homes south of the town.

The Shire of Toodyay’s new $1 million State grant to help reduce bushfire risk (story Page 7) should help ease the danger.

But it doesn’t rule out a lack of common sense by people who persist in using dangerous tools on hot, windy days.

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Michael Sinclair-Jones