Department of Fire Services WA
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was established on 1 November 2012. It performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents, that threaten life and property. It comprises more than 1600 operational personnel and corporate staff members. It also has an extensive network of more than 27,000 volunteers, engaged in the delivery of services to the community. DFES works in collaboration with Western Australian communities and other government agencies, to help prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from diverse hazards. This includes fires, cyclones, and floods, to name a few.
Mike is the District Officer for Statewide Operational Response Division(SWORD.) He has a large shed containing many of the vehicles which enable DFES to control situations that arise, from a central location, in Kewdale. Sometimes these vehicles are in bush locations, sometimes on gravel roads, sometimes on the bitumen.
This means that when these trucks, 4WDs and trailers return to base, they are cleaned and repacked, ready for the next emergency call out.
The floor is covered in all types of debris, plus what is brought in from the neighbouring businesses. Sand, sticks, leaves and gravel but rocks are the most common.
Mike found ASC after searching for sweepers online.
Mike was very interested in the ASC M1 and requested that Ross perform a demonstration, at the SWORD station.
Due to budget restraints, Mike opted for the ex-fleet ASC Eureka M1, with low hours. He arranged for a quick payment of the sweeper and Ross delivered the walk behind sweeper, including the baghouse dust filter, to site. Ross showed several volunteers on how to operate this premium built sweeper.