The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is responsible for managing around 29 million hectares of conservation lands and waters in Western Australia, including national and marine parks, State forests and other reserves. The department is also responsible for fire preparedness on 89 million hectares of unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves.
DBCA’s fire management operations, including prescribed burning and bushfire suppression, are delivered by the department’s Parks and Wildlife Service, which is the brand identity used on the fireground and across the department’s fire-related communications and engagement with stakeholders and the public.
DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service maintains strategically-located personnel, infrastructure and equipment throughout the State, and its role in managing fire complements those of volunteer bushfire brigades, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, local governments and other stakeholders.
The organisation’s guiding principles for fire management include:
• managing fuels to reduce bushfire risk
• protecting life and community assets
• safeguarding the health and safety of personnel
• underpinning fire management with science
• collaborating and consulting with stakeholders
• building and maintaining relationships with traditional owners
• continuous improvement, and
• providing value for money for the Government and people of Western Australia.