The McGowan Government has committed an additional $8.732 million to the rollout of the crew-cab protection program, extending the program's reach beyond the initial four-year funding commitment.
The extra funding adds to the $31 million spent over the past five years, confirming the Government's commitment to career firefighters and emergency services volunteers throughout the metropolitan region and regional areas.
More than 660 vehicles belonging to fire brigades in the State's highest bushfire risk areas have been fitted with equipment to protect crews in the event they are trapped by fire.
Acting Emergency Services Minister Bill Johnston says "The risks firefighters face out in the field are real and potentially deadly, and by mitigating some of those dangers, we have created a safer working environment for them leading into the next bushfire season."
The protective measures include external water deluge systems, in-cab air breathing systems and safeguards for vital equipment such as vehicle wiring, water and fuel lines.
The crew-cab protection program started following the tragic death of a firefighter at Black Cat Creek in a burnover.