WA's top firefighter has refused to rule out hits to his agency's frontline services as a result of State Government-imposed budget cuts.
Wayne Gregson, chief executive of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority, could not guarantee the Government's so-called 2 per cent efficiency dividend would not affect the agency's ability to undertake its core functions.
Speaking outside a Lower House Parliamentary inquiry in the State's preparedness for the upcoming bushfire season, Mr Gregson said he was working with the Government to identify how FESA could slash $413,000 from its budget.
However, he said it was possible the measure could force the agency to pare back the number of recruit firefighters it could train or firefighting appliances it could either purchase or lease.
The admission came as the State's other top bureaucrat responsible for managing bush fires - Department of Environment and Conservation director general Keiran McNamara - denied his organisation would be hampered by budget cutbacks.
Mr McNamara said the department's firefighting resources had been quarantined from the savings directive and, with the addition of 52 extra firefighters, it was well placed ahead of the summer bushfire season.
But Mr McNamara offered a cautious note on the DEC's ability meet its prescribed burning target for the South West, saying it was becoming increasingly difficult for the department to carry out a sufficient level of burns.According to the veteran public servant, drying conditions, increasingly widespread and complex rural and bush housing development and opposition from wine growers was thwarting efforts to do prescribed burns.