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Firefighter to oversee DEC burns program (cloned for SW 1345099157)
Firefighter to oversee DEC burns program

A firefighter with more than 30 years operational experience has been appointed to oversee changes in WA's prescribed burns program, following the release of the Keelty report into the Margaret River fires.

Mal Cronstedt will be the director of the new Office of Bushfire Risk Management, established to independently assess the risk of prescribed burns and improve co-ordination between agencies, local governments and communities.

The office was established in May following the devastating Margaret River bushfires that destroyed 32 houses after the escape of a controlled burn.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said Mr Cronstedt would bring operational knowledge and experience on the management of bushfire-related risk to the role.

"Mr Cronstedt began his career as a volunteer firefighter, and then worked his way up the ranks in WA and NSW in senior operational fire fighting roles," he said.

"He is currently working with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet leading a review of State-wide bushfire planning and mitigation arrangements."

The West Australian

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