Swift Action from Town of Bassendean Employee Protects Colleague’s Home

Published on Friday, 16 February 2024 at 12:03:35 PM

Chelsea Wells, Lead Horticulturalist for the Town of Bassendean, recently demonstrated extraordinary courage and quick thinking when she leaped into action to extinguish a fire, potentially saving multiple homes in the process.

On Friday 9 February 2024, while carrying out her regular duties, Chelsea noticed smoke emanating from a nearby site and immediately sprang into action. Upon closer investigation, she discovered that the source of the smoke was the home of one of her fellow Town of Bassendean staff members.

Without hesitation, Chelsea took decisive steps to mitigate the situation. She swiftly contacted the affected staff member, positioned her vehicle and trailer equipped with a water cart nearby, and operated the pump to combat the flames. Chelsea even went as far as to jump fences to reach the fire.

Chelsea's bravery did not go unnoticed, as nearby tradespeople came to her aid. Together they ultimately succeeded in extinguishing the fire before it could spread further. Despite the prompt response of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), it was Chelsea's swift and decisive actions and her and the tradespeople’s team effort that prevented what could have been a catastrophic outcome.

The fire threatened not only the staff member's home but also neighbouring properties due to the extreme heat on the day, and the fire’s proximity to dried vegetation and nearby houses. Chelsea's courageous intervention undoubtedly prevented a potential disaster and showcased her commitment to the safety and well-being of her community.

Station Officer Chris Sharman from Ellenbrook Fire Station expressed his appreciation for the rapid and decisive measures taken to control and extinguish the fire. He said the swift response from Chelsea and the tradespeople from Paramount Electrical and Diverse Electrical and Maintenance averted the fire's spread to nearby properties on what was a particularly busy day for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. “It was truly heart-warming to see and a great reflection of the character of these young people,” he said.

Chelsea actions exemplify the Town of Bassendean’s values: she demonstrated adaptability under pressure, strong leadership, teamwork, and a remarkable commitment to the Bassendean community. Her selfless act serves as an inspiration and highlights the vital role each member of our community plays in ensuring the safety and security of those around us.

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