Queensland Parliament Votes for highest level of firefighter cancer support in Australia

The following article was published in “Fireline” from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland today. We look forward to seeing the Western Australian government’s Bill to provide compensation for volunteer firefighters who contract cancer – due before the end of 2015.   We must temper our enthusiasm by always remembering that if you as a…

Bushfire funding to evaluate effectiveness of Northern Territory prescription burns

Research will be conducted into the effectiveness of fire management practices in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the announcement of the funding, $2 million in Commonwealth and Territory Government funding for bushfire mitigation, Bushfires NT director Mark Ashley, said a more strategic approach to fire prevention and management, would have wider benefits for the community.…

Tas Fire Service’s ability to manage emergency role to come under Parliamentary scrutiny

Changes to Tasmania’s Fire Service (TFS) will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee after the Opposition raised concerns about the delivery of services in the future. Labor’s demand for an inquiry, supported by the Greens, was also backed in Parliament by the Government, who said there was nothing to hide and that Labor was making…

Service burns deep for vollies

MOUNT Helena Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade had many reasons to celebrate at a recent awards ceremony when 11 of their members received a National Medal. The long-serving and dedicated firefighters achieved more than 290 years of service between them. The National Medal recognises long service by members of government and voluntary organisations who risk their…

CQUni researchers in national spotlight at ‘Bushfire and Natural Hazards’ conference

Two CQUniversity researchers were on show to their peers across the country recently at the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council) conference. Professor Kevin Ronan and Dr Danielle Every were both on the program, which included more than 100 presentations across three days in Adelaide. Child-centered…