Ministerial Statement regarding opening of infrastructure: Scaddan, Napier and King River

The following Ministerial Statement was read into Parliament today by the Hon Fran Logan, Emergency Services Minister: Statement by Minister for Emergency Services MR F. LOGAN: I would like to inform the house of the opening of three newly built, fit-for-purpose volunteer bushfire brigade sheds in Scaddan, Napier and King River, in the great southern region. It…

WA & Fed Gov: WA jets into the future with new emergency mapping capability

New Learjet with Linescanner camera will map large-scale emergencies such as bushfires and floods Travels at 700kmh to reach the farthest regions of the State in just three hours Initial 90-day contract represents $750,000 investment in emergency mapping technology Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet now includes a Learjet, which can travel the length of the…

QwN: Hon Steve Thomas to Hon Stephen Dawson re Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Dr Steve Thomas and answered today in Parliament by the Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Emergency Services Minister. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s now 10-month old announcement from April 2018…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

17 new Bush Fire Volunteers trained in south-west

Here’s yet another wonderful example of the immense commitment and comradery found among Western Australia’s amazing 26,000 Bush Fire Service Volunteers. As you can see in the post, 17 new Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers spent their weekend completing the Introduction to Firefighting course in Donnybrook. Let’s face it, in an era when volunteering in general…

Update on ESL reforms

Anyone who has been reading our newsletters or attended a Brigade briefing over the past few years will be well aware the hard working team at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been tirelessly trying to improve the perception of, and access to, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) grant funding for Local Governments…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…