QLD Country Life: Rural fire and SES volunteers face uncertainty

For member’s interest, below is an article published by Queensland Country Life about some concerning recent actions taken by the Queensland government regarding the structure of their volunteer emergency services. A proposed restructure of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has ignited a political firestorm and left rural fire brigades scratching their heads. From April…

Emergency Services minister Fran Logan and Marine Rescue volunteer Daniel Beer with the new VOIP communications equipment at Point Moore Picture: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Guardian: VOIP a boost for Geraldton marine rescue group

The Volunteer Marine Rescue service in Geraldton has acquired revolutionary new communications equipment in the form of a voice over internet protocol system used to run life-saving missions. Volunteer Daniel Beard said the new VOIP system allowed volunteers to massively expand their capability by viewing data, videos, maps and graphics on-screen while communicating with multiple…

At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

The Erickson air crane, aka Elvis, battles a blaze in Victoria. Two former fire chiefs are concerned such craft will soon be unavailable to Australia. CREDIT:JASON SOUTH

SMH: ‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril

Australia’s firefighting capacity will fall short unless it buys its own fleet of water-bombing aircraft rather than borrowing them from overseas because monster blazes burning simultaneously across the globe are becoming the norm, two respected former fire chiefs have warned. However the federal government says purchasing a national firefighting air fleet would be too expensive…

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

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…

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…