ABC: Fires sparked by lightning destroy $3.6 million worth of crops in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

The ABC article below gives a good overview of some significant incidents that happened in the Wheatbelt this week. But before we saw the article, we received the message below from a deeply experienced, local who made some observations about some of the stark differences between urban-focused services and the way things have worked in…

ABC: Bushfires highlight regional towns are not equipped to handle asbestos exposure

Despite the fact asbestos has not been used in Australian building materials for more than 30 years, new cases of asbestos-related diseases are steadily rising across the country. Western Australia remains Australia’s asbestos-related disease hotspot, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released this week. It said WA has around five cases…

ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade member Gary Vince collects the donation from Armadale Scouts member Blake Webster (front). Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen

Examiner: An insight into brigade life

Last weekend at an open day members of the Bedfordale community had an opportunity to see first hand how their local brigade operates. About 150 residents turned up to ask questions, see the trucks and enjoy a free sausage sizzle while Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade volunteers were given a chance to say thank you to the community who support them. Social and fundraising committee coordinator Gary Vince said…

AVBFB Dave Gossage interview with Stan Shaw on ABC SouthWest re trauma and volunteers

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage was interviewed this morning on ABC Southwest by Stan Shaw regarding the various demands on emergency services volunteers and issues regarding mental health and trauma. Please listen below or click the link if the audio player doesn’t load on your device. Click here if the…

Wildfire Today: Bushfire in Australia burns over 2 million acres, becoming a “gigafire”

A bushfire that started October 11 in Western Australia 120 km southeast of Broome burned 880,000 hectares, or 2,174,527 acres. Dry winds from variable directions and high temperatures made it very difficult to suppress. The remote location and a lack of water restricted the tactics to fighting fire with fire, constructing firelines with heavy equipment,…

Volunteer firefighters Gary Olson, Keith Hughes, Doopa Parker and Leo Soentjens will go beyond the call of duty to carry out bushfire mitigation works throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions. Picture: Adam Poulsen, Adam Poulsen

Midwest Times: Kitted out to beat the flames

With bushfire season looming, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has developed a special team of volunteer firefighters tasked with helping to prevent out-of-control blazes. The Mid West-Gascoyne Regional Volunteer Mitigation Team will go beyond the call of duty, travelling throughout the region to carry out bushfire mitigation works. Its 25 members were recruited…

ELA: Report on discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in the CFA and MFB to be withheld.

With thanks to the wonderful Michael Eburn from Emergency Law Australia the article below is a useful legal view of a serious and significant precedent that was set in the Victorian Court of Appeals this week. For our members in WA, the relevance isn’t just that the Victorian government felt it was worthy to formally investigate…

Mandurah Coastal Times: Dwellingup celebrates fire fighter Bradley Warr’s dedication to future of fire fighting

A DWELLINGUP resident’s dedication to the future of fire fighting was celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Dwellingup Bush Fire Brigade’s Bradley Warr received the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award at the Fire and Emergency Services award ceremony, recognising his work with the Dwellingup…

Letters to the Editor: No evidence of extinction by fire; Fire research ignored; Aboriginal fire methods

No evidence of extinction by fire Several recent correspondents have expressed concern that the Government’s bushfire protection program, including fuel reduction burning, is causing extinctions of wildlife. The science shows otherwise. There has been not one recorded instance of a species of native plant or animal that has become extinct in south-west forests due to…

Esperance Express: Ravensthorpe receives $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations

The Ravensthorpe Shire is among 17 regional local governments that will share in $5 million to physically address bushfire threats. Ravensthorpe has received $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations. Treatments can include planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and creating access roads. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said mitigation funding for regional local governments would…