Scholarships Available – Attend the National Volunteering Conference!

Our friends at Volunteering WA recently sent us the information below, announcing that the Department of Social Services (DSS) have funding available for those who would like to attend the 2018 National Volunteering Conference to be held in Sydney in June. If you have some interest, please jump on the site and fill in the…

Greenbushes Timber Mill fire Saturday 6 January 2018. Photo Hester Brook Lieutenant

Photos show the invaluable work of “Bushies” at Greenbushes structure fire

Regular readers would have seen this Facebook post from DFES recently about the great team effort that contained a fire at a Greenbushes Timber Mill on Saturday. The photos available didn’t show the important role members of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service played in that huge save, but we’ve since received a few from one…

The Alert SA app crashed during a weekend of catastrophic fire danger and a serious bushfire. ABC News: Stuart Stansfield

ABC News: Alert SA scrapped by State Government after failure during catastrophic fire conditions

A new emergency services smartphone application, Alert SA, will be ditched by the South Australian Government after users could not access fire alerts during catastrophic weather conditions on Saturday. Saturday’s weather created what Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton described as the “worst fire danger conditions seen in years”, but the app collapsed before it was…

ABC: Virtual reality bushfires recreate nightmare scenarios to encourage disaster planning

  Fire authorities are using virtual reality to place Victorians in worst-case bushfire scenarios to encourage them to better prepare for a disaster. The virtual reality program shows the user the possible fatal consequences if they act too late when a bushfire has broken out. The Victorian Government will take the program to Echuca, Benalla,…

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Esperance Express: Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup to receive bushfire mitigation funds

  Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup have been named among the 15 local governments in high-risk areas eligible to apply for the $15 million Bushfire Mitigation Fund. Having completed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, those eligible can now apply for a portion of the initial $3 million available in funding this financial year. The funding, from Royalties for Regions, is…

BNHCRC: Bushfire potential 2017-18

BNHCRC: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017-18 Update

Due to drier and warmer than average conditions since autumn 2017, the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2017-18 has been re-examined for southern Australia. Queensland experienced an early start to the fire season, with significant fires occurring in August. Early season fires of significance were also experienced in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Most states…

AFAC: Extreme fire behaviour: lessons learned from the Waroona fire

Extreme fire behaviour and a case study of the 2016 Waroona fire in Western Australia were explored during a recent webinar hosted by AFAC’s Predictive Services (Bushfire) Practitioners Network. The webinar, which is available below, featured Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, discussing the lessons learned from the Waroona bushfire. The audience included Fire…