Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations pays tribute to 250,000+ volunteers

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) has today paid tribute to the efforts of volunteers across Australia, who risk their lives and work tirelessly to protect communities. Today marks International Volunteer Day – a chance to celebrate and thank volunteers for the contribution they make. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken Middleton said Australia owes a huge…

AFAC: Collaboration delivers national fire weather training resource

Researchers, end users and training experts have joined forces through AFAC to develop a new, national evidence-based fire weather learning and training resource for emergency services. A project team from AFAC’s Predictive Services Group, including representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), collaboratively developed Interpret and Analyse Fire Weather Information. The finished learner resource (PUAFIR414) is…

Volunteer firefighters get prepared for the summer

  Collieburn-Cardiff Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has had a busy few weeks fighting bushfires, carrying out prescribed burns and training as hot weather approaches.   Volunteers completed ground controller training to learn how to conduct water bombing operations, which involves communicating with aircraft about how and where to drop the water. Volunteers recently received a…

Fire experts can improve safety

  Fire and emergency services are joining forces to teach the community about bushfire preparedness. On Saturday, representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, bushfire brigades and the Manjimup Shire Council will be in Manjimup’s Coronation Park to speak with people about their property’s safety. People are…

SJ Examiner – Heroes among us

The Jarrahdale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade will this month commemorate 30 years of serving the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale by holding a celebration for the community at the station. The brigade traces its origins back to a public meeting held at the Jarrahdale Tavern on the night of October 28, 1987 where attendees highlighted significant concerns…

The West regional: DFES oversight sought

Recommendations for changes to the distribution of funds for emergency services are not supported by Capes volunteer firefighters, who say the Department of Fire and Emergency Services should maintain oversight of the fund. Last week the Economic Regulation Authority presented its final report on the Emergency Services Levy, which recommended an independent organisation be established…

Bushfire-prone local governments fail to submit life-saving hazard management plans

  Up to 60 bushfire-prone local governments in south-west WA have not submitted potentially life-saving hazard management plans required under Statewide protocols, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm warned of the inevitability of bushfires this summer and implored householders to prepare. Mr Klemm and Office of Bushfire Risk…