Ex-US Army Black Hawks to be refurbished in Australia for firefighting operations

  Sikorsky Helitech, Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia have signed an agreement to bring an initial 10 ex-US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia to be refurbished for use locally in aerial firefighting, emergency services and disaster relief operations. Sikorsky Helitech will carry out the ‘as new’ condition refurbishments at its Pinkenba facility…

NAIDOC day recognised

A volunteer from the AVBFB attended an event that recognised Aboriginal people’s long history of managing country using fire during NAIDOC week. The day included a traditional smoking ceremony to welcome visitors to the DFES offices in Cockburn followed by some wonderful aboriginal dance, yarning and delicious customary food.   It was great to be…

Putting out fires all over Europe

During a visit to Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic), I toured the factory of fire tender and fire-fighting equipment specialist builder THT. It’s in Policka, a couple of hours east of Prague and draws original components from its own manufacturing facilities elsewhere in the country. I met management to talk about its export program and…

Feedback from Bushfire Mitigation Summit

What did some of the stakeholders have to say after attending the Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in Mandurah recently. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA president Dave Gossage. Mr Gossage said all stakeholders at the summit worked co-operatively to discuss major issues surrounding bushfire mitigation, but there was no clear outcomes. “I’d say…

Bushfire summit sets new direction

THE State government has committed to a second Bushfire Mitigation Summit next year, after key representatives from across WA gathered for the first time in Mandurah last week to discuss bushfire risk management. Approximately 70 representatives from government agencies to volunteer associations and advocacy groups attended the invitation-only Bushfire Mitigation Summit last Friday. WA Emergency…

Fire truck pulled from City fleet

  The City of Albany has been forced to remove one of its heavy-duty trucks from its fleet indefinitely after the findings of the coronial inquest into the death of firefighter Wendy Bearfoot revealed the truck “disturbingly” had still not been fully upgraded or replaced five years on. Coroner Sarah Linton found a combination of…

Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…