The Bunbury-based RAC rescue helicopter lands on Walpole Oval ahead of a day of training on Sunday. Photo: The West

Rescue chopper needs future funding

Three visits in the past week have underscored the importance of the South West RAC Rescue Helicopter, with fears the service is under a funding cloud. Comments from Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan haven’t helped soothe community concerns after he told radio listeners Opposition MPs shouldn’t bleat about a situation their financial management created. Mr…

Gidgegannup Primary students Patrick Atwood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Beagley with bushfire crew David Cole, Andrew Watt and Shane Atwood from East Gidgegannup bush fire brigade. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Gidgegannup PS students put together emergency pillowcase kits for bushfire season

GIDGEGANNUP Primary School students are better prepared for the coming bushfire season after putting together their own personal emergency pillowcase kits for home. Teacher Sian Kelly said The Pillowcase Project was important with Gidgegannup rated as one of the top five bushfire-prone areas. “The students will be putting pyjamas, toiletries, a teddy, change of clothes,…

AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

Rebecca Stokes of Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Daley, First Lieutenant of the Dardanup Central Bushfire Brigade in Western Australia. (Babs McHugh)

ABC: Rise of the female firefighter: Bushfire brigade ranks filling up with women

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-20/female-firefighters-taking-up-frontline-roles/9046394 Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage…

PHOTO: Steve Angel discovered his Dwellingup house was badly underinsured after a bushfire in 2007. (Supplied: Steve Angel)

ABC: Bushfire insurance is complicated and mundane, but makes a difference when disaster hits

  If a bushfire destroys your home, having sufficient insurance can make the difference between successfully rebuilding and suffering irrevocable loss. While it may seem mundane, expensive and something people hope never to use, being fully covered for what the insurance industry calls a “total loss” can be vital to recovery. The pitfalls of underinsurance…

The West: Parliament hears of modern fire truck technology that could leave fireys stranded

The article below was published in The West Australian newspaper today. The original (and paper-based) article was titled “Limp fire truck fears for fireys”. Note: Please also read the AVBFB statement regarding the issue here. Bushfire volunteers fear modern emissions reduction technology that cuts fire trucks’ speed under certain conditions could leave them stranded on…

Harvey Emergency Services Centre receives official opening event ahead of summer

Harvey’s emergency services personnel have been given a much-needed boost in time for Summer. The new Harvey Emergency Services Centre will be officially opened on Saturday, October 14 at 12pm. Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan MLA will be on deck to officially open the Harper Street premises. Shire of Harvey executive manager corporate services Shane Collie…

Diverse: ABC South West underline just how broad and wonderful our VBFS family is

Here’s a fantastic short video that goes to the very heart of who we are and why we do it – community. And we know that community comes in all shapes, sizes, abilities and genders – each with their own special skills that contributes to the invaluable strength and resilience of our Volunteer Bush Fire…