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…

Hot stuff: six Quinns Rocks Bushfire Brigade cadets to take part in Australian Fire Cadet Championships

  SIX emergency service cadets will travel to Sydney for next month’s Australian Fire Cadet Championships. The team is part of the Quinns Rocks Bushfire Brigade Cadets unit and will leave Perth on September 29 ahead of the October 3-6 championships. It includes captain Jay Dwyer, Benn Marshall, Martin Moon, Brendan Williams, William Wyatt and…

ABC: Bushfires: Government dismisses Greens’ call for national remote crew to help states in fire season

With bushfires already blazing around Australia, there are calls for a more uniform national approach to help states and territories fight each other’s fires. Key points: “1,000-year-old trees are gone,” says nature photographer who documented blaze in Tasmania Greens established enate inquiry to examine what could have been done better Government does not believe looking…

Former firefighter gets top DFES job

WA has a new Fire Commissioner – former firefighter Darren Klemm. Mr Klemm is currently assistant commissioner at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan made the announcement this afternoon ahead of the retirement of Wayne Gregson, WA’s first Fire Commissioner who transitioned DFES from the Fire and Emergency Services…

Former Minister talks to TripleM South West about Commissioner’s comments

Here is the audio of an interview that aired this morning on TripleM South West’s “Blackers in the morning” show today with former Barnett Government Minister and Member for Murray-Wellington, Murray Cowper speaking about Commissioner Wayne Gregson’s comments as reported in his opening address to the WAFES 2017 Volunteer Conference on Saturday about the Ferguson…