DFES area officer for Albany Tim Wall hands over the keys to the new fire truck to former Kojonup chief bushfire control officer Tim Johnston. Picture: Shire of KojonupPicture: Shire of Kojonup

New fire truck a welcome addition

Members of the Kojonup Bushfire Advisory Committee received a new Isuzu fire truck last month, after it was found its old fire truck needed mechanical repairs. The new $380,000 fire truck was provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to replace the committee’s existing Kojonup 2.4R fire truck. Kojonup bushfire emergency officer Rob…

Research insights for catastrophic fires

The following article was written by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Major learnings from research insights on the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria have been distilled into practical industry guidance for key messaging in catastrophic bushfires. AFAC has developed the industry guideline; Community Safety Messaging for Catastrophic Bushfires: Lessons Learnt from Black Saturday Bushfires,…

The Burning Question confirms value of many local VBFB’s

As mentioned in this post, the AVBFB attended the State Government’s innovative and informative first ever prescribed burning forum called “The Burning Question: Now & Beyond” in Busselton last week. The three day event was very valuable and we thank Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and OBRM/OEM for the invitation to participate. Among the…

Government review of Fire and Emergency Management DFES General Circular No: 91/2017

After seeking permission from FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson, we have published the text of a DFES circular below dated 4 August because we believe it is relevant to our Members and other stakeholders. The AVBFB is very appreciative of the care and attention Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and his McGowan Government colleagues are…

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…