Herald Sun: Firey jobs to be opened up to women in bid to end boys’ club

“Disruptive strategies” will be employed to combat the sexist boys’ club culture in Australia’s fire and emergency services and increase the number of women in frontline and leadership roles. This will include calling out behaviour that creates an unsafe environment for women and applying a “gender-­balance, diversity and inclusion” lens to recruitment and decision-making, a…

Hills Gazette: Perth firefighters star in world-first TV documentary series Bushfire Wars on National Geographic

IN the Perth Hills easterly winds are screaming in from the hot desert and temperatures are soaring. An arsonist has lit two fires and the blaze is out of control and threatening Mundaring Weir, a water treatment plant, Pickering Brook, and even the Parks and Wildlife Service Mundaring District Headquarters. The fastest response is from…

Midland Reporter: Almost 200 WA schools still waiting on ember screens ahead of bushfire season

The article below is shared with members to ensure maximum situational awareness when operating in areas near these schools. WITH summer just days away, nearly 90 per cent of schools designated as bush fire prone have not had extra preventative measures installed to reduce the risk of a fire spreading inside a school. In May,…

ABC: Fires sparked by lightning destroy $3.6 million worth of crops in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

The ABC article below gives a good overview of some significant incidents that happened in the Wheatbelt this week. But before we saw the article, we received the message below from a deeply experienced, local who made some observations about some of the stark differences between urban-focused services and the way things have worked in…

ABC: Bushfires highlight regional towns are not equipped to handle asbestos exposure

Despite the fact asbestos has not been used in Australian building materials for more than 30 years, new cases of asbestos-related diseases are steadily rising across the country. Western Australia remains Australia’s asbestos-related disease hotspot, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released this week. It said WA has around five cases…

ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade member Gary Vince collects the donation from Armadale Scouts member Blake Webster (front). Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen

Examiner: An insight into brigade life

Last weekend at an open day members of the Bedfordale community had an opportunity to see first hand how their local brigade operates. About 150 residents turned up to ask questions, see the trucks and enjoy a free sausage sizzle while Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade volunteers were given a chance to say thank you to the community who support them. Social and fundraising committee coordinator Gary Vince said…

AVBFB Dave Gossage interview with Stan Shaw on ABC SouthWest re trauma and volunteers

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage was interviewed this morning on ABC Southwest by Stan Shaw regarding the various demands on emergency services volunteers and issues regarding mental health and trauma. Please listen below or click the link if the audio player doesn’t load on your device. Click here if the…

Wildfire Today: Bushfire in Australia burns over 2 million acres, becoming a “gigafire”

A bushfire that started October 11 in Western Australia 120 km southeast of Broome burned 880,000 hectares, or 2,174,527 acres. Dry winds from variable directions and high temperatures made it very difficult to suppress. The remote location and a lack of water restricted the tactics to fighting fire with fire, constructing firelines with heavy equipment,…

Volunteer firefighters Gary Olson, Keith Hughes, Doopa Parker and Leo Soentjens will go beyond the call of duty to carry out bushfire mitigation works throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions. Picture: Adam Poulsen, Adam Poulsen

Midwest Times: Kitted out to beat the flames

With bushfire season looming, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has developed a special team of volunteer firefighters tasked with helping to prevent out-of-control blazes. The Mid West-Gascoyne Regional Volunteer Mitigation Team will go beyond the call of duty, travelling throughout the region to carry out bushfire mitigation works. Its 25 members were recruited…