Australia Facing Volunteer ‘Paradox’

Australia is facing a volunteer crisis with the elderly volunteers that provide care and support to vulnerable people in rural communities facing burnout, according to an international expert. Director of the Trent Center for Ageing and Society in Canada, Professor Mark Skinner, said a “paradox” was emerging for Australia’s ageing rural communities. Professor Skinner is…

Victorian volunteer firefighters call for equal treatment under cancer compensation laws

Newly drafted laws will offer easier access to cancer compensation for Victorian firefighters, but Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers have called for the eligibility rules to be revised. The laws have been designed to improve access to compensation for sick firefighters, but they have been criticised for the limited protection offered to 40,000 local CFA…

Cool heads essential during fire emergency

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/29845013/are-you-bushfire-ready-dfes-cool-heads-make-the-tough-calls/ Brad Stringer is used to keeping cool in a crisis. As the Department of Fire and Emergency Services assistant commissioner, he helps call the shots during emergencies. He oversees up to 50 people in the State Operations Centre and helps allocate resources to fire grounds. “We only have finite resources, so I often have…

Bushfire warriors

DURING a forest fire they are sent to do the hardest, dirtiest work. Armed with everything from shovels to bulldozers, the fire gangs are known to insiders as the elite troops in the state’s firefighting army. Bushfire Front chairman Roger Underwood said now that the worst fire season for a generation was finally over, it…

Keep Your Head When the Heat Is On

I have no awareness of the details of the Lancefield fire in Victoria that broke control lines and subsequently burnt 3,000 ha. This comment is not about those details which will be revealed soon enough through an independent investigation. I feel compelled however, to comment in response to the insulting and disrespectful remarks made by…

Fires left eye in the sky dark

After a decade of watching WA’s biggest bushfires from the State’s most impressive vantage point, Mike Stewart is immune to sights others would find terrifying or shocking. But, last summer’s blazes have left the Department of Fire and Emergency Services aerial attack supervisor with surreal firefighting memories he will carry for years. As fires inched…

Our bushfire luck is running out

WA fire crews are bracing for a once-in-a-century catastrophe this summer, akin to Victoria’s Black Saturday. And as authorities declared WA’s luck could run out, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services survey showed an alarming number of West Australians were underprepared for the upcoming fire season and were failing to follow the most basic…

Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to have donated significant time to assist Western Power develop and deliver another year of deeply appreciated grants for Brigades. Below is the original media statement published by Western Power announcing the outcome of our combined work. Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades…