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…

Article: Living with Bushfires

Here’s an interesting article we found recently published by one of Australia’s leading Science Journalists, Dr Paul Willis   I choose to live in an area of high bushfire risk. I’m not alone, many of my fellow Australians live in similar areas on the margins of our cities or in country and rural areas. As the…

Country Fire Service brigades maintain firefighting boycott following lower Eyre Peninsula blaze

South Australian volunteer firefighters have renewed threats to boycott fighting fires on State Government land, following a fire on the lower Eyre Peninsula on Saturday. The fire burnt through scrubland in the Lincoln National Park near Port Lincoln before it was brought under control just before 7:30pm. Last year, several Country Fire Service (CFS) brigades…

Factsheet: Qld ‘Presumptive’ legislation

Below is a text version of the Fact Sheet published by Queensland’s Worker’s Compensation Regulator explaining their new “presumptive legislation” covering both volunteer and paid firefighters who contract cancer. We thought it was useful information for WA’s Volunteers who have been told a Bill to provide cover for them would be introduced into Parliament before…

State’s heightened fire risk

WA FIREFIGHTERS are preparing for another busy season in the state’s south, with above-average fire potential forecast for 2015-16. The above average fire potential for much of the State’s southern half, highlighted in the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015-16, was attributed to low rainfall, lack of soil moisture and high fuel loads, and comes…

Victorian firefighters in fight for easier compensation for work-related illness

A FERNTREE Gully man is among thousands of firefighters across the state pushing for fairer compensation for illnesses resulting from their work. Bill Watson, the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria district 13 president, told the Leader the hundreds of volunteer firefighters in the district — which includes Knox, the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah — would be…

Fire station officially opens

YEARS of campaigning and hard work by the Collie community has come to fruition as the Allanson Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Fire Station was officially opened last Friday. The old station site was constructed in the 1970s from an old BP Service Station office, before being condemned due to safety concerns. Plans to develop a…

Productivity Commission urges emergency services to ditch radio communications devices for $6.1 billion in savings

Fire fighters, police officers and other emergency services should use phone companies like Telstra for their future communications needs because a dedicated service would cost $6.1 billion over 20 years, according to a draft report from the Productivity Commission. State governments and organisations like the Police Federation of Australia have long said that a dedicated…

Doing his bit

The warm light of the afternoon sun shines through the window, silhouetting him and as he smiles. His young children are laughing in the background, somewhere watching TV with his wife, although he can’t tell. Looking at me intently, I could see in his eyes he was ready to talk – something that not all…

Queensland Parliament Votes for highest level of firefighter cancer support in Australia

The following article was published in “Fireline” from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland today. We look forward to seeing the Western Australian government’s Bill to provide compensation for volunteer firefighters who contract cancer – due before the end of 2015.   We must temper our enthusiasm by always remembering that if you as a…

Bushfire funding to evaluate effectiveness of Northern Territory prescription burns

Research will be conducted into the effectiveness of fire management practices in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the announcement of the funding, $2 million in Commonwealth and Territory Government funding for bushfire mitigation, Bushfires NT director Mark Ashley, said a more strategic approach to fire prevention and management, would have wider benefits for the community.…

Tas Fire Service’s ability to manage emergency role to come under Parliamentary scrutiny

Changes to Tasmania’s Fire Service (TFS) will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee after the Opposition raised concerns about the delivery of services in the future. Labor’s demand for an inquiry, supported by the Greens, was also backed in Parliament by the Government, who said there was nothing to hide and that Labor was making…

Service burns deep for vollies

MOUNT Helena Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade had many reasons to celebrate at a recent awards ceremony when 11 of their members received a National Medal. The long-serving and dedicated firefighters achieved more than 290 years of service between them. The National Medal recognises long service by members of government and voluntary organisations who risk their…