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…

CQUni researchers in national spotlight at ‘Bushfire and Natural Hazards’ conference

Two CQUniversity researchers were on show to their peers across the country recently at the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council) conference. Professor Kevin Ronan and Dr Danielle Every were both on the program, which included more than 100 presentations across three days in Adelaide. Child-centered…

Fire alert goes out

EMERGENCY service representatives said residents should be ‘bush fire ready’ as the fire season approaches, at a meeting in Yanchep last month. Representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), City of Wanneroo and Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (QRVBFB) spoke at the August Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting. Resident Jane…

‘Thor’ aircraft, capable of dropping 15,000 litres of water, arrives in NSW ahead of bushfire season

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has unveiled its newest firefighting tool, a massive water-bombing aircraft nicknamed Thor, ahead of the bushfire season. The plane has just arrived from North America for the Australian bushfire season and performed a practise water-bombing exercise near Richmond air base in north-west Sydney. The air tanker can drop…