PerthNow: Parkerville residents launch legal action against Western Power over 2014 fire

RESIDENTS who had their homes destroyed or damaged in last year’s Parkerville fire have launched legal action against Western Power. Nearly 140 Parkerville homeowners have joined the lawsuit against the electrical company, which is being led by law firm Slater and Gordon. Fifty-seven homes, seven outbuildings and about 392ha of bushland were burned after a…

WAToday: State pressures Rockingham volunteer firefighters to fill Baldivis gap: firey

The state government is steam-rolling Rockingham volunteer firefighters into moving to Baldivis to cover for shortfalls, effectively threatening to disable their unit if they refuse, a volunteer has claimed. The City of Rockingham and DFES both assessed Baldivis as needing better fire services, especially for “structural” or house fires, which the council-run bushfire brigade is not trained or equipped for. But despite the need being identified, the state government had…

Examiner: Recognition for bushfire work

A lot has changed since Brian Watkins started volunteer firefighting in 1986 but his passion for the job still burns strong. Mr Watkins, manager of ranger and fire services for the City of Armadale, was recently recognised for his passion and dedication to volunteer firefighting with the national medal. He began volunteering with the Karratha…

BNHCRC: Natural Hazards Management Conference

The 8th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference will be held at the University of Western Australia, 13-14 October 2015. Go to conference website for all the details on abstract submission and conference registration. The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Secretariat of Western Australia will host the 8th Australasian Natural Hazards Management (ANHM) Conference, with support…

ABC: Deadline looms for volunteer firefighters to have say on Northcliffe, Boddington fires review

Volunteer firefighters have three days left to add their feedback to a major incident review into the fires which tore through parts of Boddington and Northcliffe early this year. A review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires was announced in May and will assess how operational communications, interstate resource deployment and inter-agency collaboration were…

Serving emergency services

Taking charge of Augusta Margaret River Shire’s 10 volunteer bush fire brigades is no easy task but new Community Emergency Service Manager Nathan Hall says he is up to the challenge. “I have grown up living and breathing emergency services,” he said. “When I was child my family moved to Roleystone and we had the…

DFES: WA Firefighting Awards finalists take commitment to a new level

A very big congratulations to all finalists in this year’s WA Firefighting Awards, especially Michael Cave from the Narpyn Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Sean Corbin from the East Gidgegannup VBFB, Terri Kowal from the Bunbury VBFB and Nathan Garrington from East Swan VBFB. Below is the media statement naming all finalists in each category published…