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…

A lack of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges for local bushfire brigades

A LACK of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges faced by local bushfire brigades, according to a report released by the Auditor-General Colin Murphy last Thursday. The report outlined concerns about volunteer fatigue and the lack of training. Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal said there was a definite demand for more training on…

Insight sought on bushfire predictability

A WORLD-FIRST University of Tasmania study is expected to reveal new information about bushfire predictability. Current science enables firefighters to estimate the best locations for resources and evacuations ahead of time, but there are concerns that the science could be rendered useless in the event of a super fire. The state’s bushfire season will begin…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…