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…

Australia grants fund to prevent bushfires

The article below was published by AustralianNews.net earlier today   The Australian government on Monday allocated $2 million to prevent deadly bushfires from ravaging rural Victorian communities. Victoria, which was hit by its worst bushfires in 2009, is a hot-spot for summer blazes. The government said the funds, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire…

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…