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…

Shelters honour firies

Below is an article that appeared in the Hills Gazette this week MUNDARING Rotary Club has built two recreational shelters as part of a project to thank firies for their heroic action in the Parkerville, Stoneville and Mt Helena bushfire last year. A morning tea on Saturday marked the completion of the shelters and the…

ABC: High suicide rates amongst emergency workers; experts warn PTSD sufferers not getting needed treatment

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/7pm/nsw/video/201506/PDs_EmergDeaths_0306_512k.mp4 New figures reveal one police officer, paramedic or firefighter is taking their own life every six weeks, and experts warn frontline emergency workers are not getting the treatment they need. The Intentional Self-Harm Fact Sheet is based on coronial cases around Australia and shows 110 police officers, paramedics and firefighters died by suicide between…

ABC: Commissioner says perfect advice during bushfires not possible, critical message system planned

WA’s fire commissioner says it is impossible to provide perfect advice to the public during a major bushfire. Appearing at a budget estimates hearing, commissioner Wayne Gregson was questioned about the Government’s critical message project to provide a single source of messaging during emergencies. Mr Gregson acknowledged that fire authorities had been criticised by some…

Volunteer firefighter numbers up, despite anger at increases to ESL bills

VOLUNTEER firefighter numbers have surged in the wake of major blazes including the Sampson Flat inferno, despite controversy over increases to Emergency Services Levy bills. The top brass of South Australia’s emergency services and Treasury officials today fronted a meeting of State Parliament’s Economic and Finance committee. CFS chief executive Greg Nettleton told the committee…

WA Volunteers recognised

The following news article was published by GWN/7 News on 18 May about the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.   More than 2900 fires have broken out in WA already this year. And many of them have been put out by volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteers are at…

Humility wins out for our volunteers

From a young environmentalist to a 90-year-old aged care worker, this year’s outstanding WA volunteers have one thing in common – humility. “Being a volunteer you don’t expect this but it’s nice to think I am achieving this. I am very grateful,” Betty Fairclough, 90, said. Ms Fairclough was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering…

2015 Australian Fire Cadet Championships

The 2015 Australian Fire Cadet Championships will again be co-hosted by the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service Association at Myuna Bay Sport & Rec Camp from 28 September – 1 October 2015. Official invitations to compete have been sent to DFES from Commissioner Fitzsimmons. The website, www.fire-cadets.org.au and the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AustralianFireCadetChampionships…

Survival Story

Below is a short story that appeared on the Channel Nine News on Thursday 23 April regarding the terrible accident that befell Mt Helena Volunteer Bush Fire Fighter Steve Hart. Assisted by his mate and fellow firefighter Mick Fitpatrick, Steve tells Nine report Ben Hennessy that he owes his life to the correct use of…