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…

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…