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…

Bushfire scientist David Packham warns of huge blaze threat, urges increase in fuel reduction burns

Forest fuel levels have worsened over the past 30 years because of “misguided green ideology”, vested interests, political failure and mismanagement, creating a massive bushfire threat, a former CSIRO bushfire scientist has warned. Victoria’s “failed fire management policy” is an increasing threat to human life, water supplies, property and the forest environment, David Packham said…

Minister Terry Redman defends validity of using Royalties for Regions’ money for prescribed burning

Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, says using Royalties for Regions’ funding to help the prescribed burning program is a legitimate use of the scheme. Last week, Mr Redman pledged to get Royalties for Regions’ funding allocated to prescribed burning in the wake of the Northcliffe bushfires. Speaking on ABC Local Radio, the…

Capricorn Festival moves

COMMUNITY groups will be fundraising and promoting their volunteer services at a fair in Two Rocks this Saturday. The annual Capricorn Festival will shift north to Charnwood Reserve on March 21 after organisers decided it had outgrown its usual venue at Old Nursery Park in Yanchep. Acumen principal Jarrod Rendell said having the festival in…

Quirk offended by WA fire station minder

LABOR leader Mark McGowan says a ban preventing his emergency services spokeswoman from visiting fire stations is another personal attack on the feisty MP. But Mr McGowan concedes he hasn’t read the complaint made by a firefighter against Margaret Quirk after she visited a fire station, which prompted emergency services minister Joe Francis to enforce…

MP banned from fire station visits

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis has taken the unusual step of banning shadow emergency services minister Margaret Quirk from visiting fire stations because of complaints she was “rude and disrespectful” on a recent visit. Ms Quirk dismissed the ban as a “political stunt” after Mr Francis wrote to her after her visit to East Perth…

Hardware store receives top honour

The important contribution employers make to emergency services across the State by allowing their employees to attend emergency incidents as volunteers, was recognised last week with an Albany business receiving the highest honour. Hardware store T&C Supplies was presented with a Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers Employer Recognition Gold Award – one of…

Emergency Services Motorcycle Club ride

In the spirit of promoting good causes that might result in better collaboration, friendships and mental health within our extended emergency services family, the Association is happy to relay the information below from Syd Bignell from the Emergency Services Motorcycle Association (ESMA) regarding its next group ride. For more information, please visit the ESMA website…

Too much fire, not enough bodies

Saving WA towns from a summer of raging infernos fell to teams of exhausted heroes. It was an onslaught that wouldn’t end: fire after fire after fire, rising up to threaten homes and force evacuations, being beaten into submission by exhausted firefighters only for another to spring up somewhere else. On at least 40 days…