Tired fireys thanked

AS our local volunteer firefighters take a breather from an exhausting fire season, there is no better time to stop and thank them. The second annual ‘Thank You Fireys’ Red Balloon Day on February 28 is a chance to honour and thank firefighters across the country. Deputy chief bushfire control officer Greg Pobar said about…

Beyond the call for cockies

The Bedfordale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade saved a 200 year old jarrah tree from being destroyed by fire caused by lightning strikes in late January. Due to the height and location of the tree in Bungendore park the easy option would have been to cut down the tree to extinguish the fire. But the volunteers, assisted…

‘Wait and see’ on bushfire alarms

Almost one-third of people in the path of last year’s devastating Parkerville bushfire adopted a potentially deadly “wait and see” approach to evacuation, despite being largely unprepared to defend their homes, a survey shows. Research to be released today found a significant number of residents went against their pre-existing bushfire plan to evacuate, opting instead…

Mayor fumes at bushfire arsonists

As Perth’s exhausted firefighters were finally getting on top of the Bullsbrook fire last month, two new blazes started in Ellenbrook. Crews and aerial support were scrambled north and residents were evacuated as the fires moved closer to homes on Monday, January 12. One resident told The West Australian she saw youths running from bush…

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) An exploding grain silo almost killed volunteer WA firefighter Steven Hall one month ago, but as he recovers in a Perth hospital his neighbours are ensuring work on his large farming property continues. The 56-year-old from Wellstead, east…

SW bushfires fan funds for pilot

Disastrous bushfires in Northcliffe have put the South West’s controlled burn policy under the spotlight and triggered new funding to extend a local bushfire pilot program. Following criticism of the State Government’s fuel reduction measures this week, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the State Emergency Management Committee was directed to review “the co-ordination of…

Fire chief backs fuel load claim

WA’s top firefighter has taken a veiled swipe at the Department of Parks and Wildlife amid complaints that heavy fuel loads contributed to the severity of the blaze in Northcliffe last week. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said yesterday he “entirely agreed” with suggestions that reduced fuel loads would have made it easier…

DFES plan upsets volunteers

THE fire department created “angst and mistrust” among this state’s 26,000 volunteer firefighters with its controversial plans to overhaul emergency service laws. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) last year released a concept paper calling for changes, including more powers for the department. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) response shows…

Bid to tackle ‘sleeper’ embers

WA firefighters are using advanced weather reading technology to identify smouldering embers from lightning strikes that can flare into dangerous bushfires days later. As weary firefighting crews battled dangerous blaze burning near homes in Waroona and Manjimup yesterday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services revealed it was using new tactics to find so-called “sleepers”.…

US tragedy forges bonds for fireys

It was one of the worst bushfire tragedies in US history with the deaths of 19 members of the legendary Granite Mountain Hotshots. But from that 2013 tragedy in the hills of Arizona has emerged an unlikely bond, which will be affirmed this year when members of the Preston Road Bushfire Brigade near Collie travel…

Homes damaged in Waroona bushfire

At least one property has been destroyed and two others damaged by an out-of-control bushfire burning in Waroona, 110km south of Perth. Department of Fire and Emergency Services is not able to confirm the damage reports but is planning to carry out an aerial assessment this morning. A bushfire emergency warning remains in place and…