Bindoon volunteer firefighter Dennis Badcock recalls close call after truck engulfed in burnover

This article in today’s Sunday Times newspaper says so much about the diverse, invaluable volunteers who make up our amazing emergency services family. Thank you Dennis for your work and perhaps more importantly, sharing your experience so the people of Western Australia can finally get some understanding of the risks our 26,000 volunteer bush fire…

Firefighting has hardly changed in a century. But bushfires certainly have

Here’s an interesting article penned by Jim Casey, State Secretary of the NSW Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and recently published in The Guardian’s Australian edition earlier this week. The AVBFB isn’t going to make comment on the union’s recent attacks of the Federal Government on the basis of Climate Change, but we certainly agree with the overwhelming evidence that…

Fear over bushfire copycats

The State Government is concerned about a recent surge in deliberately lit fires around Perth, warning that copycat firebugs often try to mimic destructive blazes interstate that they see on television. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis branded arson “the most un-Australian sheer act of bastardry” and urged people to report any suspicious behaviour, as firefighters…

Cloudy future for vollie firies

Perth Hills volunteer bush fire brigade members whose future remains unclear. VOLUNTEER firefighters are following up community concerns about the future of their bushfire brigades in the wake of local government reforms announced last year. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVFB) is urging brigade leaders in municipalities where government boundaries are due to…

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Deep tensions within the ACT’s emergency services leadership saw the territory’s fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency. ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain lodged a bullying complaint against his own boss, Emergency Services Commissioner Dominic Lane, in the middle of this year. The…

Qld Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds; fire chief retires

Queensland’s fire chief has taken early retirement after a report found the state’s Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying. Premier Campbell Newman ordered a review into the service after it was revealed in September that male firefighters used social…

Request from Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project

We received the following request for information from the Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project. Please make contact with them directly if you would like to help. Seeking Historical information on the following Pilbara Brigades as part of the Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project: Port Hedland South Hedland Wittenoom Onslow Roebourne Dampier Wickham Karratha Tom Price…

Bushfires – Inside The Inferno S1 Ep1

If you missed the first episode of the informative SBS program “Bushfires – Inside the Inferno” on Wednesday night, you can download and watch it at this address: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/346404419939/Bushfires-Inside-The-Inferno-S1-Ep1?cid=od:v2:1#__federated=1 And here’s a brief summary of what it’s all about: In Australia, our bushfire season commences earlier and earlier and on the verge of another sweltering…

SW fireys brace for hot summer

Firefighters in the South West are bracing for a dangerous bushfire season amid tinder-dry soil conditions and forecasts of hotter than average weather this summer. The Weather Bureau yesterday released its seasonal outlook for November to January, predicting above-average temperatures across the South West. Although the bureau said there was a 65-70 per cent chance…

Tough start for fire volunteers

MORE than 400 firefighters spent five days containing an underground fire near Neerabup Lake. The peat fire started after lightning struck the area on Saturday, October 18. The fire burned underground until flames broke through the surface about noon on October 21. Wanneroo chief bush fire control officer Phil Hay said conditions were “very dangerous,…