ELA: Report on discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in the CFA and MFB to be withheld.

With thanks to the wonderful Michael Eburn from Emergency Law Australia the article below is a useful legal view of a serious and significant precedent that was set in the Victorian Court of Appeals this week. For our members in WA, the relevance isn’t just that the Victorian government felt it was worthy to formally investigate…

Mandurah Coastal Times: Dwellingup celebrates fire fighter Bradley Warr’s dedication to future of fire fighting

A DWELLINGUP resident’s dedication to the future of fire fighting was celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Dwellingup Bush Fire Brigade’s Bradley Warr received the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award at the Fire and Emergency Services award ceremony, recognising his work with the Dwellingup…

Letters to the Editor: No evidence of extinction by fire; Fire research ignored; Aboriginal fire methods

No evidence of extinction by fire Several recent correspondents have expressed concern that the Government’s bushfire protection program, including fuel reduction burning, is causing extinctions of wildlife. The science shows otherwise. There has been not one recorded instance of a species of native plant or animal that has become extinct in south-west forests due to…

Esperance Express: Ravensthorpe receives $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations

The Ravensthorpe Shire is among 17 regional local governments that will share in $5 million to physically address bushfire threats. Ravensthorpe has received $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations. Treatments can include planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and creating access roads. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said mitigation funding for regional local governments would…

ABC: Prescribed burning debate rages as Australia finds there’s no time to burn going into peak fire season

There is a lot more to prescribed burning, also known as controlled burning, than just lighting the match as a changing climate and environment poses new challenges for fire authorities. Deputy chief fire officer with Forest Fire Management (FFA) Victoria, Darrin McKenzie, said autumn burning this year was particularly challenging and the state only managed…

Esperance Express: Esperance region at ‘above average fire potential’

The Esperance region has been identified as an area with above average fire potential by the Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook report. The report was issued by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, which conducts research to help produce a ‘disaster-resilient’ Australia. The report found despite good winter rainfall, the underlying and persistent deep…

ABC interviews Dave Gossage and former Obama ES advisor

ABC Australia Wide’s Sinead Mangan interviews the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage representing the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and Craig Fugate, former administrator of FEMA in the United States and was an advisor to President Barrack Obama. Note: If the audio player above does not load for you, please…

Radio 6PR afternoons presenter Simon Beaumont interviews Dave Gossage

Radio Newstalk 6PR afternoon presenter Simon Beaumont interviewed Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about this article about retention of emergency service volunteers that appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday. Please click the link below if the media player doesn’t load. 6PR-Interview-with-Simon-Beaumont-and-Dave-Gossage-plus-talkback-03-09-2018.mp3

Letter to the Editor: Native orchids under burn threat

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) considers it unfortunate that the unknown author of the Letter to the Editor published in today’s West Australian newspaper below appears to have had dual purposes in writing to the newspaper. On face value, the correspondent seems to be arguing against a planned fuel reduction burn at…

ABC: Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

One of the country’s leading bushfire experts warns Australia needs to prepare for the threat of year-round bushfires. Drought is crippling New South Wales and large parts of Queensland, setting the stage for a bad fire season in Australia with blazes already burning large tracts of land in recent weeks. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research…

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: New DVD a tool for fire safety

Testimonies from residents who went through the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop Bushfires stirred hearts at the launch of Harvey Shire Council’s bushfire preparedness DVD on Thursday, which aims to prepare other communities. Councillors, shire staff, emergency services representatives and residents interviewed for the DVD, attended the launch of Importance of Preparedness: Lessons Learnt 2016 January Bushfires at the former…