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,…

‘Selfish’ thieves rob fire brigade’s shed

The group representing the State’s bushfire volunteers has slammed a recent burglary on the Quindanning Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade as “selfish”, calling the act “foolishness” of the highest order. The executive officer at the Association for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Darren Brown, came out in support of the 12 Quindanning volunteer firemen whose sheds were…

Owners flare share on prescribed burns

THE Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has completed 29 prescribed burns this fire season. These comprise 18 prescribed burns vested with the City and 11 private property prescribed burns. “Prescribed burns form part of the brigade’s core operations. Operation costs are covered in the City’s budget under the law, order and public safety program,”…

Fines for false fire calls

West Australians who repeatedly trigger false fire alarms will be fined $750 from next year after frustrated firefighters needlessly raced to more than 10,700 fake emergencies last financial year. WA is the only State not to issue fines for repeated false alarms, which the Department of Fire and Emergency Services spent more than $8 million…

2014 WA Firefighting Awards presented in Perth

WA’s most outstanding firefighters were recognised at the 2014 Firefighting Awards on Sunday. Five awards were handed out during the ceremony at Perth Exhibition Convention Centre for volunteer and career firefighters who have excelled while serving WA communities. Firefighters from Broome, Boddington, Cue, Fitzroy Crossing and Perth received awards. Among the recipients was Kenn McLeod…

Bushfire rules fail most vulnerable

Proposed bushfire regulations that could start in May do not address property valuations, mortgages or insurance issues for properties in areas considered prone to fire, the Australian Property Institute has warned. The draft State planning policy for bushfire risk management is designed to protect people, property and infrastructure from the impact of fires but the…

Farewell Superintendent Merv Austic

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has expressed sincere thanks to former Superintendent Merv Austic who recently resigned from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Mr Austic, who has served the Western Australian community via various roles within the fire and emergency services field for 20 years, will be sorely missed. The…

Volunteer Groups oppose takeover

Emergency services organisations have rejected a takeover bid by the WA Government. In submissions to the Review of Emergency Services Acts, they claim the Department of Fire and Emergency Services doesn’t understand volunteer organisations and say “insensitive” language and a lack of training support has eroded trust. The submissions, by the Association of Volunteer Bush…