NFPA: Doing Good in a good way, helping neighboring communities with wildfire safety preparedness

Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is a great reminder that despite the way it is often presented, effective bushfire mitigation involves much more than just planned (prescribed) burning. Even though the government has just raised the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) by around 10% with most…

The West: Western Power fight against Parkerville residents over bushfire damage a ‘grasp for immunity’

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very proud and appreciative of the support we have been able to secure for our members via the annual Western Power small equipment grant scheme. In that sense, it is somewhat troubling to see the GTE (Government Trading Enterprise) in court regarding the liability for the…

ABC: Tathra bushfire: Inquiry finds ‘palpable animosity’ between NSW firefighting agencies

Four months since bushfires ripped through Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast, an independent review has found “palpable animosity” between the state’s firefighting organisations and called for urgent reform. The inquiry observed that friction between members of Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) meant “the common enemy of…

Midland Reporter: Perth communities battling toxic firefighting foam contamination band together

COMMUNITIES battling contamination from toxic chemicals leaked from Australian Defence Force and commercial sites have banded together to highlight what they say is a growing environmental and health crisis across Australia. The Coalition Against PFAS (CAP) has launched a website to advocate for dozens of communities impacted by the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances…

ABC: Firefighting goats: Portugal enlists help of surprising ally to prevent deadly bushfires

Unaware that time is short, more than 200 brown-and-white goats slowly munch their way through the thick undergrowth that covers the hills of southern Portugal. Squinting against the Sun’s glare, Daniel Fernandes, a 61-year-old goatherd, whistles and makes clicking noises to direct his animals across the ridges where they can fill their bellies on the…