Aveley fire aftermath, as seen from a drone. This indicates how close it got to houses. Photo: David Baylis

The Advocate: Fire commissioner admits warning about Aveley blaze ‘not good enough’

AVBFB note: It’s wonderfully refreshing to see Government officials admit that something went wrong and take responsibility for making it better in future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) therefore congratulates FES Commissioner Darren Klemm for his commendable response to this issue and we look forward to seeing the reports of this and…

Esperance Express: Mitigation Activity Fund round of funding open for 17 regional local governments

The Shires of Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup are eligible to apply for the second round of the Mitigation Activity Fund as the Esperance Shire continues to finalise an updated Bushfire Risk Management Plan. The state government announced 17 regional local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans could apply to share in $2 million from the Fund. Esperance Shire manager…

Busselton-Dunsborough Times: Funds windfall for sea rescue group

Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue has been identified as a priority in the allocation of record funding from the State Government after years of relying heavily on independent fundraising and securing limited government grants. Announced by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan in Busselton this month, the service’s “blatant underfunding” — as lamented by volunteers — will…

Mandurah Mail David Templman stock photo red truck

Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…

Mandurah Southern Districts Bushfire Brigade ‏ @Mandurah_SD_BFB Apr 18 From the Dawesville Cut south - to the City of Mandurah boundary with the Shire of Waroona - if you're in the catchment, you can join the Brigade. Check out the map and come to our recruitment days: 28/4/18 @ Wilderness Drive Park & 5/5/18 @ the Florida beach reserve.

Mandurah Mail: Mandurah Southern Districts Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade seeks new members

Mandurah Southern Districts Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has urged community members wanting to make a difference during emergencies to join their service. Brigade members will host two open morning teas as part of a volunteer drive. The events will take place at Wilderness Drive Park on April 28 and at Florida Beach Reserve on May…

Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

North Coast Times: Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton households face possible doubling of Emergency Services Levy

THE maximum annual Emergency Services Levy (ESL) could double for some north coast households in their next rates notice. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is reviewing category boundaries for parts of Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton following the opening of Butler Fire Station in 2015 and urban expansion. DFES corporate services executive director…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…