The West regional: DFES oversight sought

Recommendations for changes to the distribution of funds for emergency services are not supported by Capes volunteer firefighters, who say the Department of Fire and Emergency Services should maintain oversight of the fund. Last week the Economic Regulation Authority presented its final report on the Emergency Services Levy, which recommended an independent organisation be established…

Bushfire-prone local governments fail to submit life-saving hazard management plans

  Up to 60 bushfire-prone local governments in south-west WA have not submitted potentially life-saving hazard management plans required under Statewide protocols, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm warned of the inevitability of bushfires this summer and implored householders to prepare. Mr Klemm and Office of Bushfire Risk…

DFES update re: 400MHz Radio Transition Project: Phase 2 Regional Transition

For the interest and information of Members, an update from DFES regarding the 400MHz radio project: The 400MHz project has been conducting engagement workshops across country northern regions with the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of all UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radio channels & systems within our organisation. Lower South West and Great Southern…

AVBFB recognises and thanks volunteers for coming together for Tom Price

How many times have we heard a talkback caller say, “Someone should do something!” Many people feel pessimistic believing that one of the big problems in our world today is that unless something personally affects people, no one is prepared to step up and help. But one of the incredibly rewarding things about our extended family…

The Bunbury-based RAC rescue helicopter lands on Walpole Oval ahead of a day of training on Sunday. Photo: The West

Rescue chopper needs future funding

Three visits in the past week have underscored the importance of the South West RAC Rescue Helicopter, with fears the service is under a funding cloud. Comments from Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan haven’t helped soothe community concerns after he told radio listeners Opposition MPs shouldn’t bleat about a situation their financial management created. Mr…

Gidgegannup Primary students Patrick Atwood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Beagley with bushfire crew David Cole, Andrew Watt and Shane Atwood from East Gidgegannup bush fire brigade. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Gidgegannup PS students put together emergency pillowcase kits for bushfire season

GIDGEGANNUP Primary School students are better prepared for the coming bushfire season after putting together their own personal emergency pillowcase kits for home. Teacher Sian Kelly said The Pillowcase Project was important with Gidgegannup rated as one of the top five bushfire-prone areas. “The students will be putting pyjamas, toiletries, a teddy, change of clothes,…

Reminder: 50% discount for BFB volunteers to Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is the organiser of the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference (ANHMC10) in Perth, would like to advise all emergency services volunteers that they are eligible for a 50% discount to attend ANHMC10. The discounted price of $225 covers: The Conference: Both days of the two-day conference (31 Oct  – 1 Nov 2017)…

AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

Rebecca Stokes of Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Daley, First Lieutenant of the Dardanup Central Bushfire Brigade in Western Australia. (Babs McHugh)

ABC: Rise of the female firefighter: Bushfire brigade ranks filling up with women

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-20/female-firefighters-taking-up-frontline-roles/9046394 Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage…