Esperance Fires Review released

The Major Incident Report into the Esperance Fires was released this week and it supports the Association’s advocacy for a new approach to bush fire management. At first glance it may seem a case of déjà vu with the same problems identified by previous reviews continuing to impede the effectiveness of our fire fighting capacity.…

Association at the Waroona Fire Inquiry

The Association’s Vice President, Dave Gossage, and CEO, Tony Papafilis, met this week with Euan Ferguson, Special Inquirer into the Waroona Fire. It was an amicable and stimulating meeting with a wide range of issues and ideas discussed. Euan Ferguson’s career background in rural fire service organisations means that he understand most of the issues…

Report criticises Esperance fire effort

Below is part of The West Australian’s coverage of the Esperance fires review. The full article can be found at https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31209575/report-criticises-esperance-fire-effort/ __________________________________________________________   The response to last year’s catastrophic Esperance bushfires in which four people died has been criticised over communication breakdowns between authorities and people on the ground. An independent report by the Nous…

Interstate interest in WA bush fires

Interest in the Esperance fires has been sustained in other states with media coverage given to the Esperance Fires MIR released this week. Below is an extract from an article by Greg Roberts in The Age newspaper with the full article accessible via the following link. http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/esperance-fires-report-criticises-communication-during-esperance-fire-effort-20160329-gnts6x.html   ‘Esperance fires: Report criticises communication during Esperance…

Association represented at DOACs

The Association was represented at the recent DOAC held in Narrogin by Dave Gossage while the Merredin and Northam DOAC meetings were attended by George Storer and Tony Papafilis. The meetings, as always, went through extensive agendas covering a range of issues as well as reports on activities and forward planning by shires and volunteers,…

Association visits Wanneroo Central BFB

The Association’s Treasurer, Lorraine Webster, Committee Member Michael Webster and Tony Papafilis visited the Wanneroo Central Brigade for their monthly meeting held on 21st March. We thank Darren Mibus, Brigade Captain and Fire Control Officer for extending an invitation to the Association. We thank the volunteers for their welcome, the opportunity to meet in person, talk about…

Fire amidst tumbling rains

Nature’s oddities amaze and confound such as fire amidst heavy rain. This is the story from WAToday, part of which is reproduced below, about people watching the effect of heavy rains causing a rare dam overflow yet finding themselves also calling out the bush fire brigades.   “Perth weather: storm over Perth Hills causes both…

Changes to DFES’ Volunteer portal

DFES have made changes to the Volunteer Portal that refine the registration process for new volunteers and ensure they have access to the eAcademy, DFES’ online training management system. All volunteers will have secure access to the eAcademy that will enable them to receive training related information and alerts directly to their nominated email address.…

Inspiring women in emergency services

The West Australian published a very good article by Katherine Fleming about women volunteering for emergency services. The article focused on three inspiring women in different emergency services. The following is a part of the article focussing on Debbie Screen from the Parkerville Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. The full article can be accessed via following…

Petition for Parliamentary Inquiry

A petition with 2131 signatures was delivered to Parliament and presented to the Hon Rick Mazza MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region for the Shooters and Fishers Party. Delivering the Petition were Manjimup Shire’s Fire Control Officer Tom Muir and Waroona beef producer Raymond Hull, who also organised the petition. The Hon Rick Mazza MLC…