Bushfire warriors

DURING a forest fire they are sent to do the hardest, dirtiest work. Armed with everything from shovels to bulldozers, the fire gangs are known to insiders as the elite troops in the state’s firefighting army. Bushfire Front chairman Roger Underwood said now that the worst fire season for a generation was finally over, it…

Keep Your Head When the Heat Is On

I have no awareness of the details of the Lancefield fire in Victoria that broke control lines and subsequently burnt 3,000 ha. This comment is not about those details which will be revealed soon enough through an independent investigation. I feel compelled however, to comment in response to the insulting and disrespectful remarks made by…

Fires left eye in the sky dark

After a decade of watching WA’s biggest bushfires from the State’s most impressive vantage point, Mike Stewart is immune to sights others would find terrifying or shocking. But, last summer’s blazes have left the Department of Fire and Emergency Services aerial attack supervisor with surreal firefighting memories he will carry for years. As fires inched…

Our bushfire luck is running out

WA fire crews are bracing for a once-in-a-century catastrophe this summer, akin to Victoria’s Black Saturday. And as authorities declared WA’s luck could run out, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services survey showed an alarming number of West Australians were underprepared for the upcoming fire season and were failing to follow the most basic…

Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to have donated significant time to assist Western Power develop and deliver another year of deeply appreciated grants for Brigades. Below is the original media statement published by Western Power announcing the outcome of our combined work. Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades…

AVBFB and CBH present equipment to Waggrakine VBFB

The mid-west zone representatives of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades were on hand to present some much-needed equipment to members of the Waggrakine VBFB tonight, generously funded by the CBH Group. The AVBFB donated its time and resources to help the CBH Group identify, procure and distribute the equipment made available through an independent grants…

Article: Living with Bushfires

Here’s an interesting article we found recently published by one of Australia’s leading Science Journalists, Dr Paul Willis   I choose to live in an area of high bushfire risk. I’m not alone, many of my fellow Australians live in similar areas on the margins of our cities or in country and rural areas. As the…

Country Fire Service brigades maintain firefighting boycott following lower Eyre Peninsula blaze

South Australian volunteer firefighters have renewed threats to boycott fighting fires on State Government land, following a fire on the lower Eyre Peninsula on Saturday. The fire burnt through scrubland in the Lincoln National Park near Port Lincoln before it was brought under control just before 7:30pm. Last year, several Country Fire Service (CFS) brigades…