Fire alert goes out

EMERGENCY service representatives said residents should be ‘bush fire ready’ as the fire season approaches, at a meeting in Yanchep last month. Representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), City of Wanneroo and Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (QRVBFB) spoke at the August Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting. Resident Jane…

Happy Father’s Day

Western Australia’s largest emergency service simply wouldn’t be the incredible community-led resource it is without the commitment, skills and support of tens of thousands of women, men and families. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades is immensely proud to represent these people and not a single day passes that we don’t think about the…

Fire cancer compensation report due

THE committee considering volunteer controversial firefighter cancer legislation will hand its report to the Queensland Parliament today The Finance and Administration Committee has been considering amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide disease compensation to paid and unpaid firefighters. Queensland’s 35,000 rural brigade members want the State Government to change a clause that says…

Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors’ accrediting body and training courses

A further information session on accreditation and training for Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level Assessors is scheduled to take place in Geraldton. The Geraldton information session will include details about the accreditation and training courses being offered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) [the first accrediting body in Western Australia] for Level 1…

Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) meets in Adelaide

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) met in Adelaide this week to discuss a number of important national issues that impact on state-based volunteer fire associations. As an active voting member of CAVFA, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was represented by President Terry Hunter and Vice President Dave Gossage. The meeting, held…

‘Thor’ aircraft, capable of dropping 15,000 litres of water, arrives in NSW ahead of bushfire season

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has unveiled its newest firefighting tool, a massive water-bombing aircraft nicknamed Thor, ahead of the bushfire season. The plane has just arrived from North America for the Australian bushfire season and performed a practise water-bombing exercise near Richmond air base in north-west Sydney. The air tanker can drop…

Disaster assistance for flood-affected Western Australian communities

Below is an unedited media statement published today by the Premier, Hon Colin Barnett:   Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in the local government areas of Dalwallinu, Kellerberrin, Moora, Tammin, Westonia, Wongan-Ballidu, and Wyalkatchem in response to the heavy rainfall…