A lack of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges for local bushfire brigades

A LACK of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges faced by local bushfire brigades, according to a report released by the Auditor-General Colin Murphy last Thursday. The report outlined concerns about volunteer fatigue and the lack of training. Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal said there was a definite demand for more training on…

Insight sought on bushfire predictability

A WORLD-FIRST University of Tasmania study is expected to reveal new information about bushfire predictability. Current science enables firefighters to estimate the best locations for resources and evacuations ahead of time, but there are concerns that the science could be rendered useless in the event of a super fire. The state’s bushfire season will begin…

QwN: West Perth Fire Station

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Perth Eleni Evangel and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms E. EVANGEL to the Minister for Emergency Services: This morning I joined the minister in inspecting the site for the construction of the new West Perth fire station that…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General The Association representing 77% of WA’s emergency service personnel has welcomed today’s report from the Auditor General into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) Support and Preparedness of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers. AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said that on first…

‘Are You Ready’ funding to Western Australia for bushfire prevention projects

Below is an unedited media statement recently published by the acting Emergency Services Minister, Hon Liza Harvey ​Grants to help communities become bushfire ready Commonwealth Justice Minister Michael Keenan has announced $904,000 in funding over three years to help reduce the bushfire risk in Western Australia, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire Mitigation Program.…

Australia grants fund to prevent bushfires

The article below was published by AustralianNews.net earlier today   The Australian government on Monday allocated $2 million to prevent deadly bushfires from ravaging rural Victorian communities. Victoria, which was hit by its worst bushfires in 2009, is a hot-spot for summer blazes. The government said the funds, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire…