A picture of charity

CATHERINE Swan was painting a picture of the devastating 2011 Roleystone fire while water bomber helicopters soared overhead to the Bullsbrook-Pinjar fire in January. The Wanneroo artist said she knew she could not sell the painting for herself but had to use it to raise money. “We could hear the helicopters going over and the…

Tired fireys thanked

AS our local volunteer firefighters take a breather from an exhausting fire season, there is no better time to stop and thank them. The second annual ‘Thank You Fireys’ Red Balloon Day on February 28 is a chance to honour and thank firefighters across the country. Deputy chief bushfire control officer Greg Pobar said about…

Beyond the call for cockies

The Bedfordale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade saved a 200 year old jarrah tree from being destroyed by fire caused by lightning strikes in late January. Due to the height and location of the tree in Bungendore park the easy option would have been to cut down the tree to extinguish the fire. But the volunteers, assisted…

‘Wait and see’ on bushfire alarms

Almost one-third of people in the path of last year’s devastating Parkerville bushfire adopted a potentially deadly “wait and see” approach to evacuation, despite being largely unprepared to defend their homes, a survey shows. Research to be released today found a significant number of residents went against their pre-existing bushfire plan to evacuate, opting instead…

Mayor fumes at bushfire arsonists

As Perth’s exhausted firefighters were finally getting on top of the Bullsbrook fire last month, two new blazes started in Ellenbrook. Crews and aerial support were scrambled north and residents were evacuated as the fires moved closer to homes on Monday, January 12. One resident told The West Australian she saw youths running from bush…

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) An exploding grain silo almost killed volunteer WA firefighter Steven Hall one month ago, but as he recovers in a Perth hospital his neighbours are ensuring work on his large farming property continues. The 56-year-old from Wellstead, east…

SW bushfires fan funds for pilot

Disastrous bushfires in Northcliffe have put the South West’s controlled burn policy under the spotlight and triggered new funding to extend a local bushfire pilot program. Following criticism of the State Government’s fuel reduction measures this week, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the State Emergency Management Committee was directed to review “the co-ordination of…

DFES agrees to add “Volunteer” to Bush Fire Service branding

After consulting with brigade members and their elected zone representatives regarding proposed design changes to 5 year Service Medals, it became very clear that the new design should add the word “Volunteer” to the Bush Fire Service logo. These consultations, combined with this article in The West Australian newspaper at around the same time, started…

Response from DFES to reports about closing fire stations during Winter

Content:​Reports have appeared in today’s media that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is considering closing fire stations at night during winter.Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson this afternoon said: “I’ve had assurances from the Minister that budget cuts will not affect frontline service delivery. In this light, there are no moves…

Fire chief backs fuel load claim

WA’s top firefighter has taken a veiled swipe at the Department of Parks and Wildlife amid complaints that heavy fuel loads contributed to the severity of the blaze in Northcliffe last week. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said yesterday he “entirely agreed” with suggestions that reduced fuel loads would have made it easier…