CFA CEO resigns

Here’s a media statement just published by the Victorian CFA:   Mick Bourke has stepped down as chief executive officer of the Country Fire Authority. CFA Chair Claire Higgins paid tribute to Mr Bourke and his achievements over the last six years. “Mick has led the organisation for the last six years through a period…

DFES plan upsets volunteers

THE fire department created “angst and mistrust” among this state’s 26,000 volunteer firefighters with its controversial plans to overhaul emergency service laws. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) last year released a concept paper calling for changes, including more powers for the department. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) response shows…

Firefighters call for support as WA faces further fire risk

  Content: In preparation for a second week of challenging fire conditions, 137 Victorian firefighters will begin arriving in Western Australia to provide interstate support for the State’s emergency response efforts.   WA career and volunteer firefighters have been working tirelessly over the last week, battling blazes across the State and saving countless lives and…

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MANJIMUP BUSHFIRES

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in response to the Manjimup bushfire. Mr Keenan said that the assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Mr Barnett today told a community meeting in Pemberton…

AVBFB seeks clarification on “Emergency” declaration

The Association has received a number of enquiries regarding the use of the word “emergency” in regard to the current incidents in both Northcliffe and Boddington. There appears to be some confusion as to whether or not the FES Commissioner’s “emergency warning” advice published yesterday and today is a declaration of an “emergency situation” under…

Bid to tackle ‘sleeper’ embers

WA firefighters are using advanced weather reading technology to identify smouldering embers from lightning strikes that can flare into dangerous bushfires days later. As weary firefighting crews battled dangerous blaze burning near homes in Waroona and Manjimup yesterday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services revealed it was using new tactics to find so-called “sleepers”.…

US tragedy forges bonds for fireys

It was one of the worst bushfire tragedies in US history with the deaths of 19 members of the legendary Granite Mountain Hotshots. But from that 2013 tragedy in the hills of Arizona has emerged an unlikely bond, which will be affirmed this year when members of the Preston Road Bushfire Brigade near Collie travel…

Homes damaged in Waroona bushfire

At least one property has been destroyed and two others damaged by an out-of-control bushfire burning in Waroona, 110km south of Perth. Department of Fire and Emergency Services is not able to confirm the damage reports but is planning to carry out an aerial assessment this morning. A bushfire emergency warning remains in place and…

Media backgrounder: WA’s Emergency Services (infographic)

The Association has been working hard to ensure the public understands that Western Australia relies heavily on the goodwill, local knowledge and expert skills of volunteers in the realm of emergency services. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that one thing the AVBFB could do to get that important message out is…