AVBFB welcomes Sky Crane team

AVBFB Vice President Dave Gossage took time out this morning to meet with the 2014 Sky Crane team, welcoming them back to Western Australia. Whilst aerial support is always welcome, the pilots themselves acknowledged that they only part of the team required and without fire fighters on the ground, fires would continue to grow. On behalf of…

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Deep tensions within the ACT’s emergency services leadership saw the territory’s fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency. ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain lodged a bullying complaint against his own boss, Emergency Services Commissioner Dominic Lane, in the middle of this year. The…

Qld Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds; fire chief retires

Queensland’s fire chief has taken early retirement after a report found the state’s Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying. Premier Campbell Newman ordered a review into the service after it was revealed in September that male firefighters used social…

Bushfire Risk Management submissions online

As part of the development of the government’s proposed Planning and Development (Bushfire Risk Management) Regulations 2014, a number of stakeholders, including Local Government Authorities, have made submissions which are now publicly available to view online at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/7452.asp The Department of Planning has advised that it is currently considering all comments received on the bushfire regulations.

Landmark legislation to protect firefighters (Qld)

The RFBAQ welcomes this momentous announcement from Premier Newman, and his Governments assurances that volunteer firefighters in Queensland will have the same rights to presumptive legislation as any other firefighter without any discriminatory qualifying or attendance prerequisites. This was 1 of 6 key election policy requests that the RFBAQ sent to every political party in…