WA Gov’t: Collie to be home to multipurpose bushfire management facility

Below is a media statement published by the Premier Mark McGowan, Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Minister for Volunteering and Member for Collie-Preston, Mick Murray. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) understands the need for this government to invest in Collie and based on the limited information we currently have, provide in…

WA Nationals: Minister Logan Failing Volunteer Firefighters

For member’s information, please find below a media statement published by Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa. The Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa says it is disappointing that the Minister for Emergency Services has again failed to consult and support  volunteer firefighters. The Minister has rejected an offer from WA’s…

QLD Country Life: Rural fire and SES volunteers face uncertainty

For member’s interest, below is an article published by Queensland Country Life about some concerning recent actions taken by the Queensland government regarding the structure of their volunteer emergency services. A proposed restructure of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has ignited a political firestorm and left rural fire brigades scratching their heads. From April…

Emergency Services minister Fran Logan and Marine Rescue volunteer Daniel Beer with the new VOIP communications equipment at Point Moore Picture: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Guardian: VOIP a boost for Geraldton marine rescue group

The Volunteer Marine Rescue service in Geraldton has acquired revolutionary new communications equipment in the form of a voice over internet protocol system used to run life-saving missions. Volunteer Daniel Beard said the new VOIP system allowed volunteers to massively expand their capability by viewing data, videos, maps and graphics on-screen while communicating with multiple…

At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

WA Gov’t: Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be based in regional WA

Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be established in the Shire of Murray Key part of McGowan Government’s record $128.5 million investment in critical fire and emergency services Centre to focus on leadership, collaboration and innovation across the sector Design expected to be finalised in the coming months A first of its kind $18 million…

WA & Fed Gov: WA jets into the future with new emergency mapping capability

New Learjet with Linescanner camera will map large-scale emergencies such as bushfires and floods Travels at 700kmh to reach the farthest regions of the State in just three hours Initial 90-day contract represents $750,000 investment in emergency mapping technology Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet now includes a Learjet, which can travel the length of the…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…