The West: Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters

The following editorial appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters Western Australia’s climate has many wonderful benefits. Our summers provide marvellous opportunities to enjoy our endless beaches and for socialising at relaxed evening barbecues. But there is also a downside — dry summer paddocks and bush makes our…

Joint media statement – Disaster assistance following the tropical low and associated flooding in the Kimberley and East Pilbara

Disaster assistance has been activated in response to the tropical low and associated flooding that affected the Kimberley and East Pilbara in late January 2018. Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for disaster assistance, said…

The Alert SA app crashed during a weekend of catastrophic fire danger and a serious bushfire. ABC News: Stuart Stansfield

ABC News: Alert SA scrapped by State Government after failure during catastrophic fire conditions

A new emergency services smartphone application, Alert SA, will be ditched by the South Australian Government after users could not access fire alerts during catastrophic weather conditions on Saturday. Saturday’s weather created what Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton described as the “worst fire danger conditions seen in years”, but the app collapsed before it was…

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WA Govt: WA’s firefighters take to the skies for the 2017-18 bushfire season

New multipurpose hangar in Jandakot to significantly boost support for aerial fleet New air attack helicopter The State’s $21 million full aerial firefighting fleet ready for summer Western Australia’s $21 million aerial firefighting fleet has been bolstered this bushfire season with the addition of a multipurpose helicopter and new multipurpose hangar. Emergency Services Minister Fran…