Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

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…

AVBFB Vice President Phil Penny recognised as Citizen of the Year

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.…

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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…

Esperance Express: Esperance region at ‘above average fire potential’

The Esperance region has been identified as an area with above average fire potential by the Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook report. The report was issued by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, which conducts research to help produce a ‘disaster-resilient’ Australia. The report found despite good winter rainfall, the underlying and persistent deep…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

WA Gov’t: Thank you to our emergency services volunteers

National Volunteer Week starts today Recognises the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout the State and nation Ninety-nine per cent of emergency services personnel in the regions are volunteers Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has expressed his gratitude and support for emergency services volunteers and the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe. This…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…

WA Govt: Rural Fire Division to drive new era of enhanced bushfire management

$80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity through the new Rural Fire Division Major reforms address issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry $18 million for the Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence Unprecedented $34.6 million increase in funding for bushfire mitigation $15 million extension to the Bushfire Risk Management Plans program Greater support for…