The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

Volunteers such as King River firefighter Simon Whitfort are on their last legs. Photo: ABC

ABC: Exhausted volunteer firefighters stretched thin in WA as (private) hazard reduction burns get out of control

Volunteer firefighters across southern Western Australia say they are being stretched too thin, battling an unprecedented number of private burns gone awry while trying to chase prescribed burn targets. “For the last week I’ve spent almost every day doing something to do with fire,” Great Southern volunteer firefighter Dave Wettenhall said. The veteran firefighter said…

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Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…

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…

Mitigation, including prescribed burning – cheaper, safer and expertly managed

Many have already seen this video shared by Parks and Wildlife earlier this week from the Mundaring fires. It’s a bit of a mix of messages but the first and arguably the most important from our perspective was the acknowledgement of the volunteer effort involved in managing it so successfully. But there’s another very important…

QwN: Bushfire mitigation

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered in Parliament yesterday by the Hon Stephen Dawson as Minister for Environment BUSHFIRE MITIGATION Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Environment: I refer to feedback that regional offices within the minister’s portfolio that have firefighting capacity have been…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

Bushfire mitigation funding available for high-risk priority local governments

$15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to operate over four years $3 million available in first year (2017-18) for on-ground mitigation works 15 identified local governments eligible Applications now open A total of 15 local governments in high-risk priority areas are now eligible to apply for bushfire mitigation funding from the inaugural four-year $15 million Mitigation…