Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government

Please find below a media statement recently published by Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC. Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government The Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Dr Steve Thomas has called on the State Government to support bushfire management by local governments throughout the state…

International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service – Statement by Hon Fran Logan MLA

The following statement was read into Parliament today by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS’ DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE MR F. LOGAN: On Sunday, 5 May, I attended the International Firefighters’ Day memorial service at the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park. The annual service is coordinated by the Department of Fire and…

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…

Shadow Minister Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Government finally listens on Bushfire Centre of Excellence

Please find below a media statement from the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC regarding the government’s announcement the Bushfire Centre of Excellence will be built in the Shire of Murray. The State Government has succumbed to pressure from the State Opposition and South West communities and agreed to locate the…

Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade say fuel loads near Prevelly and Gnarabup are at a similar level to 2011, before the devastating bushfire that destroyed 39 homes.Picture: Picture: Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade, Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

AMR Times: Fuel load alert issued

Residents in coastal areas have been warned about complacency as fuel loads return to levels seen before the devastating 2011 Margaret River bushfires. Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has urged all residents, especially in the coastal areas from Wilderness to Prevelly and Gnarabup, to implement bushfire plans and clear dead wood from around homes. “A quick…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

Busselton-Dunsborough Times: Funds windfall for sea rescue group

Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue has been identified as a priority in the allocation of record funding from the State Government after years of relying heavily on independent fundraising and securing limited government grants. Announced by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan in Busselton this month, the service’s “blatant underfunding” — as lamented by volunteers — will…