Factsheet: Qld ‘Presumptive’ legislation

Below is a text version of the Fact Sheet published by Queensland’s Worker’s Compensation Regulator explaining their new “presumptive legislation” covering both volunteer and paid firefighters who contract cancer. We thought it was useful information for WA’s Volunteers who have been told a Bill to provide cover for them would be introduced into Parliament before…

Firefighters return from tough US deployment

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister, Hon Joe Francis and Environment Minister, Hon Albert Jacob this week. ​Contingent included experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Nine Western Australian firefighters returned home today after five weeks helping crews battle bushfires burning across the north-west of the United…

State’s heightened fire risk

WA FIREFIGHTERS are preparing for another busy season in the state’s south, with above-average fire potential forecast for 2015-16. The above average fire potential for much of the State’s southern half, highlighted in the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015-16, was attributed to low rainfall, lack of soil moisture and high fuel loads, and comes…

Victorian firefighters in fight for easier compensation for work-related illness

A FERNTREE Gully man is among thousands of firefighters across the state pushing for fairer compensation for illnesses resulting from their work. Bill Watson, the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria district 13 president, told the Leader the hundreds of volunteer firefighters in the district — which includes Knox, the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah — would be…

Canna-Gutha receives Defib and Oxy Soc via CBH funding

AVBFB Executive representative Lorraine Webster attended the presentation of a brand new Defibrillator and Oxy Soc to the wonderful guys and girls of the Canna-Gutha Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade yesterday. As well as officially receiving the devices from funding made available by the CBH Group to brigades within its catchment, Brigade members also undertook training…

Fire station officially opens

YEARS of campaigning and hard work by the Collie community has come to fruition as the Allanson Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Fire Station was officially opened last Friday. The old station site was constructed in the 1970s from an old BP Service Station office, before being condemned due to safety concerns. Plans to develop a…