SJ Examiner – Heroes among us

The Jarrahdale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade will this month commemorate 30 years of serving the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale by holding a celebration for the community at the station. The brigade traces its origins back to a public meeting held at the Jarrahdale Tavern on the night of October 28, 1987 where attendees highlighted significant concerns…

The West regional: DFES oversight sought

Recommendations for changes to the distribution of funds for emergency services are not supported by Capes volunteer firefighters, who say the Department of Fire and Emergency Services should maintain oversight of the fund. Last week the Economic Regulation Authority presented its final report on the Emergency Services Levy, which recommended an independent organisation be established…

Bushfire-prone local governments fail to submit life-saving hazard management plans

  Up to 60 bushfire-prone local governments in south-west WA have not submitted potentially life-saving hazard management plans required under Statewide protocols, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm warned of the inevitability of bushfires this summer and implored householders to prepare. Mr Klemm and Office of Bushfire Risk…

The Bunbury-based RAC rescue helicopter lands on Walpole Oval ahead of a day of training on Sunday. Photo: The West

Rescue chopper needs future funding

Three visits in the past week have underscored the importance of the South West RAC Rescue Helicopter, with fears the service is under a funding cloud. Comments from Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan haven’t helped soothe community concerns after he told radio listeners Opposition MPs shouldn’t bleat about a situation their financial management created. Mr…