Gidgegannup Primary students Patrick Atwood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Beagley with bushfire crew David Cole, Andrew Watt and Shane Atwood from East Gidgegannup bush fire brigade. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Gidgegannup PS students put together emergency pillowcase kits for bushfire season

GIDGEGANNUP Primary School students are better prepared for the coming bushfire season after putting together their own personal emergency pillowcase kits for home. Teacher Sian Kelly said The Pillowcase Project was important with Gidgegannup rated as one of the top five bushfire-prone areas. “The students will be putting pyjamas, toiletries, a teddy, change of clothes,…

AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

Rebecca Stokes of Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Daley, First Lieutenant of the Dardanup Central Bushfire Brigade in Western Australia. (Babs McHugh)

ABC: Rise of the female firefighter: Bushfire brigade ranks filling up with women

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-20/female-firefighters-taking-up-frontline-roles/9046394 Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage…

PHOTO: Steve Angel discovered his Dwellingup house was badly underinsured after a bushfire in 2007. (Supplied: Steve Angel)

ABC: Bushfire insurance is complicated and mundane, but makes a difference when disaster hits

  If a bushfire destroys your home, having sufficient insurance can make the difference between successfully rebuilding and suffering irrevocable loss. While it may seem mundane, expensive and something people hope never to use, being fully covered for what the insurance industry calls a “total loss” can be vital to recovery. The pitfalls of underinsurance…