WA volunteer bush firefighters will only support rural fire service independent of Department of Fire and Emergency Services

The WA Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says a rural fire service would only work if it operated as a separate entity to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) because of cultural differences. The establishment of a rural fire service was one of the main recommendations of an inquiry into January’s Yarloop/Waroona…

CFA Crisis: Chief fire officer Joe Buffone quits

The chief fire officer of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority has become the latest victim of Premier Daniel Andrews workplace deal with the United Firefighters Union. CFA chief officer Joe Buffone resigned after his position became “untenable.” As first reported by The Age there had been significant pressure on Mr Buffone to endorse a new deal with the union, something he…

Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passes Lower House with support from all sides

The Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the Legislative Assembly with support from all political parties.  The Bill’s purposes include the sensible streamlining of the process for declaring an emergency situation, redefining the term hazard for emergency purposes and allocating to the State Emergency Management Committee the task of reporting to the Minister on…

Petition: Create an independently funded and administered Rural Fire Service in Western Australia

A petition in support of an independent Rural Fire Service has been started by Lance Duivenbode. Below is Lance’s message and you can add your name to his petition through the following link https://www.change.org/p/premier-colin-barnett-create-an-independently-funded-and-administered-country-fire-bush-fire-service . This is an important issue for all volunteer bush fire fighters so we encourage volunteers and the community at large…

Association congratulates Euan Ferguson on his candid report

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the report and findings of the Ferguson Inquiry into the Waroona Fires. The Association’s Executive Committee Members, President Dave Gossage AFSM, Vice President Phil Penny, Secretary John Mangini and Treasurer Lorraine Webster were at the community meeting in Harvey for the public release of the Report. A noticeable presence of…

What went wrong in Yarloop: reports released on devastating bushfire

The current system for managing bushfire in WA is “failing citizens and the Government”, according to the official report into January’s Yarloop-Waroona bushfire. The report, titled Reframing Rural Fire Management, has been tabled in Parliament by Premier Colin Barnett this morning. In his introduction to the report special inquirer Euan Ferguson wrote witnesses had “variously…