Fire truck pulled from City fleet

  The City of Albany has been forced to remove one of its heavy-duty trucks from its fleet indefinitely after the findings of the coronial inquest into the death of firefighter Wendy Bearfoot revealed the truck “disturbingly” had still not been fully upgraded or replaced five years on. Coroner Sarah Linton found a combination of…

Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…

Stephen Treeby out the front of the Mandogalup Bush Fire Brigade headquarters. Photo: Weekend Courier

Mandogalup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade stalwart recognised for 46 years service in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

A DRIVING force of the Mandogalup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade was recognised for his 46 years’ service in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Wandi resident Stephen Treeby was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for serving his community, and leading, coaching and mentoring his firefighters with distinction throughout his long career. He has been involved…