WAToday: State pressures Rockingham volunteer firefighters to fill Baldivis gap: firey

The state government is steam-rolling Rockingham volunteer firefighters into moving to Baldivis to cover for shortfalls, effectively threatening to disable their unit if they refuse, a volunteer has claimed. The City of Rockingham and DFES both assessed Baldivis as needing better fire services, especially for “structural” or house fires, which the council-run bushfire brigade is not trained or equipped for. But despite the need being identified, the state government had…

Examiner: Recognition for bushfire work

A lot has changed since Brian Watkins started volunteer firefighting in 1986 but his passion for the job still burns strong. Mr Watkins, manager of ranger and fire services for the City of Armadale, was recently recognised for his passion and dedication to volunteer firefighting with the national medal. He began volunteering with the Karratha…

BNHCRC: Natural Hazards Management Conference

The 8th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference will be held at the University of Western Australia, 13-14 October 2015. Go to conference website for all the details on abstract submission and conference registration. The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Secretariat of Western Australia will host the 8th Australasian Natural Hazards Management (ANHM) Conference, with support…