ABC: Commissioner says perfect advice during bushfires not possible, critical message system planned

WA’s fire commissioner says it is impossible to provide perfect advice to the public during a major bushfire. Appearing at a budget estimates hearing, commissioner Wayne Gregson was questioned about the Government’s critical message project to provide a single source of messaging during emergencies. Mr Gregson acknowledged that fire authorities had been criticised by some…

Volunteer firefighter numbers up, despite anger at increases to ESL bills

VOLUNTEER firefighter numbers have surged in the wake of major blazes including the Sampson Flat inferno, despite controversy over increases to Emergency Services Levy bills. The top brass of South Australia’s emergency services and Treasury officials today fronted a meeting of State Parliament’s Economic and Finance committee. CFS chief executive Greg Nettleton told the committee…

WA Volunteers recognised

The following news article was published by GWN/7 News on 18 May about the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.   More than 2900 fires have broken out in WA already this year. And many of them have been put out by volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteers are at…