SW bushfires fan funds for pilot

Disastrous bushfires in Northcliffe have put the South West’s controlled burn policy under the spotlight and triggered new funding to extend a local bushfire pilot program. Following criticism of the State Government’s fuel reduction measures this week, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the State Emergency Management Committee was directed to review “the co-ordination of…

Fire chief backs fuel load claim

WA’s top firefighter has taken a veiled swipe at the Department of Parks and Wildlife amid complaints that heavy fuel loads contributed to the severity of the blaze in Northcliffe last week. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said yesterday he “entirely agreed” with suggestions that reduced fuel loads would have made it easier…

DFES plan upsets volunteers

THE fire department created “angst and mistrust” among this state’s 26,000 volunteer firefighters with its controversial plans to overhaul emergency service laws. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) last year released a concept paper calling for changes, including more powers for the department. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) response shows…