Aussie spirit on show

ABOUT 100 firefighters and aerial support crews spent Australia Day fighting a fire that burned through bush in Nowergup and Pinjar. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) received a report of the fire about 2.20pm on January 26, which had burnt through more than 1500ha within 48 hours. Up to 120 volunteer and…

Arson fears for huge southern fire

Firefighters fear an arsonist started a bushfire which closed the Kwinana Freeway at peak hour yesterday and continues to threaten homes in Perth’s southern suburb. The fire started about 4pm yesterday in bushland east of Baldivis Road and south of Millar Road in Wellard. Residents in parts of Wellard and Baldivis were told to evacuate…

Firefighter Francis cops flak

Arh politics – damned if you do and damned if you don’t. For the record, the Association is very pleased to have a Minister who is an active member of a Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Although, from this article in today’s West, it’s clear not everyone shares our view. ============== Joe Francis’ role as a…

Firies’ leave hosed down

Volunteer WA firefighters forced to take holiday time or sacrifice pay to battle bushfires While many bosses allow bushfire volunteers to have paid time off, others aren’t as generous. BOSSES are forcing some volunteer firefighters to take ann­ual leave or sacrifice pay when they are called to a blaze. More than 26,000 volunteer firefighters in…

Power poles back in spotlight

Wheatbelt farmers claim faulty insulator sparked bushfire that destroyed five hectares WESTERN Power is embroiled in another pole top fire controversy amid claims a faulty insulator sparked a blaze in the state’s Wheatbelt region last weekend. The fire, which broke out just before 8am on Saturday, destroyed about five hectares at the historic Berskshire Valley…

Firefighters asked to ‘step up’

Firefighters from the Great Southern could be required to assist in suppressing devastating fires across the State more often after a strike team from Albany and Denmark was deployed to help fight the Bullsbrook bushfire this month. Nine volunteer firefighters from South Coast Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the Shire of…