Fear over bushfire copycats

The State Government is concerned about a recent surge in deliberately lit fires around Perth, warning that copycat firebugs often try to mimic destructive blazes interstate that they see on television. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis branded arson “the most un-Australian sheer act of bastardry” and urged people to report any suspicious behaviour, as firefighters…

Cloudy future for vollie firies

Perth Hills volunteer bush fire brigade members whose future remains unclear. VOLUNTEER firefighters are following up community concerns about the future of their bushfire brigades in the wake of local government reforms announced last year. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVFB) is urging brigade leaders in municipalities where government boundaries are due to…

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Deep tensions within the ACT’s emergency services leadership saw the territory’s fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency. ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain lodged a bullying complaint against his own boss, Emergency Services Commissioner Dominic Lane, in the middle of this year. The…

Qld Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds; fire chief retires

Queensland’s fire chief has taken early retirement after a report found the state’s Fire and Emergency Service to be a hostile workplace for women and ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying. Premier Campbell Newman ordered a review into the service after it was revealed in September that male firefighters used social…