Infra-red drone in fire fight

An unmanned aerial vehicle was deployed to map the Bullsbrook fire zone using infra-red technology in an Australian-first operation on Saturday night. Aerial firefighting capability is usually non-existent after dark, when fixed-wing aircraft and helitacs cannot be used. But the Department of Fire and Emergency Services got special permission from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority…

Crown land fire risk warning

Volunteer fire brigades are calling for new laws to make governments comply with the same rules on reducing fire risk as other landowners, saying double standards had led to dangerous fuel levels on Crown land. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades vice- president Dave Gossage said members were extremely concerned about the fire danger…

Bindoon volunteer firefighter Dennis Badcock recalls close call after truck engulfed in burnover

This article in today’s Sunday Times newspaper says so much about the diverse, invaluable volunteers who make up our amazing emergency services family. Thank you Dennis for your work and perhaps more importantly, sharing your experience so the people of Western Australia can finally get some understanding of the risks our 26,000 volunteer bush fire…

Firefighting has hardly changed in a century. But bushfires certainly have

Here’s an interesting article penned by Jim Casey, State Secretary of the NSW Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and recently published in The Guardian’s Australian edition earlier this week. The AVBFB isn’t going to make comment on the union’s recent attacks of the Federal Government on the basis of Climate Change, but we certainly agree with the overwhelming evidence that…

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…