Farewell Superintendent Merv Austic

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has expressed sincere thanks to former Superintendent Merv Austic who recently resigned from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Mr Austic, who has served the Western Australian community via various roles within the fire and emergency services field for 20 years, will be sorely missed. The…

Volunteer Groups oppose takeover

Emergency services organisations have rejected a takeover bid by the WA Government. In submissions to the Review of Emergency Services Acts, they claim the Department of Fire and Emergency Services doesn’t understand volunteer organisations and say “insensitive” language and a lack of training support has eroded trust. The submissions, by the Association of Volunteer Bush…

Fresh action on bushfire control

Smaller strategic controlled burns around towns and suburbs will increasingly take precedence over broad-acre burn-offs under a shake-up of WA’s bushfire prevention policy. The shift by the Department of Parks and Wildlife – it had previously aimed to burn 200,000ha in the South West each year – comes amid the agency’s repeated failures to reach…

New trauma program for firefighting recruits aims to boost coping skills

A new program designed to help firefighting recruits cope with stress and anxiety after experiencing traumatic events in Western Australia could soon also be extended to their families. The resilience-building program is designed to lower post-traumatic stress symptoms in Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recruits who have confronted bushfires and road accidents. Curtin…

Nominate a hero today!

We know members of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade community don’t like the word “hero” to describe what they do. But most of us know someone in our local Brigade who absolutely deserves that title. Until Tuesday, the Sunday Times and PerthNow.com.au are accepting nominations for their Pride of Australia Medal. If you know a…