Mayor fumes at bushfire arsonists

As Perth’s exhausted firefighters were finally getting on top of the Bullsbrook fire last month, two new blazes started in Ellenbrook. Crews and aerial support were scrambled north and residents were evacuated as the fires moved closer to homes on Monday, January 12. One resident told The West Australian she saw youths running from bush…

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south

Community rallies around volunteer injured fighting blaze in Western Australia’s south – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) An exploding grain silo almost killed volunteer WA firefighter Steven Hall one month ago, but as he recovers in a Perth hospital his neighbours are ensuring work on his large farming property continues. The 56-year-old from Wellstead, east…

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…

DFES agrees to add “Volunteer” to Bush Fire Service branding

After consulting with brigade members and their elected zone representatives regarding proposed design changes to 5 year Service Medals, it became very clear that the new design should add the word “Volunteer” to the Bush Fire Service logo. These consultations, combined with this article in The West Australian newspaper at around the same time, started…

Response from DFES to reports about closing fire stations during Winter

Content:​Reports have appeared in today’s media that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is considering closing fire stations at night during winter.Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson this afternoon said: “I’ve had assurances from the Minister that budget cuts will not affect frontline service delivery. In this light, there are no moves…