Fire chief backs fuel load claim

WA’s top firefighter has taken a veiled swipe at the Department of Parks and Wildlife amid complaints that heavy fuel loads contributed to the severity of the blaze in Northcliffe last week. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said yesterday he “entirely agreed” with suggestions that reduced fuel loads would have made it easier…

CFA CEO resigns

Here’s a media statement just published by the Victorian CFA:   Mick Bourke has stepped down as chief executive officer of the Country Fire Authority. CFA Chair Claire Higgins paid tribute to Mr Bourke and his achievements over the last six years. “Mick has led the organisation for the last six years through a period…

DFES plan upsets volunteers

THE fire department created “angst and mistrust” among this state’s 26,000 volunteer firefighters with its controversial plans to overhaul emergency service laws. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) last year released a concept paper calling for changes, including more powers for the department. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) response shows…

Firefighters call for support as WA faces further fire risk

  Content: In preparation for a second week of challenging fire conditions, 137 Victorian firefighters will begin arriving in Western Australia to provide interstate support for the State’s emergency response efforts.   WA career and volunteer firefighters have been working tirelessly over the last week, battling blazes across the State and saving countless lives and…

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MANJIMUP BUSHFIRES

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in response to the Manjimup bushfire. Mr Keenan said that the assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Mr Barnett today told a community meeting in Pemberton…