Firies’ leave hosed down

Volunteer WA firefighters forced to take holiday time or sacrifice pay to battle bushfires While many bosses allow bushfire volunteers to have paid time off, others aren’t as generous. BOSSES are forcing some volunteer firefighters to take ann­ual leave or sacrifice pay when they are called to a blaze. More than 26,000 volunteer firefighters in…

Power poles back in spotlight

Wheatbelt farmers claim faulty insulator sparked bushfire that destroyed five hectares WESTERN Power is embroiled in another pole top fire controversy amid claims a faulty insulator sparked a blaze in the state’s Wheatbelt region last weekend. The fire, which broke out just before 8am on Saturday, destroyed about five hectares at the historic Berskshire Valley…

Firefighters asked to ‘step up’

Firefighters from the Great Southern could be required to assist in suppressing devastating fires across the State more often after a strike team from Albany and Denmark was deployed to help fight the Bullsbrook bushfire this month. Nine volunteer firefighters from South Coast Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the Shire of…

Fire crews exhausted

VOLUNTEERS PUT IN 10,000 HOURS TO FIGHTING HUGE BLAZE Local firefighting volunteers contributed a total of around 10,000 hours to control, contain and put out the Bullsbrook Pinjar fire last week. Wanneroo chief bushfire control officer Phil Hay said crews from the volunteer fire brigades were “absolutely worn out” after providing a non-stop presence at…