Memories of flames haunt Hills

A poignant reminder that communities are more than just “sand and cement” – but we guess our diverse and invaluable Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers already know that! 🙂 ============== Parkerville and Stoneville remember fires that tore through hills – The West Australian Much like the trees that line their roads, the communities in Parkerville and…

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…

AVBFB on “binding the crown”

720ABC radio’s Geoff Hutchison interviewed Mundaring Bushfire Controller Rod Eyre and Association Vice President Dave Gossage this morning regarding the need to “Bind the Crown” in future legislation making it compulsory for all levels of government to share responsibility for mitigation of bushfire risk all over the State. Here’s the audio of that interview for those…

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 ‘burnover’ raises volunteer safety concerns

An article published in The Sunday Times (http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bindoon-volunteer-firefighter-dennis-badcock-recalls-close-call-after-truck-engulfed-in-burnover/story-fnhocxo3-1227180840668) this morning has prompted calls for a faster implementation of the recommendations made by an official report into the tragic death of a firefighter during the Black Cat Creek Fire in 2012. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Executive Officer Darren Brown said the relatively slow…