State’s heightened fire risk

WA FIREFIGHTERS are preparing for another busy season in the state’s south, with above-average fire potential forecast for 2015-16. The above average fire potential for much of the State’s southern half, highlighted in the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015-16, was attributed to low rainfall, lack of soil moisture and high fuel loads, and comes…

Victorian firefighters in fight for easier compensation for work-related illness

A FERNTREE Gully man is among thousands of firefighters across the state pushing for fairer compensation for illnesses resulting from their work. Bill Watson, the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria district 13 president, told the Leader the hundreds of volunteer firefighters in the district — which includes Knox, the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah — would be…

Canna-Gutha receives Defib and Oxy Soc via CBH funding

AVBFB Executive representative Lorraine Webster attended the presentation of a brand new Defibrillator and Oxy Soc to the wonderful guys and girls of the Canna-Gutha Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade yesterday. As well as officially receiving the devices from funding made available by the CBH Group to brigades within its catchment, Brigade members also undertook training…

Fire station officially opens

YEARS of campaigning and hard work by the Collie community has come to fruition as the Allanson Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Fire Station was officially opened last Friday. The old station site was constructed in the 1970s from an old BP Service Station office, before being condemned due to safety concerns. Plans to develop a…

Productivity Commission urges emergency services to ditch radio communications devices for $6.1 billion in savings

Fire fighters, police officers and other emergency services should use phone companies like Telstra for their future communications needs because a dedicated service would cost $6.1 billion over 20 years, according to a draft report from the Productivity Commission. State governments and organisations like the Police Federation of Australia have long said that a dedicated…