A lack of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges for local bushfire brigades

A LACK of training, equipment and volunteers are challenges faced by local bushfire brigades, according to a report released by the Auditor-General Colin Murphy last Thursday. The report outlined concerns about volunteer fatigue and the lack of training. Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal said there was a definite demand for more training on…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General The Association representing 77% of WA’s emergency service personnel has welcomed today’s report from the Auditor General into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) Support and Preparedness of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers. AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said that on first…