The Bunbury-based RAC rescue helicopter lands on Walpole Oval ahead of a day of training on Sunday. Photo: The West

Rescue chopper needs future funding

Three visits in the past week have underscored the importance of the South West RAC Rescue Helicopter, with fears the service is under a funding cloud. Comments from Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan haven’t helped soothe community concerns after he told radio listeners Opposition MPs shouldn’t bleat about a situation their financial management created. Mr…

ERA’s Emergency Services Levy Report: Volunteers look to the future

The peak body for Western Australia’s largest emergency service has welcomed today’s publication of the ERA’s Review of the Emergency Services Levy: Final Report, supporting many of its recommendations. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said the oversight and transparency of the ESL have been major points of contention within and between the various emergency services for…

The West: Parliament hears of modern fire truck technology that could leave fireys stranded

The article below was published in The West Australian newspaper today. The original (and paper-based) article was titled “Limp fire truck fears for fireys”. Note: Please also read the AVBFB statement regarding the issue here. Bushfire volunteers fear modern emissions reduction technology that cuts fire trucks’ speed under certain conditions could leave them stranded on…