Survival Story

Below is a short story that appeared on the Channel Nine News on Thursday 23 April regarding the terrible accident that befell Mt Helena Volunteer Bush Fire Fighter Steve Hart. Assisted by his mate and fellow firefighter Mick Fitpatrick, Steve tells Nine report Ben Hennessy that he owes his life to the correct use of…

Bid to tackle ‘sleeper’ embers

WA firefighters are using advanced weather reading technology to identify smouldering embers from lightning strikes that can flare into dangerous bushfires days later. As weary firefighting crews battled dangerous blaze burning near homes in Waroona and Manjimup yesterday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services revealed it was using new tactics to find so-called “sleepers”.…

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…