Elderly Man Killed in Thornlie House Fire

A man and a child have died and a child in hospital following a house fire in Thornlie Last night. WA Police advised the Department of Fire and Emergency Services of the fire in Rushbrook Way at about 6:15pm and attended the scene. The fire was extinguished. A 69-year-old man and a four-year-old boy was…

WA Fire Risks Spike As Households Failing To Maintain Smoke Alarms

The State Government is encouraging households to prevent fire risks, with figures showing West Australians failed to maintenance smoke alarms at their properties. The Government says only 50% of properties where accident fires occurred has a working smoke alarm, with 75% West Australians unaware the need of testing and cleaning smoke alarms to ensure they…

Rural Emergency Services To Undergo Significant Reform

An $80 million commitment towards the rural fire division, as announced by Premier Mark McGowan, and Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, will see enhanced bushfire preparedness and more support for fire fighters and volunteers across our state. Western Australia is renowned for bush fires, with the commitment also going towards bush fire mititgation, and long…

Man Chraged Over Two Alleged Arson Incidents

A man has been charged by Police after an extensive investigation by Strike Force Vulcan, alleging he lit up bushlands on two occasion in 2017 and 2018. The first incident happened on the 25th, December, 2017, where Police are alleging the man set alight a scrub on a vacant land on Gertrude Avenue in Camillo.…

Opposition Seeks Investigation Into Union Influence In Government

The Public Sector Commissioner is being urged by the Opposition to investigate the rights of the Union in having massive influence over the appointment of senior positions within the fire department. Tension has emerged after the recent resignation of the first female superintendent, Amanda Williamson, and has triggered the need for more women as firefighters…

Blaze Rips Through Bentley Shopping Centre

A fire at Bentley Plaza has caused damage worth about $2 million is being investigated by the arson squad. Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to the shopping centre at around 1:30am, following reports of a structural fire at the shopping centre. The fire has caused $1.7 million dollars worth…

WA Government clash with Opposition over rural firefighters

The WA Government has defended its progress in meeting the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry, made after the devastating Yarloop-Waroona fires.  The opposition criticised the lack of a rural fire service, one of the recommendations of the inquiry, saying it could have more effectively responded to the fires in the Kimberley over the long weekend.…

Outgoing Commissioner Praised for Transforming DFES

A celebratory march was held on Friday to farewell outgoing Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) commissioner Wayne Gregson and welcome Darren Klemm to the role. Mr Gregson has been highly regarded for his work since joining the Fire and Emergency Services authority (FESA) as CEO in 2011 and transitioning it into DFES, although…

Bulldozer Destroyed in Fire at Golden Bay Construction Site

A fire has destroyed a bulldozer at a Golden Bay construction site overnight, causing $400,000 of damage. Security services at the site observed the cabin of one of the bulldozers to be on fire at about 9:45pm and called in firefighters. DFES attended and extinguished the fire which has caused considerable damage to the machine…