Latest additions to WA’s firefighting aerial fleet

Firefighting over greater distances is now possible with WA’s aerial firefighting fleet now including a Learjet. An initial 90 day $750,000 trial, through State funding and Federal Government investment thought the National Aerial Firefighting Centre. The ability to travel the length of the state in a mere three hours, mapping large aerial view foot prints…

LATEST: Forrestdale Bushfire Remains Uncontained as Flames Expand

DFES has advised residents living in southern areas of Forrestdale to be vigilant as a  bushfire continues to threaten residents. DFES spokesman Allen Gale said the fire had been fanned by wind and has since doubled in size, remaining uncontained. He said the fire had “jumped over Armadale Road”, while a watch and act alert…

Forrestdale and Armadale Bushfire Threatens Lives and Homes

A bushfire is threatening lives and homes in southern parts of Forrestdale and Armadale. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) advised residents to act immediately to survive, after issuing an emergency bushfire warning to people in the area. The warning has been issued for people bounded by Anstey Road, Keane Road, Armadale Road,…

DFES revealed its high-tech helicopter

As we approach bushfire season in WA, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has announced a new Dauphine helicopter FIREBIRD 661, to provide a boost to WA’s aerial surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The new helicopter is faster and has a longer rage, with an additional 300 kilometres of deployment range, and will be operational…

Firebugs Continue to be Targeted Despite DFES Youth Fire Deterrent Success

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has claimed that deliberately lit fires during summer by Western Australians remain a serious issue, despite successfully deterring young people from deliberately lighting fires. DFES said that it’s Juvenile and Family Fire Alert (JAFFA) program had been effective in preventing juveniles from becoming repeat firebugs, but concerns…

Man charged over fire in Girrawheen

Joondalup detectives have charged a man who is suspected of a fire in Girrawheen on Tuesday 30th October 2018. The man is alleged to have set fire to the disposal items in a skip bin at the rear of the service station on Marangaroo Drive, after attempting to enter the building. The Department of Fire…

Prescribed Burns Commenced In WA’s South West

As WA approaches the bushfire season, prescribed burns are underway in Perth’s surrounding areas and across the south-west region to protect communities. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been taking advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct the burns. Large burns on forest areas and smaller burns near towns can reduce the risk…

Forum To Be Held In October To Refine Bushfire Mitigation

By Stephanie Acevedo There will be an expanded Bushfire mitigation forum held in early October, after the success of last year’s inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held by the McGowan government. This year’s forum will give stakeholders an open and collegiate environment to discuss how to deploy refined bushfire management in WA. Representatives from across the…

WA Government allocates $7.3 million to combat catastrophic bushfires

The Government will deliver a record $7.3 million in bushfire management funding assistance throughout Western Australia. A $5 million fund will be shared with 17 regional councils and agencies to physically address local bushfire threats. Meanwhile, $3.3 million will be assigned to regional councils in order to carry out 410 bushfire mitigation measures including planned…

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…