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…

Nollamara Boy Charged Over Warwick Scrub Fire

A 14-year-old Nollamara boy has been charged after lighting a scrub fire in Warwick. Arson Squad and Strike Force Vulcan detectives will allege that the boy set fire to some scrub in the vicinity of Warwick open space on Tuesday at about 3:30pm. It quickly spread, burning approximately two hectares of bushland. The Department of…

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…

Police seeks public assistance on Innaloo fires

Police are seeking information regarding a fire lit behind stores on Scarborough Beach Road in Innaloo in August. CCTV footage shows a man set alight to different items outside and behind a group of shops at around 7:45pm on 26 August. The Department Of Fire and Emergency Services were called and extinguished the blaze, which…

Suspicious Barber Shop fire in Claremont

Police and Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to a Barber Shop located on Eric Street, Claremont, with Arson Squad Investigators now seeking information. The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious, causing an estimated $20,0000 in damage. Anyone who saw any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles or who has any dash…