Websites on Fire Alerts around Australia

Please  EXPAND THE POST BELOW for a List of official websites.   Click on the words “See more …  ”  in the Facebook Post.

REMEMBER, have your medication, ID, pets & valuables ready and your car with petrol in it, your mobile telephone charged and with credit, and take a radio with you, if you need to evacuate to a friend’s or family member’s house to get to Safety.

DON’T DELAY –   WATCH & ACT  doesn’t mean hang around watching, it means  LEAVE  for safety then “watch” for when you can safely return to your house.

Write down the phone number to receive updates from the Fire services or Department in your State, and take it with you.   IF you have nowhere to go to, go to a Police Station or to the Beach.   The Fire Department may set up a temporary Evacuation Centre for your area, which you can find out about on ABC Radio or getting in touch by phone with the Fire services in your State or with the Police, or getting this information from the Internet.

 

Fire-fighter Volunteer Shortage

Well, it sure has been an experience running a website & a Facebook group on the issue of “Stop fires in Australia”.

At first the usual lack of support & understanding, true to human nature, cropped up.  SFA promoted the page using their own resources, and received facetious remarks like “You can’t stop fires”, and “You can’t legislate against lightning” and “Reducing fuel is the answer not putting out the fires.”

Drum-roll  – – —   well ….   “Duh !!  “

At least it let us tweak or refine our Home page on the website.

It continues to amuse many of us how people are so superficial and living in a world where they have so much self-importance and want instant gratification, such that they glance at a Title like “Stop Fires Australia” and immediately take it literally thinking that’s stupid, you can’t stop fires.   Someone even said “we need to light fires to create fire-breaks to stop un-wanted fires.”

It will be a great day when people actually look at the  ENERGY  or the motivation / intention behind a website or anything …….   and give it sincere consideration.

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Fire Tent trial in Western Australia

As Western Australia moves on from its most disastrous bushfire season in recent memory, a new fire protection system developed in the state’s south is headed to the eastern states for further testing.

The brainchild of Denmark volunteer firefighter and inventor Chris Probert, the Shadrach Burn Over protection unit is a tent-like, heat-resistant structure designed to quickly fold down and protect people from fast-advancing fire fronts.

There are already fire protection mechanisms on fire trucks in Victoria and other States, but this Fire Tent or “Burnover Protection Unit” is truly innovative and unique.

Read more at the Link below.  Go to Chris’ You Tube channel also.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/innovation-on-the-cards-as-wa-looks-to-bushfire-season/7625032

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has also played a role in the Shadrach’s emergence, tipping in $15,000 to fund the project.

While conceding it was a key contribution, Mr Probert said the fact they were willing to contribute at all was the most significant factor.

Controlled burning and fuel load mitigation looms as the other key issue, with both the Ferguson Report and the Major Incident Review into November’s Esperance Bushfires recommending a more efficient approach.

Esperance’s State MP Graham Jacobs said improvement was clearly needed.

The Harvey – Yarloop Ferguson Inquiry

Mr Ferguson said the initial response to the attack was “reasonable”, however the incident management team “missed cues” to raise the alert to a level 3 incident management.

It was also found there was a failure to issue specific warnings to the community at Yarloop and Cookanup when the fire was critical.

“There is a strong argument that the state needs to readjust expenditure away from fire response and recovery, towards a greater investment in prevention and fuel hazard management,” Mr Euan Ferguson said.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/premier-colin-barnett-releases-ferguson-report-into-waroonayarloop-bushfires/news-story/4ea72b9d9b0d36463ca4adfeda625374

Download the Ferguson report   HERE

Independent Inquiry into Yarloop fire

The W.A. Emergency Services Minister, Joe Francis announced on 12 January 2016 that an  independent review will be conducted into the management of the massive South West fires that destroyed the town of Yarloop.

Read more  HERE

The West Australian Newspaper Editorial calls for a thorough investigation, including answers to many questions to inform West Australians living in such a fire prone region of the Earth.   We hope that journalistic discovery will prompt such revelations to the community, and that the media will further research this serious issue.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/30548268/wa-needs-bushfire-answers/?cmp=st

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/30553143/full-inquiry-must-answer-fire-questions/

UPDATE

The Report has now been released and can be downloaded   HERE

Lessons of Past Lost

Two of WA’s most respected authorities on bushfire management say the State is in no better shape to defend towns from disaster since the far-reaching Keelty reports earlier this decade.

John Iffla, who was awarded an Emergency Services Medal in the 2014 Australia Day honours for co-ordinating volunteer groups’ responses to the reports, said the key recommendation of installing bushfire protection zones around towns had been ignored.

The criticism was echoed by Bushfire Front chairman Roger Underwood, a retired general manager of the former Department of Conservation and Land Management, who said WA had “gone backwards” since Dwellingup was destroyed in 1961.

Read the full story   HERE

New South Wales has Australia’s first fire-fighting robot

A fire-fighting robot that can sweep away obstacles and clear smoke from burning buildings is the latest weapon being used to fight fires in New South Wales this summer.

NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliot and Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins have unveiled Australia’s first remote-controlled firefighting robot, the Turbine Aided Firefighting machine (TAF 20).

The TAF 20 has bulldozer blades capable of moving cars out of the way and a high-powered fan to blow away smoke.

It can also spray water mist or foam from 60 metres and blast water for 90 metres.

Read the full News Article at:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-10/australia’s-first-fire-fighting-robot-unveiled-for-summer/7017660

Fire Lookout Trees – Volunteer Fire Fighters of N.S.W.

Mick Holton from the Volunteeer Fire Fighters of New South Wales has the following to say:

We should be proud of our Aussie bush heritage and as a firefighter, I’m impressed at the way we have dealt with bush fires in the past.

I am also concerned about our massive fuel loads but in terms of detection and suppression, I pose the following question:

With modern technology on hand, why can’t we locate fires earlier and get onto them sooner?

It is a “no brainer” that a fire is best dealt with if we catch it in its early stages. The idea of early detection and early suppression has vastly reduced the frequency and severity of structural fires in Australia but can this principle be applied to the bush?

Fire Lookout trees have been used since the early 1900s and back then, the need for early detection was recognised and taken seriously, as the following article says.

http://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/fire-lookout-trees-early-detection-from-the-early-1900s

The FireWatch Technology is state of the art technology for picking up the start of bush-fires and relaying that information before an escalation of the fire. Please click on the following link, and support the Australian National Early Fire Detection Network. Thank you!

https://stopfiresaustralia.wordpress.com/about/

Aerial Fire fighting, W.A.

Western Australia. Helping to put fires out by Air.  Aerial firefighting is just one part of the bigger picture of responding to bushfires – it supports ground crews and helps carry out the incident controller’s plan for combating the fire.  For more information, please click on the Links below.

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/pages/newsarticle.aspx?ItemId=84

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/aboutus/operationalinformation/helicoptersandaircraft/Pages/helitacs.aspx

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/12/Firefighting-aerial-fleet-arrives.aspx

 

Causes of Bush-fires

A bushfire is a wildfire that burns out of control spreading across vegetated regions of bushland. In order for a bushfire to be catastrophic, the right conditions must be present. Most bushfires happen in times when temperatures are high. In addition, conditions must be dry. Areas with dense undergrowth, as can be found in south-eastern Australia, are the most vulnerable to bushfire. Bushfires often start when dry winds blow inland from central Australia. While the winds bring dry weather, they also provide ventilation for the flames.

Bushfire incidents in Australia can be caused in many different ways. The causes of ignition can be split into two groups, ‘natural’ and ‘human influence’. Lightning strikes are the main way bushfires are started naturally. There are, on average, more bushfires initiated due to lightning strikes than any other individual cause, accounting for approximately 26 percent of all bushfires.

The vast majority of bushfires, however, are generated by the actions or influences of humans. On occasions, a campfire can develop into a bushfire, if the campfire is left unattended or not properly extinguished. Some farmers burn vegetation on their properties to rid the land of crop debris, control weeds and remove rubbish. These fires are referred to as agricultural burns and can lead to bushfires when they are not administered carefully. Agricultural burns are responsible for about 15 percent of all bushfires. Machinery or equipment that generates heat or sparks can potentially act as a catalyst for bushfires. Some machines notorious for triggering bushfires include chainsaws, grinders and slashers. The exhaust from vehicles may also cause fires. Cigarettes which have been discarded irresponsibly have the capacity to ignite bushland, although only seven percent of all fires begin in this manner.

See more at the Link below

http://www.skwirk.com/…/bushfires-and-bushfires-in-australia

PLEASE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER AWARENESS / EDUCATION OF THE CAUSES OF FIRE

Good information on WA Police action

The information below was available on the W.A. Police’s FB page.

December 10, 2014 ·

This morning Strike Force Vulcan was launched by Detective Senior Sergeant Craig White from the Arson Squad, The Hon Liza Harvey MLA Minister for Police and Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Arson Squad detectives are urging residents to be vigilant this bush fire season (1 December to 31 March) and report any suspicious people or vehicles in bushland areas. There is an average of 1,600 bushfire offences across Western Australia each fire season.

Strike Force Vulcan, which was first introduced for the 2010/11 bushfire season, has already been successful in identifying and monitoring arsonists, providing high visibility patrols and a rapid investigative response to deliberately lit fires across the metropolitan area. Covert cameras and surveillance are two tools utilised to assist in catching arsonists.

You will never know if we are watching until it’s too late. If you light a fire in bushland, you risk going to jail for life.

The strategy of Strike Force Vulcan is to investigate arson bushfires in Western Australia through;

– Identifying through intelligence bushfire arson ‘hot-spots’ in the Perth metropolitan area and surrounds;
– Proactively managing Prolific Priority Arson Offenders;
– Using covert and overt surveillance of ‘hotspots’;
– Provide a timely and quality investigation of Bushfire Arson offences;
– Raising public awareness about bushfire arson through media campaigns and engaging members of the public.

This dedicated team, led by senior detectives from the WA Police Arson Squad, work in collaboration with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the Department Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to investigate bushfire arson. The investigation team rely on information supplied by members of the public, DFES and DPaW.

Last bushfire season with significant community help, Police were successful in catching and processing 29 people with 33 bushfire arson offences. Most of the offenders were male youths aged between 10 to 17 years of age and police are asking parents to engage with their children to reinforce that fire is extremely dangerous and often cannot be contained or controlled. People can be seriously injured or killed by fire and whole communities burnt to the ground.

Members of the community play a vital part in combating arson by being the eyes and ears for police in their local communities.

If you:
SEE SOMETHING
KNOW SOMETHING
SAY SOMETHING

Every time an arsonist lights a fire they are putting the local community in danger. It doesn’t take much for a small fire to spread and put lives and property at risk. This includes putting the lives of emergency responders in danger, including many career and volunteer firefighters.

Police urge anyone with information to come forward and protect your community from the devastation that deliberately lit bushfires can cause.

Preparing your home and property for the bushfire season is also important. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a range of helpful information on their Website (www.dfes.wa.gov.au), including a comprehensive “Prepare. Act. Survive.” guide and a “Homeowner’s Bushfire Survival Manual”.

In a life threatening emergency, including where smoke can be seen in bushland areas, call 000.

– To report suspicious activity call 131 444.

– Anyone with information regarding bushfires and arsonists are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE FREE.

There are significant rewards on offer for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.

https://www.facebook.com/WA.Police/posts/907508219282631