This is a very sad day for the Volunteer Firefighters Association of NSW with the passing of our Founder and inaugural President of ten consecutive years.
Mr. Peter Joseph Cannon OAM passed away overnight at Peak Hill Hospital having been born there on June 15th 1950.
Capital Community Radio has produced a three-part radio play commemorating the bravery and stoicism of all those involved in the fires at Dwellingup in 1961. These podcasts were created from the actual experiences and memories of survivors. Each part runs for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Well worth a listen.
Of all the factors that contribute to the intensity of a fire (temperature, wind speed, humidity, topography, fuel moisture and fuel load), only fuel load can be readily modified by human effort, but bearing in mind that since the industrial revolution it is now clear that humans have also modified the world’s temperature, and action on emissions may eventually assist to bring this down.
Citation: Emergency Leaders for Climate Action
As bushfires peaked in the Australian summer of 2019-20, we heard a lot of the myth of climate change as the prime cause of the flames’ spread and severity. In this article, Christine Finlay addresses climate change and a second myth, mostly promoted by politicians and leaders of bushfire management organisations: that an appropriate response is to promise a thorough review of bushfire management (via royal commissions or otherwise) while pre-emptively pouring yet more taxpayer dollars into fire-fighting organisations and aerial firefighting, in particular. This is the latest instance of a repeated pattern, more likely to worsen rather than improve the situation.
I am writing to support the NSW Farmers proposal for grazing to be re-introduced into Crown Lands including National Parks.
I believe this need only be applied in marginal areas around National Parks which cannot be protected from fire by graded fire breaks. Many National Parks boundaries are on very steep and inaccessible areas thereby making fire and stock control very difficult.
The people who lived through the fires are confronted with their changed landscape every day – but they would also like the rest of Australia to remember those traumatic events.
People are still recovering and rebuilding, people who haven’t even started rebuilding yet.
People are still living in tents.
The VFFA received a bunch of thank you cards and letters from Scouts in the US.
The cards and letters were sent by Samantha Palmer and the VFFA has produced this short video to say thanks.
The cards, letters and video acknowledges the hard work by all firefighters in Australia and those from other countries that deployed to assist.
A big thank you to all of the Scouts for their cards and letters, you support is very much appreciated.
The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian will be announcing tomorrow morning (6th April 2020), the creation of a new NSW Government agency, Resilience NSW.
The Premier will also confirm, effective 1st May, that Shane Fitzsimmons will be taking up the role of Commissioner, Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management, in the newly created agency.
The NSW Government has commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.
The VFFA has 25 FLIR K1 Situational Awareness Cameras to give away, thanks to FLIR Systems for this generous donation.
If you would like to get one of these FLIR K1 Situational Awareness Cameras for your Brigade, send an email to…