Category: Enquiries and Recommendations

Round them up and move them out – Lock it up and burnt it out

This article is republished as a tribute to Laurie Norton who passed away on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Laurie created the article for the April 2009 edition of the VFFA Magazine.

Laurie was a foundation member of the VFFA and our first treasurer. When Laurie spoke everybody listened. He was a man of great knowledge and conviction. He will be sadly missed.

“If only these people could work with nature – not against it… It is no longer an open pristine alpine area, but a mutilated jungle”

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VFFA response to the Wambelong Fire Inquiry

The President of the Volunteer Firefighters Association (VFFA), Mr. Peter Cannon OAM , has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the NSW Upper House Inquiry into the Wambelong Fire, released today, as a positive step towards a system that will deliver far better outcomes for bushfire management and suppression for NSW and the Coonabarabran community.

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Upper House committee publishes report on the Wambelong fire

The committee has set out a number of strategies to build greater respect for volunteers into the practices, procedures and culture of the RFS.

Recommendation 19 states that the NSW Rural Fire Service formally recognise the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association as a legitimate advocacy organisation representing volunteer bush fire fighters, and duly consult with it on policy and operational matters.

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