Category Archives: Rural Fire Service
by Robert J Lee
A levy imposed on the fossil fuel industry to pay for fighting bushfires allegedly caused by climate change is absurd, unscientific and will not stop wildfires.
It comes as part of 165 recommendations by the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action (ELCA), a group of more than 150 experts and affected community members, in a bid to improve bushfire readiness, response and recovery.
How 150 so-called experts could get it so wrong is typical when academia in concert with government closes ranks to assure a pre-determined outcome. Climate change has been discredited by thousands of scientists around the world.
The real cause of the Queensland, NSW and Victorian wildfires was four decades of disastrous Labor Party environmental policies. Grazing properties, forestry reserves, national parks and state land were locked up then the socialist governments threw away the keys.
After the Aboriginal firestick disappeared 100 years ago the problem grew worse across the nation but in particular NSW and Victoria where successive state governments acquired hundreds of grazing and farming properties and turned them into national parks or environmental reserves.
Wet years would see vegetation grow uncontrollably in these parks and reserves creating a huge amount of fuel for fires. Firefighters in Victoria were reported as saying they saw forest detritus one to two metres thick over large areas they were trying to protect.
Naturally with such fuel loads nothing could save these forests. A complete lack of hazard reduction burning over many years by authorities left vast areas potential fire bombs of nuclear proportion.
The other major fire prevention deficiency was a lack of cleared firebreaks. Hours of television footage covering the wildfires revealed almost no firebreaks and no machinery to make any.
In Queensland, NSW and Victoria, all suffering from decades of Labor rule, it was most evident that rural firefighters had only public roads or power line tracks for access to reserves and private property to conduct back burning.
It was a hopeless, dangerous situation that volunteer firefighters faced and there were no bulldozers or graders to construct breaks even when the RFS had weeks of opportunity to build breaks before fires arrived. Labor policies prevent disturbing any trees or vegetation growing in reserves and on private property from being damaged or removed by constructing a firebreak.
Fire experts and seasoned firefighters know that in temperate climates during the dry season hot bush fires stoked by half a metre of detritus in eucalypt forests create their own fire environment developing strong winds and wild atmospheric conditions to create crown fires.
These fires are impossible to stop, but they are relatively easy to prevent. Climate change is pure nonsense and Labor and Liberal governments must shoulder most of the blame.
Then there are the city people who want a life in the bush but have no idea of rural conditions especially fire prevention. They set up bush camps in the hills to live their dream.. No water, no power, no machinery, no fire breaks and no sense.
Many of the burnt-out homes, ranging from subsistence dwellers to large well-constructed houses had eucalyptus trees growing out of the lounge room, so to speak. How did they think they could prevent their homes from burning down?
The television footage of burnt out homes from all states in the aftermath of the conflagrations said it all, the most evident mistake being a complete lack of fire breaks due to government regulations, an inadequate water supply and lack of fire-fighting equipment.
In NSW alone 2439 homes were lost and at least 33 people died in the summer fire season of 2019-20. More than 400 homes were burnt down in Victoria and 5 people lost their lives leaving nationally, 46.3 million acres ravaged and many of the forests permanently damaged never to recover.
Hard as it is to believe, this man, Greg Mullins, a former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner and a member of the ECLA is supposedly a seasoned fire fighter. He is blaming climate change. He is simply deflecting blame from the socialist policies of the political party duopoly.
“The escalation in natural disasters is driven by climate change,” he said.
“There should be a levy on the fossil fuel industry, given all their tax breaks.
“We had the hottest, driest year ever — a year that would not have happened without the impact of climate change.
“It drove the worst bushfires in Australia’s history — they were bigger, hotter, faster and more destructive [than] what we’ve ever experienced before.”
“The fires were weather driven and the weather was driven by a warming climate,” Mr Mullins said.
Australia was on average hotter in the 18th century than the 19th or 20th and the extent of the fires was not unique. The climate varies widely according to changing cycles of the Sun. Earth has been wobbling on its axis in recent years causing abnormal, prolonged exposure to the Sun in southern areas of the continent.
Blaming excess carbon dioxide emissions for fires is pure fantasy. Carbon dioxide is essential for life and responsible scientists say we need more not less.
Australia’s hot, arid climate and wind-driven bushfires were a new and frightening phenomenon to the European settlers of the colonial era. The devastating Victorian bushfires of 1851, remembered as the Black Thursday bushfires, burned in a chain from Portland to Gippsland, and sent smoke billowing across the Bass Strait to north west Tasmania.
State Library of Victoria:
Widespread bushfires occurred in Victoria in early February 1851. The height of the destruction happened on Black Thursday, 6 February 1851.
‘Fires covered a quarter of what is now Victoria (approximately 5 million hectares). Areas affected include Portland, Plenty Ranges, Westernport, the Wimmera and Dandenong districts. Approximately 12 lives, one million sheep and thousands of cattle were lost’.
Mr Mullins should do some research into fire fighting methodology and revert to the tried and proven policies of Forestry departments before the advent of dangerous United Nations environmental policies enacted after Australia signed up to Agenda 21.
This UN policy on Environment and Development was endorsed by world governments at a Rio de Janerio conference in 1992 and is in reality a blueprint for de-population.
All Australian governments jumped onboard and its environmental policies ever since have all but destroyed agriculture and increased the cost of housing by 30 per cent. Environment departments followed this UN dictate closely and now we have borne the brunt of it.
Perhaps the former fire chief should set his sights on reversing the harmful effects of this treaty instead of following some esoteric climate change vision. Demanding another impost on hard hit tax payers is sheer folly.
Letter to the Editor
Never in my lifetime have I ever seen a bushfire become so political, with so much interference from city based experts!
Australia is known for its bushfires, cyclones, droughts and flooding rains so what has changed this time?
I believe we now have a new breed of people in this country that NEED TO BLAME somebody for every natural event that occurs and they have infiltrated our communities with their ideology!
The majority in this country are the “Quiet Australians” who have seen it all happen before and know we will see it all happen again.
Our voice wasn’t being heard! We knew that the fuel load was too high, we knew that policy had changed allowing fuel reduction burns and we knew that protesting by minority groups was influencing decision making!
Just back on June 20, 2019 I raised these issues in a Regional Forests Agreement meeting in Corryong with representatives from DELWP, Federal, State and local governments regarding the fuel load in National Parks, the blackberries and noxious weeds in State forests and Parks, the lack of maintenance of fire tracks, the lack of water storages in these areas and outlined that we had a ticking time bomb right under our noses!
Climate Change didn’t light the fires in NSW and Victoria, lightning and arsonists did!! The fuel load was there and it was tinder dry from the drought.
But now the SWAMP is rising and along with social media and mainstream media they are driving a tsunami of hate, of blame, of rebellion like we’ve never seen before!
Everything that goes wrong has to be someone else’s fault!!
They CRY Climate Change but then board an aeroplane to go overseas!
The scientists are some of the worst hypocrites in this area! Fly to this climate conference and then to the next!
Children are being indoctrinated in schools before they can even read and write, about politics, climate change, gender equality, sex and religion at such a young age and well before they can make their own judgments on any of these matters.
This indoctrination then spreads like a virus and infects those who we thought were immune, until it becomes a plague of rebellion and uprising against those who are the quiet Australians.
I might be old fashioned, but the Australia I knew as a kid was far better!
We didn’t care where the power came from, as long as the toaster or the lights worked!
We didn’t care if it was a drought as we knew every day was one closer to it raining!
I battled the 1st of February 1969 bushfires in 45c heat as a 15 year old, I bent all the linkage arms on the tractor ploughing fire breaks, experienced the extreme heat of the fire, the lack of oxygen in my lungs, being too scared to sleep inside the house at 2am!
I saw the devastating loss of property, and the burying of dead stock.
We didn’t have P2 masks or were told every 5 minutes of the what the air quality was!! We wet a handkerchief and put it across our nose and mouth and tied a knot in the back and got on with it!!
Then the chaos came again a few weeks later when torrential rains came and caused massive erosion and polluted our water, and 3 months later on the 5th of May we had cows dying of bloat as the grass was so prolific!
THIS WILL ALL HAPPEN AGAIN!!
This is the country we live in and know as Australia, NO politician can change it, NO Climate Change policy will either!
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
More than 17,000 volunteer rural fire fighters have refused to apply for a working with children blue card defying a request from Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford.
The volunteers say they are not health workers, don’t work with children and are not interested in Labor ‘s nanny state foibles.
Furthermore it can be revealed that the majority of rural volunteers have no agreement or binding work contract with Fire and Emergency Services.
A volunteer told Cairnsnews the Minister was served with a notice to provide a copy of any work agreement between the department and a volunteer but was unable to do so.
He said the QFES, holding an ABN 93 035 163 778 , as a corporation has no lawful authority over unpaid volunteers.
This is why the federal and state governments are enticing volunteers to claim payments after which the government could exercise some form of control.
Fortunately the majority of volunteers are a wake up to the dodgy Queensland Government. They joined as volunteers and have no expectation of remuneration.
Minister Crawford and Assistant Commissioner Terry Bolger now find themselves in a terrible bind with Bolger this week telling the ABC volunteers must apply for a blue card and in doing so sign an application to join the QFES.
The dangerous fire-fighting policies being forced upon volunteers by the QFES contradicts years of rural fire methodology.
One fireground policy the QFES has tried to enforce is for volunteers to contact an authorised QFES officer before back burning. Such a direction is totally impractical and dangerous by taking authority from a firefighter in the face of an out of control fire.
The 17,000 volunteers are much smarter than these QFES desk jockeys and thankfully the Victorian refugee Craig Crawford will lose his seat at the state election due by October.
The hijacking of the Rural Fire Service has no merit at law and volunteers are right to tell the QFES corporation to “bugger off”.
Although a regular party goer the pressure from recalcitrant volunteers obviously got to Mr Crawford when he signed himself in for alcohol rehabilitation in November in the middle of a dangerous fire season.
Cairnsnews has received information from several whistleblowers about the conduct of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services from an operational and administrative perspective. The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services has been blamed for dangerous administrative and operational failures. If you are a rural or urban firefighter then tell Cairnsnews your story, anonymously, without identification. Use this encryption link from the Australian Patriot Radio page: https://www.australianpatriotradio.com/contact-us/encrypted-email/
by Robert J Lee
While Queensland burns, the Labor Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Comrade Craig Crawford is nowhere to be seen. What has happened to the Minister?
The Premier, Comrade Annastacia Palaszczuk has been standing in for the Minister at media conferences issuing dire warnings for landowners to desert their properties, leaving homes to burn in the face of wildfires fuelled by Labor’s decades-long policies of no graders, dozers, firebreaks or fuel reduction burning in national parks and state-owned land.
Minister Craig Crawford’s office has refused to answer a query from Cairns News if he could confirm or deny he is undergoing alcohol rehabilitation somewhere in a facility unknown.
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Following the United Nations agreement Agenda 21, which was eagerly signed in 1992 by then Labor Attorney General Rod Welford, the ALP has, like good Fabians, stealthily enacted these draconian UN environmental policies ever since.
Now the pigeons have come home to roost. Fires have destroyed 17 homes and 67 have been damaged. And this tally is only for 2019. Remember the devastating wildfires north of Bundaberg last year?
These homeowners, albeit they chose to live in fire prone areas among the eucalyptus trees, should have a legitimate claim against the state government.
There has been almost no hazard reduction burning in state-owned land for decades-machinery is banned-no firebreaks and bugger the poor neighbours.
The build-up of detritus on the forest floor is up to half a metre in national parks. This happened after cattle grazing was removed and properties locked up. Not so in most forestry controlled old growth and plantation areas. The Forestry department, with what is left of the old brigade, religiously burn their areas of responsibility and stock grazing is allowed in some areas.
Chop down a tree on freehold land and the dreaded tree police will pounce and drag you off to a Queensland court, mostly filled with a Labor judiciary.
How will the stormtrooper tree police know you cut down a tree to save a house? They have been watching your every move by satellite and drones. The DNR know immediately if you have acted in self-defence against wildfire.
The numerous good officers of the overpopulated Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, at media conferences have never mentioned the lack of machinery or firebreaks and excessive forest floor fuel loads might be the predisposing cause of private property losses.
Resplendent in their UN designed black uniforms, with collar badges resembling a Gestapo SS symbol, these urbanites prattle on about ‘climate change’ or global warming starting fires and every other bit of nonsense imaginable.
It is far past the time to drain the Queensland swamp of the burgeoning bureaucracy costing an extra one billion dollars a year to tell voters bullshit.
Letter to the Editor
I am writing to you seeking your support for the volunteers of the Queensland Rural Fire Brigades.
The State Government has slashed 13 million dollars from the Rural Fire budget for this financial year.
I have lodged an e-petition to the Parliament requesting the Government increase support for our Rural Fire volunteers by providing more equipment and resources to our Rural brigades, to counter the predicted increase in bushfires.
If you could log onto the Parliamentary e-petition web site
and add your name to the petition, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, Please forward this message to all your friends and relatives, the safety of our volunteers and rural communities depend on the Government getting our message
Terry Gordon. Secretary Gordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade.
The Qld ALP state government in spite of the nonsense spruiked by the Premier on every recent TV bulletin about ‘unprecedented’ bushfires and how good is the RFS, does not like the RFS as witnessed by the urban brigades’ takeover. It has stalled because Annastacia is set to sack more than 11,000 RFS volunteers for refusing to apply for a working with children blue card. She does not have the lawful authority, according to the best legal advice, to enforce anything upon volunteers. There are no contractual agreements between the ‘State Government’ and individual volunteers.
-Jim O’Toole, Editor
From Gary McCormack, Acting Assistant Commissioner
Queensland Rural Fire Service
Over the past 12 days Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has attended 1,243 fires across the state. Many thousands of QFES staff, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and Fire and Rescue staff have been working day and night to protect and support the communities of Queensland. We have had support from every state and territory throughout Australia, with 1,161 people from interstate assisting with this incident to date.
The activity we have seen in the last two weeks has been extraordinary, with more than four million hectares of land burnt during this bushfire season. We have had 55 aircraft working to support ground crews, dropping more than 12 million litres of water and fire suppressant. More than 430 bushfire community warnings have been issued since the 22nd of November, and more than 50 Emergency Alert campaigns have been issued. These messages have reached more than one million devices, alerting people of the dangerous conditions and directing them to further information regarding the situation.
This activity has followed on from significant campaign fire events in North Coast, South Eastern, Northern and Far Northern regions.
I cannot express enough, my thanks to our RFS volunteers and staff across the state, for the significant effort of the last two weeks and the months leading up to it. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to families and employers who support you to undertake your roles. All of you will have contributed to the protection and safety of your communities, whether it be through responding to emergency situations, supporting crews on the ground or delivering community messaging. Without the extraordinary efforts of all services of QFES, the outcome for many communities, families and individuals could have been much worse.
While the worst of the situation is now behind us, we still have many weeks of recovery ahead. It is extremely important we take the time to review the recent incidents, debrief and ensure we implement any lessons learnt to assist us in improving our response and recovery into the future.
2018 has also been a significant year off the fire ground. It has been another year of progress and change within QFES, as we continue to develop as a standalone department.
Finally, with the festive season upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of the importance of safety during this busy time of year. I ask that you ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you comes first. I wish all of you and your families, a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and I look forward to working with you in 2019.
Editor: Cairns News hopes the dopey State Labor Government will instruct the Environment Department to conduct fuel reduction burns across its massive national parks’ holdings each year when dry enough to carry a fire. The incredible amount of damage inflicted by these excessively hot fires will render the already burnt half a million hectares of so-called national parks as a useless, denuded landscape which will never return to its original state. The RFS could refuse to attend future national park fires, including Stradbroke Island because they are an extreme danger to volunteer fire fighters. due to decades of mismanagement by Brisbane eco-freaks employed by government.