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Tenable conditions within a sealed private bushfire shelter

WA BAL Report supports research conducted into bushfires including implementing measures that result in saving lives and property. As a result of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, it was discovered that 7 people died after seeking shelter in improvised bushfire bunkers, as their design and construction were not regulated. The Australian Building Codes Board Read more about Tenable conditions within a sealed private bushfire shelter[…]

Ensure you are insured in bushfire-prone areas

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. WA BAL Report urges those living in bushfire-prone areas to ensure their homes are adequately insured. Research has shown that many Australians have no or inadequate home insurance coverage to protect their assets Read more about Ensure you are insured in bushfire-prone areas[…]

International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service

WA BAL Report provides its utmost support to firefighters and the tough work they do. International Firefighters’ Day is a day to consider and acknowledge the work done by firefighters around the world everyday, and to commemorate the legacy of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In recognition of the sacrifice and dedication Read more about International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service[…]

About the NASH standard ‘Steel Framed Construction in Bushfire areas’

WA BAL Report refers to and complies with the performance requirements for construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. A Class 1 building or Class 10a building or deck associated with a Class 1 building that is constructed in a bushfire-prone area must, to the degree necessary, be designed and constructed to reduce the risk of ignition Read more about About the NASH standard ‘Steel Framed Construction in Bushfire areas’[…]

About the application process for buildings other than single houses in a bushfire prone area

Yesterday, WA BAL Report discussed the application process for buildings other than single houses in a bushfire-prone area. Today, we will cover the application process for all other buildings. The application process has become more complex since reforms to the bushfire planning process were implemented on 8 April 2016. If you live in a bushfire-prone area, Read more about About the application process for buildings other than single houses in a bushfire prone area[…]

About the application process for a single house in a bushfire prone area

Today, WA BAL Report sheds some light on the application process for those wishing to build a single house in a bushfire-prone area. The application process for the construction of single houses has become more complex since reforms to the bushfire planning process were implemented on 8 April 2016. If you live in a bushfire-prone Read more about About the application process for a single house in a bushfire prone area[…]

WA BAL Report reveals extent of bushfire devastation in Yarloop

Last week, WA BAL Report conducted a bushfire attack level assessment report in the bushfire-ravaged Western Australian town of Yarloop. The Yarloop bushfire, which struck the town in WA’s southwest in January this year, destroyed over 180 properties, claimed 2 lives and resulted in $71 million damage. Unfortunately, the town was virtually wiped off the map and Read more about WA BAL Report reveals extent of bushfire devastation in Yarloop[…]

New regulations apply to roof-mounted evaporative coolers to prevent bush fire attack

Bushfire planning regulations in Western Australia changed from 8 April 2016. If you live in a bushfire-prone area, a significant number of new regulations have been implemented which you must now comply with. WA BAL Report can assess your requirements and advise you on how to protect your home from bushfire attack. Included as part of Read more about New regulations apply to roof-mounted evaporative coolers to prevent bush fire attack[…]

Fire Protection Association Australia to hold more Bushfire Attack Level Short Courses

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) Australia have recently announced they will hold a new round of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Short Courses in Western Australia from this April to July. The 5 day short course provides participants with the required skills, knowledge and ability to determine a Bushfire Attack Level and provide advice on the Read more about Fire Protection Association Australia to hold more Bushfire Attack Level Short Courses[…]

Identifying bushfire risks and dangers

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to protect yourself from bushfire risk, including identifying the risks and dangers of bushfires. You Read more about Identifying bushfire risks and dangers[…]

Subsidy continues to apply to local government employees for Bushfire Attack Level Assessor short course

WA BAL Report stresses the importance for bushfire assessment professionals of ensuring they gain knowledge about bushfires and bushfire assessing and remain up to date with industry best practices. WA BAL Report welcomes the news that the subsidy scheme for local government employees to complete a 5-day bushfire attack level (BAL) assessor short course has been Read more about Subsidy continues to apply to local government employees for Bushfire Attack Level Assessor short course[…]

About the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Bushfire Warning Systems

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issues warnings to inform the community about the risk of bushfires in the local area. The warning information is provided by way of community alerts. WA BAL Report considers it important for those living in bushfire-prone areas to learn and understand the different types of community alerts Read more about About the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Bushfire Warning Systems[…]

Calculating the likelihood of bushfires – the Keetch-Byram Drought Index

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, WA BAL Report also provide specialist advice on bushfires and bushfire prevention generally. Today, WA BAL Report discusses the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which can be used to measure the level of Read more about Calculating the likelihood of bushfires – the Keetch-Byram Drought Index[…]

Bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia

Today, on 8 April 2016, the 4 month transition period for compliance with the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) expired. The purpose of the transition period was to provide stakeholders sufficient time to take into consideration the effect of the amendments on their planning and building requirements when contemplating future Read more about Bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia[…]

The transition period for compliance with bushfire standards is almost up

Tomorrow on 8 April 2016, the transition period for the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Amendment Regulations 2015 and Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2015 to come into effect will expire and the legislation will come into full effect. Applications for building permits submitted before tomorrow for a relevant class of building in a Read more about The transition period for compliance with bushfire standards is almost up[…]

National Memorial Service to be held in honour of Fire and Emergency Services

WA BAL Report announces that the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) will hold a National Memorial Service in honour of Fire and Emergency Services workers and volunteers. The Service will be held on Friday 29 April 2016 at Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, ACT to recognise the sacrifice and commitment of those Read more about National Memorial Service to be held in honour of Fire and Emergency Services[…]

Building Amendment Regulations 2016 relating to bushfires announced

The Western Australian Government has announced that the Building Amendment Regulations (2016), published in the Government Gazette today will come into operation on Friday, 8 April 2016. From 8 April 2016, the 4 month transition exemption for the application of the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code to bushfire-prone areas will end. The Amendment Read more about Building Amendment Regulations 2016 relating to bushfires announced[…]

Bushfire Risk Management and Environmental Conservation

Often, bushfire-prone areas have a significant level of biodiversity, and WA BAL Report recognizes the importance of considering bushfire risk management measures alongside the need to protect the environment and biodiversity. Bushfire-prone areas that are also wetlands, foreshores, Bush Forever sites, remnant vegetation, threatened species and ecological communities, nature reserves and coastal reserves may be Read more about Bushfire Risk Management and Environmental Conservation[…]

Avoiding bulk green waste storage fires and preventing bushfires

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to protect yourself from bushfire risk. Bulk green waste storage fires can develop into bushfires. Read more about Avoiding bulk green waste storage fires and preventing bushfires[…]

Avoiding mulch fires and preventing bushfires

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to protect yourself from bushfire risk. Mulch fires are usually caused by discarded cigarettes under Read more about Avoiding mulch fires and preventing bushfires[…]

Avoiding crop fires and preventing bushfires

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to protect yourself from bushfire risk. Crop fires can start on farms during harvests due Read more about Avoiding crop fires and preventing bushfires[…]