Clearing the haze
DARYL Binning’s description of the demise of the Bush Fires Board due to being “broken up and absorbed” into the former Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) is incorrect (Bushfire expertise gone up in smoke, WSW, November 8).
Established in 1985, CALM was, among other things, responsible for fire management on national parks, state forest and other lands it managed.
Today, these services are delivered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
CALM and the Bush Fires Board enjoyed an excellent working relationship in the areas of prescribed burning and bushfire suppression until 1999, when the board was replaced by the newly established Fire and Emergency Services Authority. Peter Dans, Director, Regional and Fire Management Services Department of Parks and Wildlife.