The Association has received a number of enquiries regarding the use of the word “emergency” in regard to the current incidents in both Northcliffe and Boddington.
There appears to be some confusion as to whether or not the FES Commissioner’s “emergency warning” advice published yesterday and today is a declaration of an “emergency situation” under section 50(1) of Emergency Management Act 2005. If so, the declaration would allow employers of volunteers to apply for compensation for the release of their staff.
Obviously, this is an important factor in enabling the maximum number of local emergency service personnel to be available during times of genuine emergency and why the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has urgently sought clarity from the FES Commissioner.
We will provide the DFES response as soon as it becomes available.
In the mean time, the AVBFB remains extremely proud of the hundreds of volunteers who continue to work on the various high risk incidents currently underway at no cost to government.