WA Emergency Services Minister open minded on proposal for DFES to control volunteer bushfire crews

Western Australia’s Minister for Emergency Services says an inquiry into the deadly Yarloop-Waroona fire in the south-west needs to consider how the Government can support the state’s volunteer bushfire brigades. Joe Francis said while some local governments did a good job supporting their local volunteer brigade, others dropped the ball and were appalling. The comment comes…

Premier Barnett agrees with Association

The Association is pleased to note that Premier Colin Barnett agrees with our view that there are problems in the working relationships between volunteers and career emergency service officials that need attention. One of the persistent themes coming from volunteers in recent years has been around problems in their relationships with career personnel, both during…

South West ROAC in Pinjarra

There was a good turnout for the South West ROAC meeting held in Pinjarra at the Murray SES Unit’s premises on 7th April. We thank the Murray SES Unit for use of their facility. Pleased to attend and participate in the meeting were the Association’s representatives, Phil Penny, Terry Hunter and Tony Papafilis. The meeting…

Esperance Fires Review released

The Major Incident Report into the Esperance Fires was released this week and it supports the Association’s advocacy for a new approach to bush fire management. At first glance it may seem a case of déjà vu with the same problems identified by previous reviews continuing to impede the effectiveness of our fire fighting capacity.…

Association at the Waroona Fire Inquiry

The Association’s Vice President, Dave Gossage, and CEO, Tony Papafilis, met this week with Euan Ferguson, Special Inquirer into the Waroona Fire. It was an amicable and stimulating meeting with a wide range of issues and ideas discussed. Euan Ferguson’s career background in rural fire service organisations means that he understand most of the issues…

Report criticises Esperance fire effort

Below is part of The West Australian’s coverage of the Esperance fires review. The full article can be found at https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31209575/report-criticises-esperance-fire-effort/ __________________________________________________________   The response to last year’s catastrophic Esperance bushfires in which four people died has been criticised over communication breakdowns between authorities and people on the ground. An independent report by the Nous…