Interstate interest in WA bush fires

Interest in the Esperance fires has been sustained in other states with media coverage given to the Esperance Fires MIR released this week. Below is an extract from an article by Greg Roberts in The Age newspaper with the full article accessible via the following link. http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/esperance-fires-report-criticises-communication-during-esperance-fire-effort-20160329-gnts6x.html   ‘Esperance fires: Report criticises communication during Esperance…

Association represented at DOACs

The Association was represented at the recent DOAC held in Narrogin by Dave Gossage while the Merredin and Northam DOAC meetings were attended by George Storer and Tony Papafilis. The meetings, as always, went through extensive agendas covering a range of issues as well as reports on activities and forward planning by shires and volunteers,…

Association visits Wanneroo Central BFB

The Association’s Treasurer, Lorraine Webster, Committee Member Michael Webster and Tony Papafilis visited the Wanneroo Central Brigade for their monthly meeting held on 21st March. We thank Darren Mibus, Brigade Captain and Fire Control Officer for extending an invitation to the Association. We thank the volunteers for their welcome, the opportunity to meet in person, talk about…

Fire amidst tumbling rains

Nature’s oddities amaze and confound such as fire amidst heavy rain. This is the story from WAToday, part of which is reproduced below, about people watching the effect of heavy rains causing a rare dam overflow yet finding themselves also calling out the bush fire brigades.   “Perth weather: storm over Perth Hills causes both…

Changes to DFES’ Volunteer portal

DFES have made changes to the Volunteer Portal that refine the registration process for new volunteers and ensure they have access to the eAcademy, DFES’ online training management system. All volunteers will have secure access to the eAcademy that will enable them to receive training related information and alerts directly to their nominated email address.…

Inspiring women in emergency services

The West Australian published a very good article by Katherine Fleming about women volunteering for emergency services. The article focused on three inspiring women in different emergency services. The following is a part of the article focussing on Debbie Screen from the Parkerville Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. The full article can be accessed via following…

Petition for Parliamentary Inquiry

A petition with 2131 signatures was delivered to Parliament and presented to the Hon Rick Mazza MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region for the Shooters and Fishers Party. Delivering the Petition were Manjimup Shire’s Fire Control Officer Tom Muir and Waroona beef producer Raymond Hull, who also organised the petition. The Hon Rick Mazza MLC…

Award for scientific research into bush fires

Scientific research into bush fires gained more peer recognition and accolades with University of Queensland researcher Nick McCarthy winning an award and $5000 for his bush fire research project. The following report about his award is from the University of Queensland’s UQ News.   ‘Fire-chaser wins national prize’ Research into fighting fires with science has helped a University of Queensland…

Interested in being a Volunteer Leadership Trainer?

Volunteer Emergency Services Associations were given a briefing on the “Leadership Fundamentals” course at the DFES Training Academy. The course is designed to benefit all volunteers by both developing leadership skills in leaders and those working towards such roles while giving other volunteers an understanding of the demands and challenges facing those in leadership roles. On the basis of the…

Volunteer – Employer relations

Many volunteers rely on support from their employer to get time from work for volunteering duties. To help volunteers and employers in managing their relationship, DFES are developing a resource package that will benefit and support all emergency services volunteers regarding their work release arrangements. The resource package was developed in partnership with the University…

Associations preview the new eAcademy

The emergency services volunteer associations were given a preview of the new E Academy system developed by DFES to support the Pathways training system. The eAcademy will be launched shortly. The system is relatively simple and will give volunteers easy access to information about their training progress, requests for training and updates information regarding training…

Insurance cover for BFB volunteers

Your Association has been receiving enquiries about insurance cover for Bush Fire Brigade volunteers. Some of the information coming through such inquiries has caused concern that there is some misunderstanding about it and mistaken perceptions in regards to how well you are covered when you are out doing your bit for your community. As a…