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…

Capricorn Society Supporting Bush Fire Brigades

Capricorn Society is a member based organisation proudly operating by cooperative principles to support businesses within the automotive industry. This approach allows their Members to better manage their businesses by saving time through a single trade account and consolidated billing. Capricorn Society also offer Members a broad range of services, including risk protection, equipment finance, and travel…

Your Conference, Your Ideas

The Convention Centre has been booked and the hotels are being prepared for this year’s Fire and Emergency Services Conference to be held in September. DFES have invited volunteers to have as much input as we can offer because it is the volunteers’ conference. They are looking for your ideas about what you would like…

Managing the Emergency Services Levy

Management and allocation of Emergency Services Levy funding is one of the aspects of emergency services management that comes up regularly in discussions with volunteers and local governments.  The Association’s Vice President Dave Gossage AFSM was interviewed on ABC SouthWest radio on this topic.   There is a widely held view amongst the emergency services community…

Expression Of Interest for Volunteer Fire Pathways Advisory Group

Expressions of interest are called from local government registered bushfire volunteers who wish to be considered for nomination to the Volunteer Fire Pathways Advisory Group (VFPAG). Under the restructure of Training consultative arrangements, the former VTAG/VFTAG have been restructured into an umbrella Volunteer Pathways Advisory Group (VPAG). The purpose of VPAG is to provide a…

WA Volunteer of the Year Nominations

Established in 2011, The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards recognise outstanding contributions of Western Australian volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and corporate organisations with employee volunteer programs. Do you know an amazing individual or organisation you feel is worthy of recognition, one that has made an outstanding contribution to our community through volunteering? If so, we encourage…

Perth Bushfire Relief Concert

The Events Industry Association of WA and the state’s music community are banding together to raise funds for South West residents affected by bushfires in early January.  A concert supported by the City of Perth, called the We Care South West Bushfire Relief concert, will be held on Sunday, 7 February 2016 at Gloucester Park. …