Visiting the Speaker

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades operate within a legislative emergency services framework determined by the state parliament. Therefore, the Association endeavours to meet with Members of Parliament to cultivate good relations with them so we can influence their consideration on matters affecting volunteer bush fire fighters. In between other scheduled meetings whilst in Perth, an opportunity…

Association Committee meeting in Kalamunda

The Association’s President, Ross Fenwick, chaired the second Association Committee meeting of the year held at the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s Station on 31st October. It was Ross’ first full meeting as the Chairman and also the first for time for others in new roles and new to the Committee including the new Secretary, John Mangini, new Committee members Joanne…

Association and Chief Superintendents in new consultation forum

The Association was pleased to accept an invitation from the DFES Commissioner, Wayne Gregson, to form a new consultative forum with the Chief Superintendents. The forum provides another consultation mechanism for volunteers’ issues and ideas to be given sound consideration in a co-operative grouping. The forum will involve regular meetings between DFES Operations Chief Superintendents…

Australia Facing Volunteer ‘Paradox’

Australia is facing a volunteer crisis with the elderly volunteers that provide care and support to vulnerable people in rural communities facing burnout, according to an international expert. Director of the Trent Center for Ageing and Society in Canada, Professor Mark Skinner, said a “paradox” was emerging for Australia’s ageing rural communities. Professor Skinner is…

Victorian volunteer firefighters call for equal treatment under cancer compensation laws

Newly drafted laws will offer easier access to cancer compensation for Victorian firefighters, but Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers have called for the eligibility rules to be revised. The laws have been designed to improve access to compensation for sick firefighters, but they have been criticised for the limited protection offered to 40,000 local CFA…

Cool heads essential during fire emergency

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/29845013/are-you-bushfire-ready-dfes-cool-heads-make-the-tough-calls/ Brad Stringer is used to keeping cool in a crisis. As the Department of Fire and Emergency Services assistant commissioner, he helps call the shots during emergencies. He oversees up to 50 people in the State Operations Centre and helps allocate resources to fire grounds. “We only have finite resources, so I often have…