Nominations are Now Open for the 2015 Firefighting Awards

If you know of an outstanding individual, brigade, unit or group whose contribution deserves recognition, please take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts by nominating them to receive an award. Further information about the awards, including categories and nomination form can be found at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards The closing date for all nominations is 5pm on Friday…

Only a few hours left to have your say

Just a last minute reminder to get your comments to the Office of the Auditor General regarding DFES and Volunteers. In case you’ve missed any of the previous notes, here’s an email from the Auditor General’s Office we distributed last week. Most importantly, click here NOW to complete the quick survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/FESVolunteersSurvey   Message from the…

Bushfire Risk Management submissions online

As part of the development of the government’s proposed Planning and Development (Bushfire Risk Management) Regulations 2014, a number of stakeholders, including Local Government Authorities, have made submissions which are now publicly available to view online at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/7452.asp The Department of Planning has advised that it is currently considering all comments received on the bushfire regulations.

Urgent change to Volunteer police checks

The Association received the following important email from DFES this morning: Dear Stakeholders, The Western Australia Police (WAPOL) informed DFES last week their process for conducting Volunteer Criminal History Checks will change effective 1 December 2014. These are significant changes, but we are endeavouring to minimise the operational impact.  The major change operationally is the introduction…

Training Information Bulletin 5/2014

This Training Information Bulletin is provided to detail proposed changes to the trainer and assessor model and includes updates on other training matters. The new trainer assessor (TA) model has been developed in response to feedback from volunteers on the onerous nature of the constant changing of training and assessment qualification requirements by Innovation and…

Nominations closing soon – 50 year volunteer service badge

Local Member Hon Mia Davies MLA has advised that nominations for formal recognition of long-serving volunteers who have contributed 50 years or more of volunteer service to one organisation are closing next week. “Volunteering is the lifeblood of country communities and I’d encourage everyone to think about the people who have given selflessly to make…

Nominations sought for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and Emergency Services Medal (ESM).

File No: 00478 25 September 2014 DFES General Circular No: 164/2014 AUSTRALIAN FIRE SERVICE MEDAL AND EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDAL NOMINATIONS SOUGHT Nominations are currently being sought for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and Emergency Services Medal (ESM). You are encouraged to nominate any career or volunteer member that you consider worthy of recognition at…

DPAW safety warning

The sun is out and it’s warming up – time for hibernating snakes to emerge from hidey-holes and start looking for food. Some snakes, like the dugite, tiger snake and five-ringed brown snake pictured, are venomous. We recommend people take extra care outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bushland, by wearing long pants and enclosed…

Nominations open for 2014 Volunteer Employee Recognition Awards (VERA)

Help celebrate the contribution made by employers and self employed volunteers by nominating a deserving VERA recipient. Click here now to complete a nomination form The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades is proud to support the DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards in order to acknowledge the important contribution employers and self employed volunteers provide…

Getting prepared for bushfire season

The Department of Local Government and Communities is working with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the State Emergency Management Committee and other stakeholders to assist local governments and their communities prepare for the bushfire season. The State-wide ‘ Are You Ready?’ campaign encourages local governments to promote the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ message in…