State’s first Aboriginal volunteer emergency services unit officially opened

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan. One of WA’s largest Aboriginal communities has become the first to have its own dedicated Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit New Bidyadanga unit significantly improves response times in surrounding areas including the Great Northern Highway Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency…

Nationals WA: Labor Bans Nationals Meeting with Emergency Volunteers

The Nationals WA have expressed concern after the Minister for Emergency Services barred visiting MPs from meeting with local emergency services volunteers in the Pilbara this week. Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Colin de Grussa MLC, said barring elected Members of Parliament from speaking with local volunteers was a gross overreach by the McGowan Government. “It’s…

DFES: Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence/DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following media statement was published by DFES at 10am today. The original title was “Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” and was later changed to “DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” Local Governments in the South West Land Division interested in hosting the new Bushfire Centre of Excellence…

WA Gov’t: Spring prescribed burning underway

Prescribed burning is essential for reducing the build-up of flammable vegetation and ground fuels Parks and Wildlife Service staff will utilise suitable weather conditions to safely undertake prescribed burns Prescribed burning is now underway in areas surrounding Perth and across the south-west of the State to protect communities from devastating summer bushfires. The Parks and…

WA Gov’t: Bushfire Mitigation Forum to be held in early October

McGowan Labor Government continuing open dialogue on bushfire mitigation Forum will expand on inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in June 2017 Greater representation of attendees including volunteer groups Following the success of last year’s inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit, the McGowan Labor Government will hold an expanded Bushfire Mitigation Forum in early October. The forum will…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

WA Gov’t: New $1.13 million base for West Gidgegannup bushfire volunteers

Biggest investment ever for stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility The base will cover 400 square metres and include incident control and radio rooms Collaboration between West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade, the City of Swan and Department of Fire and Emergency Services The McGowan Labor Government has today announced a record $1.13 million will be invested…

WA Gov’t: Fire and Emergency Services Awards honour community heroes

Volunteer and career members of State’s emergency services recognised in 13 categories Awards acknowledge group and individual achievements across Fire Services, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) and State Emergency Service (SES) First time all emergency groups recognised in one awards ceremony Ordinary Western Australians who have made extraordinary contributions to protect and save their fellow…

WA Govt: Improved remote command response unveiled at AFAC Conference

Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference Launch of State’s first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services…

WA Govt: 2018 Resilient Australia WA Awards winners announced

Primary school, firefighter, regional shire and social services advocacy group honoured in 2018 Resilient Australia WA Awards WA winners now finalists in the National Resilient Australia Awards Awards recognise community efforts at improving resilience in the face of natural disasters, emergencies and other challenges The Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) has won the…

WA Govt: Improved remote command response unveiled at AFAC Conference

Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference Launch of State’s first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services…

WA Govt: Rebuild of Yarloop Community Centre restores community spirit

The following media statement was published by the WA State Government today: McGowan Government grants $1 million to the Shire of Harvey for Yarloop Community Centre Shire secures $750,000 through Lotterywest, taking State’s contribution to $1.75 million Yarloop Community Centre to provide a multipurpose central hub for locals Premier Mark McGowan and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn…

Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters bound for the USA

As you can see from the Facebook post below and this media statement published by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson yesterday, six employees of the WA State Government are on their way to the USA as part of the 180-strong combined Australian and New Zealand contingent sent to assist with fire control. The Association had a…