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…

DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards – nominations open

The DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge the important contribution made by employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia. Many employers allow our emergency services volunteers to take time off work to respond to incidents or attend training, enabling them to deliver essential services that help keep our communities safe.…

2018 Firefighting Awards finalists have been announced

2018 Firefighting Awards finalists have been announced. The awards honour the achievements of individuals, groups, units or brigades who have gone beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to all the nominees who have been shortlisted as finalists: Team Achievement Award Yallingup Rural VBFB Yallingup Coastal VBFB/VFRS Tom Price VBFB and VFRS Youth Achievement Award Callum…

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WA Gov’t: Lifesaving fire crew protection will be delivered to WA firefighters

Lifesaving fire crew protection will be delivered to WA firefighters More than $8.7 million extra committed to protect firefighters in high-risk situations Additional funding will fit 261 fire appliances throughout the State not included in the original rollout, many of which are in northern WA The McGowan Government has committed an additional $8.732 million to…

WA Gov’t: State Government delivers essential funding to Surf Life Saving WA

The following Media Statement was released by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan this morning. $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023 State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA. The funding,…

WA Gov’t: Minister opens new $1.2m SES purpose-built facility in Newman

$1.2m new facility includes a dedicated administration area, training space, operations facilities and storage Facility can operate as a level 3 incident control centre Newman SES unit collaborated with local government and DFES on planning, design and furnishing of new facility The members of Newman’s State Emergency Service unit officially have a new home with…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…