Joint media statement – Disaster assistance following December’s Tropical Cyclone Hilda

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017. Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and…

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WA Govt: WA’s firefighters take to the skies for the 2017-18 bushfire season

New multipurpose hangar in Jandakot to significantly boost support for aerial fleet New air attack helicopter The State’s $21 million full aerial firefighting fleet ready for summer Western Australia’s $21 million aerial firefighting fleet has been bolstered this bushfire season with the addition of a multipurpose helicopter and new multipurpose hangar. Emergency Services Minister Fran…

McGowan Labor Government releases position statement on PFAS

WA Government committed to ensuring communities have access to timely information on PFAS contamination issues State Government committed to protecting the environment from contaminants The McGowan Labor Government is committed to identifying and managing the presence of environmental contamination from per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Western Australia. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today released the…

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City of Greater Geraldton: Volunteer Bushfire Brigades recognised as volunteer organisation of the year

The media statement below was published by the City of Greater Geraldton on Thursday and we are super pleased to see it recognising the amazing women and men of the City’s volunteer bush fire brigades! Congratulations to all involved. MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Volunteer Bushfire Brigades recognised as volunteer organisation of the year 7…

Hon Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation 2017-

WA Govt: International Volunteer Day honours local contributions

Today is the United Nations’ annual International Volunteer Day, with local celebrations held at Government House Grants totalling $39,350 support 42 Thank a Volunteer Day events around WA International Volunteer Day celebrations will conclude with a garden party at Government House today to honour some of the State’s longest-serving volunteers. Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry…

WA Gov’t: Agency partnership boosts State’s emergency response capacity

Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides more than $830,000 worth of chemical detection and identification equipment The ChemCentre of Western Australia to operate, store, and maintain equipment Explosive detectors, RadEye radiation detector, mercury detector and infrared absorption detector among new equipment Memorandum of understanding renewed between DFES and ChemCentre Western Australia’s ability to identify…

Bushfire mitigation funding available for high-risk priority local governments

$15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to operate over four years $3 million available in first year (2017-18) for on-ground mitigation works 15 identified local governments eligible Applications now open A total of 15 local governments in high-risk priority areas are now eligible to apply for bushfire mitigation funding from the inaugural four-year $15 million Mitigation…

Community action key to improving State’s resilience, report finds

  Emergency Preparedness Report concludes greater community preparation needed to build State’s resilience to emergencies Report is a State-wide assessment of Western Australia’s preparedness for emergencies 2017 report most comprehensive to date with 350 per cent increase in data collected compared to 2016 Government agencies actively preparing for emergencies The sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Report has found…

Record number of WA businesses recognised for supporting emergency services

Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards ceremony held today 35 per cent increase in number of businesses recognised. Western Australian businesses are doing more than ever before to support emergency responses across the State. Today, a record 91 businesses have been recognised for their vital role in supporting emergency service volunteers. The Department of Fire and Emergency…

DFES: Honouring lifesaving efforts and longstanding service

Below is a media statement published by DFES: A ceremony at Government House Ballroom on Tuesday 4 October honoured Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) career firefighters and staff for their dedicated long service, while others were recognised for their outstanding achievements. Firefighter Andrew Strunk was awarded a Certificate of Commendation after his quick…