Firefighters return from tough US deployment

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister, Hon Joe Francis and Environment Minister, Hon Albert Jacob this week. ​Contingent included experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Nine Western Australian firefighters returned home today after five weeks helping crews battle bushfires burning across the north-west of the United…

Fuel card rollout for regional volunteers

The State Government announced its Fuel Card for ES Volunteers scheme today. Below is the unedited media statement from Ministers Francis and Redman ​New State Government initiative to support volunteers $7.6 million for Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme Made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program Emergency services volunteers will be…

Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors’ accrediting body and training courses

A further information session on accreditation and training for Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level Assessors is scheduled to take place in Geraldton. The Geraldton information session will include details about the accreditation and training courses being offered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) [the first accrediting body in Western Australia] for Level 1…

Disaster assistance for flood-affected Western Australian communities

Below is an unedited media statement published today by the Premier, Hon Colin Barnett:   Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in the local government areas of Dalwallinu, Kellerberrin, Moora, Tammin, Westonia, Wongan-Ballidu, and Wyalkatchem in response to the heavy rainfall…

‘Are You Ready’ funding to Western Australia for bushfire prevention projects

Below is an unedited media statement recently published by the acting Emergency Services Minister, Hon Liza Harvey ​Grants to help communities become bushfire ready Commonwealth Justice Minister Michael Keenan has announced $904,000 in funding over three years to help reduce the bushfire risk in Western Australia, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire Mitigation Program.…

WA firefighters deploy to Canadian wildfires

Below is a media statement published this morning by the WA Government. The Association wishes everyone involved a safe and effective journey. Western Australian fire agencies send firefighters to Canada’s western provinces Contingent includes experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Twelve fire and emergency services personnel and forest firefighters will depart…

DFES: WA Firefighting Awards finalists take commitment to a new level

A very big congratulations to all finalists in this year’s WA Firefighting Awards, especially Michael Cave from the Narpyn Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Sean Corbin from the East Gidgegannup VBFB, Terri Kowal from the Bunbury VBFB and Nathan Garrington from East Swan VBFB. Below is the media statement naming all finalists in each category published…

Selfless dedication of volunteers recognised

Six individuals and two organisations receive WA Volunteer Awards Socioeconomic and cultural value of volunteering in WA estimated at $39 billion Outstanding Western Australian volunteers were recognised at an awards ceremony last night for their enormous contribution to the community. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the WA Volunteer Awards, hosted by Volunteering WA,…

ALP Media Statement: Minister excludes himself from volunteer firefighter consultation process

Fast Facts: Joe Francis rejects request from volunteer fire fighter committee to receive reports  as well as FESA Commissioner Volunteer fire fighters risk their lives to keep us safe – the Minister should listen to their concerns Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis’ refusal to allow the volunteer consultative committee representing the largest group of firefighters…