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…

Boost to improve natural disaster resilience in Western Australia

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced more than $3 million of projects to assist communities across Western Australia build resilience to natural disasters. Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments would strengthen disaster resilience across WA through state-wide and community level…

Response from DFES to reports about closing fire stations during Winter

Content:​Reports have appeared in today’s media that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is considering closing fire stations at night during winter.Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson this afternoon said: “I’ve had assurances from the Minister that budget cuts will not affect frontline service delivery. In this light, there are no moves…

Firefighters call for support as WA faces further fire risk

  Content: In preparation for a second week of challenging fire conditions, 137 Victorian firefighters will begin arriving in Western Australia to provide interstate support for the State’s emergency response efforts.   WA career and volunteer firefighters have been working tirelessly over the last week, battling blazes across the State and saving countless lives and…

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MANJIMUP BUSHFIRES

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in response to the Manjimup bushfire. Mr Keenan said that the assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Mr Barnett today told a community meeting in Pemberton…

Total Fire Ban for central and southern parts of Western Australia for Sunday

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Sunday 11 January 2015 for all local governments in the Perth Metropolitan, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Lower South West and Great Southern Regions. This includes all of Western Australia, except for the Pilbara and Kimberley. On Sunday 11 January 2015 any activity that could start a fire is…

Landmark legislation to protect firefighters (Qld)

The RFBAQ welcomes this momentous announcement from Premier Newman, and his Governments assurances that volunteer firefighters in Queensland will have the same rights to presumptive legislation as any other firefighter without any discriminatory qualifying or attendance prerequisites. This was 1 of 6 key election policy requests that the RFBAQ sent to every political party in…