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…

Minister Francis: Fire and rescue service upgrade for Mid-West

​$2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened in Geraldton New $710,000 Incident Control Vehicle for the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions A new $2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened today in Geraldton will improve the capability of local emergency services in the State’s Mid-West. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the…

Sporting great pads up as Bushfire Ready Ambassador

Former Test cricketer Justin Langer fronts Are You Ready? campaign Preparing for bushfires is a shared responsibility between government,  community groups and individuals Cricketing great Justin Langer will lead this summer’s Are You Ready? bushfire campaign as Western Australia’s new Bushfire Ready Ambassador. The campaign, launched today, drives home the message that preparing for bushfires…

New compensation support for firefighters

Compensation entitlement for volunteer and former firefighters who contract a prescribed cancer Legislation recognises cancer risk from carcinogens released during fires Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today announced that State Cabinet had approved legislation to provide compensation to current and former volunteer firefighters, the Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and former Department of Fire…

Davies encourages women to nominate for Rural Women’s Award

Local MP Mia Davies MLA has encouraged women in the Wheatbelt to nominate for the Rural Industries and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. The award is open to all women involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia, no formal qualifications are required. The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award supports and recognises leadership roles undertaken by women…

Owners responsible for poles, lines on their property

Owners of private power poles and overhead lines deemed responsible for costs associated with pole replacement, reinforcement or conversion to underground Electrical safety regulator EnergySafety to launch an education campaign informing owners of responsibilities and obligations Electrical safety regulator EnergySafety will launch a public awareness campaign next month to alert property owners with overhead power…