Joint media statement – Disaster assistance for WA communities after Cyclone Joyce

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 12 local government areas in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Joyce a week ago. Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and…

Mitigation, including prescribed burning – cheaper, safer and expertly managed

Many have already seen this video shared by Parks and Wildlife earlier this week from the Mundaring fires. It’s a bit of a mix of messages but the first and arguably the most important from our perspective was the acknowledgement of the volunteer effort involved in managing it so successfully. But there’s another very important…

The West: Union fights DFES over its top job selection

The United Firefighters Union has taken industrial action to stop the Department of Fire and Emergency Services appointing non-firefighters to leadership positions without the union’s approval. UFU State secretary Lea Anderson declared yesterday that DFES had no right to “parachute in” unqualified appointees to “play dress-ups in our uniform”. The UFU’s influence at the multi-hazard…

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…

Amanda Williamson, who resigned from DFES, in her army uniform

The West: Split after firey falls on sword

The article below appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper: The departure of WA’s first female Fire and Emergency Services superintendent has split volunteer groups, with one claiming she was not supported by management and another arguing male dominance was a fact of life at the agency. The Weekend West revealed reservist Army Lt-Col. Amanda Williamson had…

AFAC opinion piece: AFAC no AMA but working hard to support you

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has previously sought and been refused membership of AFAC because it does not represent WA’s largest emergency service, our invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Service. Nevertheless, the AVBFB recognises that AFAC currently has some influence to state and national policy and we therefore try to stay as involved…

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm with Amanda Williamson at the SWORD launch in November.

The West: Resignation of female chief sparks investigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is deeply concerned by allegations made in the article that appeared on the front page of today’s West Australian newspaper regarding former DFES Superintendent Ms Amanda Williamson. Gender is not an indication of capability and therefore discrimination based on sex is both abhorrent and foolish, particularly in…

Scholarships Available – Attend the National Volunteering Conference!

Our friends at Volunteering WA recently sent us the information below, announcing that the Department of Social Services (DSS) have funding available for those who would like to attend the 2018 National Volunteering Conference to be held in Sydney in June. If you have some interest, please jump on the site and fill in the…