Presumptive Legislation introduced into Parliament

It has been a long time coming since its initial announcement but this week the government put its ‘presumptive legislation’ before Parliament. The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Jo Francis MLA, introduced the ‘Firefighters and Emergency Volunteers Legislation Amendment (Compensation) Bill 2016’ into the Parliament. The Association welcomes the Bill as we have been a…

City of Busselton begin burn offs

Prescribed burns are taking place throughout the region with the first one occurring at Meelup Park with the assistance of 36 volunteers. The burn was part of the City of Busselton’s fire management plan and was overseen by the city’s community emergency services manager Tim Wall. Mr Wall said the area of Meelup Park needed careful maintenance as it was an…

Country MP warns against blanket transitioning of WA Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to DFES control

A Western Australian country MP has warned against a statewide transition of control of volunteer bushfire brigades to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). WA is the only state where local government manage volunteer bushfire brigades and the Fire Commissioner has recently recommended DFES become the central controlling agency. Member for Moore Shane…

WA Emergency Services Minister open minded on proposal for DFES to control volunteer bushfire crews

Western Australia’s Minister for Emergency Services says an inquiry into the deadly Yarloop-Waroona fire in the south-west needs to consider how the Government can support the state’s volunteer bushfire brigades. Joe Francis said while some local governments did a good job supporting their local volunteer brigade, others dropped the ball and were appalling. The comment comes…

Premier Barnett agrees with Association

The Association is pleased to note that Premier Colin Barnett agrees with our view that there are problems in the working relationships between volunteers and career emergency service officials that need attention. One of the persistent themes coming from volunteers in recent years has been around problems in their relationships with career personnel, both during…

South West ROAC in Pinjarra

There was a good turnout for the South West ROAC meeting held in Pinjarra at the Murray SES Unit’s premises on 7th April. We thank the Murray SES Unit for use of their facility. Pleased to attend and participate in the meeting were the Association’s representatives, Phil Penny, Terry Hunter and Tony Papafilis. The meeting…