Doing his bit

The warm light of the afternoon sun shines through the window, silhouetting him and as he smiles. His young children are laughing in the background, somewhere watching TV with his wife, although he can’t tell. Looking at me intently, I could see in his eyes he was ready to talk – something that not all…

Update on VAC/Prescribed Association

Stakeholders know that the Association has reported the changed position of the DOAC-elected VAC nominees to Emergency Service Minister Hon Joe Francis and has been working constructively to create a Bush Fire Service Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) as soon as possible. We’ve been in contact with the Minister’s office very regularly offering any assistance we…

Reminder: AGM tomorrow

Just a quick reminder to those attending the WAFES Conference (and other members who would like to attend), the AVBFB AGM will be held at 2:50pm in meeting rooms 1 & 2 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow – Saturday 19 September 2015. Since there are no special agenda items, the AGM won’t take long…

Queensland Parliament Votes for highest level of firefighter cancer support in Australia

The following article was published in “Fireline” from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland today. We look forward to seeing the Western Australian government’s Bill to provide compensation for volunteer firefighters who contract cancer – due before the end of 2015.   We must temper our enthusiasm by always remembering that if you as a…

Bushfire funding to evaluate effectiveness of Northern Territory prescription burns

Research will be conducted into the effectiveness of fire management practices in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the announcement of the funding, $2 million in Commonwealth and Territory Government funding for bushfire mitigation, Bushfires NT director Mark Ashley, said a more strategic approach to fire prevention and management, would have wider benefits for the community.…

Tas Fire Service’s ability to manage emergency role to come under Parliamentary scrutiny

Changes to Tasmania’s Fire Service (TFS) will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee after the Opposition raised concerns about the delivery of services in the future. Labor’s demand for an inquiry, supported by the Greens, was also backed in Parliament by the Government, who said there was nothing to hide and that Labor was making…

QwN: Presumptive laws for volunteers

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s predecessor’s commitment that presumptive cancer firefighter laws would apply to both career and volunteer firefighters. (1) Is…

QwN: Volunteer Fuel Card

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Wagin Terry Waldron and answered by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman in Parliament yesterday: Mr T. WALDRON to the Minister for Regional Development: Can the minister please provide some details about the emergency service volunteer fuel card scheme, which was announced in Boddington in the Wagin…

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…

Service burns deep for vollies

MOUNT Helena Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade had many reasons to celebrate at a recent awards ceremony when 11 of their members received a National Medal. The long-serving and dedicated firefighters achieved more than 290 years of service between them. The National Medal recognises long service by members of government and voluntary organisations who risk their…

QwN: Emergency Services Acts

The following question without notice was asked by the Hon Martin Pritchard and answered by the Attorney General in Parliament on Tuesday, confirming that a Bill to consolidate the current Emergency Services legislation remains some way off: Hon MARTIN PRITCHARD to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the proposed…