Volunteer firefighter numbers up, despite anger at increases to ESL bills

VOLUNTEER firefighter numbers have surged in the wake of major blazes including the Sampson Flat inferno, despite controversy over increases to Emergency Services Levy bills. The top brass of South Australia’s emergency services and Treasury officials today fronted a meeting of State Parliament’s Economic and Finance committee. CFS chief executive Greg Nettleton told the committee…

WA Volunteers recognised

The following news article was published by GWN/7 News on 18 May about the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.   More than 2900 fires have broken out in WA already this year. And many of them have been put out by volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteers are at…

Prescribed Association

Some members may have seen an advertisement placed by DFES in the West Australian newspaper this week calling for nominations for a prescribed association for the Bush Fire Volunteer Advisory Committee. The AVBFB has received a letter from the Minister explaining that the review of the prescribed association is a direct result of the Association…

Margaret Quirk on ESL/Budget

The following was part of a speech given to Parliament by the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk on 20 May: After years of denial and blustering from the government, it is readily apparent that a large proportion of the moneys collected from the Western Australian ratepayers in the emergency services levy is not…

QoN: Emergency Services — SEMC

The following Question on Notice was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament today: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the State Emergency Management Committee’s Emergency Preparedness Report tabled in November 2014 and its finding on page 40 that…