AVBFB seeks more info on review consultations

The Association met with the SEMC this week to provide initial feedback to the review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires announced this week. At that meeting, we were told the review is to focus on the following three areas: Operational communications Interstate resource deployment Interagency collaboration with DFES managing the first two components (Operational…

Selfless dedication of volunteers recognised

Six individuals and two organisations receive WA Volunteer Awards Socioeconomic and cultural value of volunteering in WA estimated at $39 billion Outstanding Western Australian volunteers were recognised at an awards ceremony last night for their enormous contribution to the community. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the WA Volunteer Awards, hosted by Volunteering WA,…

ESL to increase by 10.6%

As part of our role of keeping the 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest Emergency Service well informed, we believe it is important to provide as much information as possible about government policy and other activities. In that context, yesterday’s WA State Budget saw a decision to increase the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) from…

Humility wins out for our volunteers

From a young environmentalist to a 90-year-old aged care worker, this year’s outstanding WA volunteers have one thing in common – humility. “Being a volunteer you don’t expect this but it’s nice to think I am achieving this. I am very grateful,” Betty Fairclough, 90, said. Ms Fairclough was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering…

QwN: Prescribed Burning Program

The following question without notice was asked in Parliament on 12 May by the Member for Vasse, Libby Mettam and answered by the Minister for Environment Hon Albert Jacob: Ms L. METTAM: Can the minister please update the house on his announcement yesterday regarding additional money for prescribed burning as part of this year’s budget?…

QwN: Prescribed Burning Program

The following question without notice was asked by the Hon Lynn MacLaren and answered in Parliament on 7 May by Hon Helen Morton on behalf of the Environment Minister: Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment: I refer to the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s prescribed burning operations. (1) What percentage…

2015 Australian Fire Cadet Championships

The 2015 Australian Fire Cadet Championships will again be co-hosted by the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service Association at Myuna Bay Sport & Rec Camp from 28 September – 1 October 2015. Official invitations to compete have been sent to DFES from Commissioner Fitzsimmons. The website, www.fire-cadets.org.au and the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AustralianFireCadetChampionships…

O’Sullivan and Lower Hotham reviews announced

The State Emergency Management Committee, through its Secretariat, is coordinating a review of the two largest bushfires experienced during the 2014/15 Southern bushfire season – the O’Sullivan (Shire of Manjimup) and Lower Hotham (Shire of Boddington) bushfires. The review will examine three themes – interagency collaboration, intestate deployment and vertical operational communication. While the Department…