DFES: WA Firefighting Awards finalists take commitment to a new level

A very big congratulations to all finalists in this year’s WA Firefighting Awards, especially Michael Cave from the Narpyn Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Sean Corbin from the East Gidgegannup VBFB, Terri Kowal from the Bunbury VBFB and Nathan Garrington from East Swan VBFB. Below is the media statement naming all finalists in each category published…

Shelters honour firies

Below is an article that appeared in the Hills Gazette this week MUNDARING Rotary Club has built two recreational shelters as part of a project to thank firies for their heroic action in the Parkerville, Stoneville and Mt Helena bushfire last year. A morning tea on Saturday marked the completion of the shelters and the…

ABC: High suicide rates amongst emergency workers; experts warn PTSD sufferers not getting needed treatment

http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/7pm/nsw/video/201506/PDs_EmergDeaths_0306_512k.mp4 New figures reveal one police officer, paramedic or firefighter is taking their own life every six weeks, and experts warn frontline emergency workers are not getting the treatment they need. The Intentional Self-Harm Fact Sheet is based on coronial cases around Australia and shows 110 police officers, paramedics and firefighters died by suicide between…

Letter to FES Commissioner re comments in Parliament

The following self-explanatory letter was sent to FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson yesterday morning.   Wayne Gregson Commissioner Department of Fire and Emergency Services By email Dear Commissioner COMMENTS MADE DURING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ESTIMATES HEARING I write with some reluctance to express the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) disappointment in comments you made during…

Response from Minister Simpson re Unified Local Government Volunteer recruitment Centre

Below is the letter we received from the Hon Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government and Volunteering, in response to the AVBFB’s request to collaborate with Government to create a unified Emergency Services Volunteer recruitment centre. The Hon Tony Simpson MLA Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth   Mr Darren Brown…

Save the date: 28/08/15 – SWLGEMA Emergency Management Conference

Below is a self-explanatory email from Chris Widmer from the Bunbury Community Safety and Emergency Management team promoting the upcoming SWLGEMA Conference. The Aim of this year’s Conference is: To provide a collaborative working relationship between local governments, to enable them to meet risk management expectations to achieve safer communities. Hello All, 2015 – South West Local Government Emergency…