Hardware store receives top honour

The important contribution employers make to emergency services across the State by allowing their employees to attend emergency incidents as volunteers, was recognised last week with an Albany business receiving the highest honour. Hardware store T&C Supplies was presented with a Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers Employer Recognition Gold Award – one of…

Emergency Services Motorcycle Club ride

In the spirit of promoting good causes that might result in better collaboration, friendships and mental health within our extended emergency services family, the Association is happy to relay the information below from Syd Bignell from the Emergency Services Motorcycle Association (ESMA) regarding its next group ride. For more information, please visit the ESMA website…

VBFS women #MakeItHappen

While many would assume that the emergency services, and in particular fire fighting, is an overwhelmingly male-dominated sector, the fact is that Western Australia’s largest agency – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has almost an even split of women to men. The official statistics show that women make up between 30% and 40% of the…

Too much fire, not enough bodies

Saving WA towns from a summer of raging infernos fell to teams of exhausted heroes. It was an onslaught that wouldn’t end: fire after fire after fire, rising up to threaten homes and force evacuations, being beaten into submission by exhausted firefighters only for another to spring up somewhere else. On at least 40 days…

Only a few hours left to have your say

Just a last minute reminder to get your comments to the Office of the Auditor General regarding DFES and Volunteers. In case you’ve missed any of the previous notes, here’s an email from the Auditor General’s Office we distributed last week. Most importantly, click here NOW to complete the quick survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/FESVolunteersSurvey   Message from the…

Quick Facts: Emergency Services Levy

Here’s something to think about. This year, less than 10% of the $290,000,000 emergency services levy collected by Western Australia’s Local Governments will find its way back to the Volunteer Bushfire Brigades and SES units those Councils and Shires manage. Here’s an infographic that clearly illustrates the size of DFES-managed services compared to Local Government…