ANZAC Day

The proud women and men of Western Australia’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service share our solemn respect for those who have previously served (or currently are serving) our nation in a theatre of war. On ANZAC Day in particular, many Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members will actively honour those who have courageously sacrificed their time, health, and…

Survival Story

Below is a short story that appeared on the Channel Nine News on Thursday 23 April regarding the terrible accident that befell Mt Helena Volunteer Bush Fire Fighter Steve Hart. Assisted by his mate and fellow firefighter Mick Fitpatrick, Steve tells Nine report Ben Hennessy that he owes his life to the correct use of…

SA: Emergency Services volunteers say they have ‘lost all confidence’ in Tony Piccolo

STATE emergency services volunteers have “lost complete confidence” in embattled Minister Tony Piccolo over his controversial emergency services reforms. SES volunteers association chair Warren Hicks sent a letter to the embattled minister and Premier Jay Weatherill, which stated concerns about the constantly changing purpose and scope of the reforms. “The association has also lost complete…

Nominations are Now Open for the 2015 Firefighting Awards

If you know of an outstanding individual, brigade, unit or group whose contribution deserves recognition, please take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts by nominating them to receive an award. Further information about the awards, including categories and nomination form can be found at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards The closing date for all nominations is 5pm on Friday…

First Aid Training

The strategy for the provision of First Aid training to all staff and volunteers was approved by Operations Command in the middle of 2014. The strategy proposes that the delivery of First Aid training be outsourced however it should also include the flexibility for some components to be delivered internally if the expertise exists. Professional…

Pathways Project Update

Volunteer Pathways VFF 1 declarations closed 31 March 2015 SES 1 declarations deadline has been extended until 30 April 2015 Implementation of VFF 2 – 6 is anticipated to commence late April. These Pathways will be implemented by service to each DFES region in the following order: 1. Volunteer Fire Rescue Services 2. Volunteer Fire…

DFES Trainer Assessors

Key Information Upcoming Course The new in-house trainer assessor course for Workplace Trainer Assessors was conducted at the Academy on 9/10 April. Feedback will be gathered from participants and used to finalise course materials prior to the scheduling of further courses. Trainer Assessor Endorsement A revised Trainer Assessor Endorsement process has been developed in keeping…

ALP Media Statement: Minister excludes himself from volunteer firefighter consultation process

Fast Facts: Joe Francis rejects request from volunteer fire fighter committee to receive reports  as well as FESA Commissioner Volunteer fire fighters risk their lives to keep us safe – the Minister should listen to their concerns Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis’ refusal to allow the volunteer consultative committee representing the largest group of firefighters…

AVBFB meets Ministers at Community Cabinet

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Vice President Dave Gossage was invited to represent the Volunteer Bush Fire Service at the State Government’s Community Cabinet meeting in Armadale last night. At the event Dave personally met with the Premier and a number of WA’s Ministers, raising important issues such as prescribed burning and funding issues. In…

Update: 5 year service medals

Those who have read our previous updates would already know that the FES Commissioner responded to the Association’s December 2014 letter in last month confirming that he had approved the inclusion of the word “Volunteer” in all future Bush Fire Service branding. We are pleased to report that DFES has confirmed this week that the new…

Smoke Signals from Queensland

The latest edition of “Smoke Signals” – the e-magazine published every quarter by our Queensland colleagues at the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland – contains an article written by a few of the wonderful men and women who flew across our big brown land to help us out during the big incidents earlier this year.…