Urgent change to Volunteer police checks

The Association received the following important email from DFES this morning: Dear Stakeholders, The Western Australia Police (WAPOL) informed DFES last week their process for conducting Volunteer Criminal History Checks will change effective 1 December 2014. These are significant changes, but we are endeavouring to minimise the operational impact.  The major change operationally is the introduction…

DFES Capital Works Program

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about the DFES Identification Cards and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) Can the Minister list the Department of Emergency Services Capital works program for the…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Restricted Access Permit system

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about the Restricted Access Permit system and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommends that a…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Communications interference

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about communications interference and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which notes reports of unknown ‘outside’ interference…

DFES Identification Cards

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about the DFES Identification Cards and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Corrective Services: Can the Minister advise the current status of Department of Fire and Emergency Services identification…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Communications enhancement

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about communications enhancement and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommended that every effort should be…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Access to fire ground

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about access to fire ground and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommended that the Department…

Volunteer Fuel Card

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about the Nationals’ Volunteer Fuel Card scheme and received this response from the Minister for Regional Development Hon Terry Redman: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Regional Development: Can the Minister advise when the fuel card for emergency volunteers in…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Automatic Vehicle Location Technology

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about Automatic Vehicle Location Technology and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommended automatic vehicle location…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Radio Infrastructure

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about radio infrastructure and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommended that radio infrastructure in the…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Appointments to senior roles

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about appointments to senior roles and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which recommended that the Department of…

Fire Hydrants

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about Fire Hydrants and received this response from the Minister for Water Hon Mia Davies: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Water: Can the Minister advise the following in relation to fire hydrants: (a) what is the total number of fire…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Affected residents

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about affected residents and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review and the observation that some families were…

Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review – Naming conventions

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about naming conventions and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the Parkerville Stoneville Mt Helena Bushfire Review which found inconsistent naming conventions added…

Minister Francis: Fire and rescue service upgrade for Mid-West

​$2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened in Geraldton New $710,000 Incident Control Vehicle for the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions A new $2 million volunteer fire and rescue station officially opened today in Geraldton will improve the capability of local emergency services in the State’s Mid-West. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the…

What a jolly fool!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has dismissed public comments attributed to United Firefighters Union WA secretary Kevin Jolly in this news article yesterday as unnecessary, unhelpful and foolish. Reluctant to give the daft comments any more publicity, AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said Mr Jolly’s suggestion that DFES should create safety policies that apply…