West Perth Fire Station

This Parliamentary Question without Notice was asked by Hon Ken Travers and answered by the Attorney General Hon Michael Mischin on behalf of the Emergency Services Minister in the Legislative Council on Tuesday 14 October: I refer to the announcement of a new fire station in West Perth, and ask: (a) has a location been identified for the…

DFES Metro vs Regional Staff

This Parliamentary Question on Notice was asked by Opposition Spokesperson for Fire and Emergency Services Margaret Quirk and answered by Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Honourable Joe Francis on Tuesday 14 October: I refer to Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) personnel and ask: (a) How many metropolitan personnel were employed from: (i) 1…

DFES Aerial Appliances

This Parliamentary Question on Notice was asked by Opposition Spokesperson for Fire and Emergency Services Margaret Quirk and answered by Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Honourable Joe Francis on Tuesday 14 October: (1) Can the Minister advise how many and the location of aerial appliances which the Department of Fire and Emergency Services owns? (2)…

DFES Worksafe inquiries

This Parliamentary Question on Notice was asked by Opposition Spokesperson for Fire and Emergency Services Margaret Quirk and answered by Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Honourable Joe Francis on Tuesday 14 October: (1) What Worksafe inquiries are currently on foot at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in relation to: (a) Operations; (b)…

DFES HQ power supply

This Parliamentary Question on Notice was asked by Opposition Spokesperson for Fire and Emergency Services Margaret Quirk and answered by Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Honourable Joe Francis on Tuesday 14 October: I refer to power supply to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Cockburn headquarters and ask: (a) is there a back-up power…

Nominations closing soon – 50 year volunteer service badge

Local Member Hon Mia Davies MLA has advised that nominations for formal recognition of long-serving volunteers who have contributed 50 years or more of volunteer service to one organisation are closing next week. “Volunteering is the lifeblood of country communities and I’d encourage everyone to think about the people who have given selflessly to make…

Owners flare share on prescribed burns

THE Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has completed 29 prescribed burns this fire season. These comprise 18 prescribed burns vested with the City and 11 private property prescribed burns. “Prescribed burns form part of the brigade’s core operations. Operation costs are covered in the City’s budget under the law, order and public safety program,”…

Fines for false fire calls

West Australians who repeatedly trigger false fire alarms will be fined $750 from next year after frustrated firefighters needlessly raced to more than 10,700 fake emergencies last financial year. WA is the only State not to issue fines for repeated false alarms, which the Department of Fire and Emergency Services spent more than $8 million…

Members discussion forums go live

The AVBFBweb team has delivered yet another invaluable tool to encourage discussion, engagement and collaboration among our diverse Bush Fire Volunteer family. As well as several “private” forums to help the management committee and sub-committees share ideas and information when in the planning stages, tonight’s launch of the members discussion area has kicked off with…

2014 WA Firefighting Awards presented in Perth

WA’s most outstanding firefighters were recognised at the 2014 Firefighting Awards on Sunday. Five awards were handed out during the ceremony at Perth Exhibition Convention Centre for volunteer and career firefighters who have excelled while serving WA communities. Firefighters from Broome, Boddington, Cue, Fitzroy Crossing and Perth received awards. Among the recipients was Kenn McLeod…

New compensation support for firefighters

Compensation entitlement for volunteer and former firefighters who contract a prescribed cancer Legislation recognises cancer risk from carcinogens released during fires Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today announced that State Cabinet had approved legislation to provide compensation to current and former volunteer firefighters, the Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters and former Department of Fire…

#WAFES conference – sharing the experience

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes all delegates and colleagues to the 2014 WA Fire and Emergency Services conference which opens today at the Perth Convention Centre. The conference not showcases the incredible work, diversity and expertise of WA’s 30,000 or so emergency service volunteers, but also provides invaluable opportunities for learning and…