State’s first Aboriginal volunteer emergency services unit officially opened

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan. One of WA’s largest Aboriginal communities has become the first to have its own dedicated Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit New Bidyadanga unit significantly improves response times in surrounding areas including the Great Northern Highway Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency…

AVBFB at Mundijong DRFD Briefing

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage joined Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, John Tillman, Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale President and the Federal Labor Member of Parliament when they attended a meeting of around 20 local volunteers in Mundijong recently to provide an overview of the DFES Rural Fire…

ABC: Tathra bushfire: Inquiry finds ‘palpable animosity’ between NSW firefighting agencies

Four months since bushfires ripped through Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast, an independent review has found “palpable animosity” between the state’s firefighting organisations and called for urgent reform. The inquiry observed that friction between members of Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) meant “the common enemy of…

WA Gov’t: State Government delivers essential funding to Surf Life Saving WA

The following Media Statement was released by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan this morning. $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023 State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA. The funding,…

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Acting Executive Director John Tillman and other DFES and Ministerial staff explaining the Government's recent changes to emergency service volunteers in the North West. Photo: Facebook

Minister, Commissioner and DFES staff take DRFD Tour to the North-West

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, Commissioner Darren Klemm and the Executive Director of the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) have certainly covered a lot of ground since announcing the Government’s decisions in response to the recommendations of the Ferguson Report into the Waroona Fire. After their lightning visits to the South-West, Great Southern and…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

Statement by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services

The following Brief Ministerial Statement was read into Parliament yesterday by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services: COMMISSIONER OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES — DARREN KLEMM — APPOINTMENT Statement by Minister for Emergency Services MR F. LOGAN: I would like to take this opportunity—the first opportunity in the current sitting of Parliament—to acknowledge…

The West: Parliament hears of modern fire truck technology that could leave fireys stranded

The article below was published in The West Australian newspaper today. The original (and paper-based) article was titled “Limp fire truck fears for fireys”. Note: Please also read the AVBFB statement regarding the issue here. Bushfire volunteers fear modern emissions reduction technology that cuts fire trucks’ speed under certain conditions could leave them stranded on…