QwN: West Perth Fire Station

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Perth Eleni Evangel and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms E. EVANGEL to the Minister for Emergency Services: This morning I joined the minister in inspecting the site for the construction of the new West Perth fire station that…

Letter to FES Commissioner re comments in Parliament

The following self-explanatory letter was sent to FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson yesterday morning.   Wayne Gregson Commissioner Department of Fire and Emergency Services By email Dear Commissioner COMMENTS MADE DURING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ESTIMATES HEARING I write with some reluctance to express the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) disappointment in comments you made during…

ABC: Commissioner says perfect advice during bushfires not possible, critical message system planned

WA’s fire commissioner says it is impossible to provide perfect advice to the public during a major bushfire. Appearing at a budget estimates hearing, commissioner Wayne Gregson was questioned about the Government’s critical message project to provide a single source of messaging during emergencies. Mr Gregson acknowledged that fire authorities had been criticised by some…

Request to DFES to assist with managing claims of bullying

The AVBFB recently wrote to the FES Commissioner explaining that there is a need to create a more systematic process of recording and managing complaints about the intimidation – or bullying – of volunteers and organisations within the unpaid Emergency Services sector. The self-explanatory letter below seeks the support and assistance of DFES in developing…

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…