AVBFB appoints first ever full time employee

The association and charity that represents and supports Western Australia’s largest emergency service – the 26,000-strong Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has significantly enhanced its capacity to manage what it says are increasingly complex and challenging policy and stakeholder relationship issues. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has announced that the currently part-time…

DFES: Top emergency services personnel to be honoured

Community members are being called to nominate their personal emergency services hero as part of the annual Fire and Emergency Service Awards. The awards honour the outstanding achievements of volunteers and career firefighters who respond around the clock to fires, floods, cyclones, storms and land and sea search and rescue operations.  Fire and Emergency Services…

Amanda Williamson, who resigned from DFES, in her army uniform

The West: Split after firey falls on sword

The article below appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper: The departure of WA’s first female Fire and Emergency Services superintendent has split volunteer groups, with one claiming she was not supported by management and another arguing male dominance was a fact of life at the agency. The Weekend West revealed reservist Army Lt-Col. Amanda Williamson had…

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm with Amanda Williamson at the SWORD launch in November.

The West: Resignation of female chief sparks investigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is deeply concerned by allegations made in the article that appeared on the front page of today’s West Australian newspaper regarding former DFES Superintendent Ms Amanda Williamson. Gender is not an indication of capability and therefore discrimination based on sex is both abhorrent and foolish, particularly in…

Bushfire-prone local governments fail to submit life-saving hazard management plans

  Up to 60 bushfire-prone local governments in south-west WA have not submitted potentially life-saving hazard management plans required under Statewide protocols, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm warned of the inevitability of bushfires this summer and implored householders to prepare. Mr Klemm and Office of Bushfire Risk…

AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

WA Gov’t: Minister farewells retiring DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson

Commissioner Gregson farewelled at Transfer of Command ceremony Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan acknowledged the Commissioner’s role in establishing the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and numerous other achievements DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm will officially start as the new Commissioner on Monday, September 18 Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan today farewelled and thanked…

Former firefighter gets top DFES job

WA has a new Fire Commissioner – former firefighter Darren Klemm. Mr Klemm is currently assistant commissioner at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan made the announcement this afternoon ahead of the retirement of Wayne Gregson, WA’s first Fire Commissioner who transitioned DFES from the Fire and Emergency Services…