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…

New Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner announced

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm to be new Commissioner Mr Klemm has spent 27 years in fire and emergency services Western Australian firefighting career started at Perth Fire Station Extensive operational experience across major fire and emergency service events The State Government has appointed DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm…

Former Minister talks to TripleM South West about Commissioner’s comments

Here is the audio of an interview that aired this morning on TripleM South West’s “Blackers in the morning” show today with former Barnett Government Minister and Member for Murray-Wellington, Murray Cowper speaking about Commissioner Wayne Gregson’s comments as reported in his opening address to the WAFES 2017 Volunteer Conference on Saturday about the Ferguson…