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…

QoN: Fire Hazard Prosecutions

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) During 2014/2015 how many prosecutions were brought by Local Government Authorities in Western Australia against landowners who failed to comply with…

QwN: Are you ready campaign

The following Question without Notice was asked by Member for Vasse Libby Mettam and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Ms L. METTAM to the Minister for Emergency Services: I note that over the weekend the minister launched the “Are You Bushfire Ready?” campaign. Can he please tell the house…

QoN: Sirenco

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Member for Cockburn Fran Logan and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Mr F. Logan to the Minister for Emergency Services: Minister, I draw your attention to the way in which a local siren and hazard system supplier SIRENCO has been treated…

Our bushfire luck is running out

WA fire crews are bracing for a once-in-a-century catastrophe this summer, akin to Victoria’s Black Saturday. And as authorities declared WA’s luck could run out, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services survey showed an alarming number of West Australians were underprepared for the upcoming fire season and were failing to follow the most basic…

Firefighters return from tough US deployment

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister, Hon Joe Francis and Environment Minister, Hon Albert Jacob this week. ​Contingent included experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Nine Western Australian firefighters returned home today after five weeks helping crews battle bushfires burning across the north-west of the United…

Update on VAC/Prescribed Association

Stakeholders know that the Association has reported the changed position of the DOAC-elected VAC nominees to Emergency Service Minister Hon Joe Francis and has been working constructively to create a Bush Fire Service Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) as soon as possible. We’ve been in contact with the Minister’s office very regularly offering any assistance we…

QwN: Presumptive laws for volunteers

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s predecessor’s commitment that presumptive cancer firefighter laws would apply to both career and volunteer firefighters. (1) Is…

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…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…