AG Report: Ministerial decision not to provide locations identified as the next priority for a Volunteer or a Career Fire and Rescue Station

The following opinion and response was published last week by the Western Australian Auditor General in relation to a decision by Fire and Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA to not provide Parliament with information about locations identified as the next priority for a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station or Career Fire and Rescue…

United Firefighters Union QLD weigh into “My Health”

In a direct communique to Members of the Queensland United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week, General Secretary John Oliver explained his personal decision to boycott the scheme. Although starting his message encouraging every member to make their own decision, Mr Oliver’s explanation about why he has chosen to opt out paints a fairly concerning picture.…

Kalamunda VBFB illustrate the value of urban fringe bushfire experts

It seems that since the government created a Rural Fire Division that has no particular relationship with rural Western Australia, we have received a fair number of requests from media and Members of Parliament to explain the various services that currently combine to provide the incredible emergency service coverage we enjoy. Some of those asking…

QWN: Robyn Clarke to Minster Fran Logan re DFES Rural Fire Division

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice (QWN) was asked in Parliament on Wednesday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. AVBFB Note: As can be seen in this and other articles, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is openly grateful to Minister…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

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…

Two Rocks John Quigley Facebook 13-03-2018

Attorney General John Quigley wants you (well, Two Rocks VBFB does actually!)

A Brigade to do a lot worse than have the State’s Attorney General helping you attract new volunteers! The sad fact is due to many reasons, voluntarism is generally in decline in Australia and for some of our invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, numbers have fallen to a concerning level. We keep hearing from Parliament…

Community action key to improving State’s resilience, report finds

  Emergency Preparedness Report concludes greater community preparation needed to build State’s resilience to emergencies Report is a State-wide assessment of Western Australia’s preparedness for emergencies 2017 report most comprehensive to date with 350 per cent increase in data collected compared to 2016 Government agencies actively preparing for emergencies The sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Report has found…

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…