Hon Colin De Grussa MLC

QWN: Hon Colin De Grussa to Emergency Services Minister re Legislation review

* UPDATE: Since this post was published, we’ve had great news confirming that Minister Logan will undertake significant public consultation process before introducing any proposed legislative changes to Parliament. Thank you for listening Minister. Please find below a Question Without Notice asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered today by the Hon Stephen…

2019 Resilient Australia WA award winners

WA Gov’t: Communities that ‘survived and thrived’ in the face of disaster recognised

2019 Resilient Australia WA award winners announced State-wide efforts at improving resilience during natural disasters and emergencies recognised The ability of communities to stay strong and bounce back after adversity has been celebrated at an awards ceremony held at The Westin in Perth. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan presented the 2019 Resilient Australia WA Awards…

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…

QLD Country Life: Rural fire and SES volunteers face uncertainty

For member’s interest, below is an article published by Queensland Country Life about some concerning recent actions taken by the Queensland government regarding the structure of their volunteer emergency services. A proposed restructure of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has ignited a political firestorm and left rural fire brigades scratching their heads. From April…

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

AVBFB Vice President Phil Penny recognised as Citizen of the Year

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.…

Member for North West Central Vince Catania 2017-

QwN: Vince Catania MLA to Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan re: SES Volunteer Association consultation

For member’s interest, the following question without notice was asked by the Member for North West Central Vince Catania MLA and answered today by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA: DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES — STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE FORUM Mr V. CATANIA to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the…

QwN: Mia Davies to Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan re access to volunteers

The following Question Without Notice was asked by Mia Davies, Leader of the Nationals WA and answered by Hon Fran Logan, Emergency Services Minister today in the Legislative Assembly. We sometimes edit out the irrelevant interactions we record but on this occasion, have provided the full transcript so members can see just how much passion…

Nationals WA: Labor Bans Nationals Meeting with Emergency Volunteers

The Nationals WA have expressed concern after the Minister for Emergency Services barred visiting MPs from meeting with local emergency services volunteers in the Pilbara this week. Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Colin de Grussa MLC, said barring elected Members of Parliament from speaking with local volunteers was a gross overreach by the McGowan Government. “It’s…

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…

ABC: Tathra bushfire: Inquiry finds ‘palpable animosity’ between NSW firefighting agencies

Four months since bushfires ripped through Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast, an independent review has found “palpable animosity” between the state’s firefighting organisations and called for urgent reform. The inquiry observed that friction between members of Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) meant “the common enemy of…

Bakers Hill Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade share knowledge with Wundowie VFRS

While there’s no shortage of differences in the cultures of the Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Service (White or Gold trucks) and DFES-controlled Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (Red trucks), the fact is Western Australia is extremely lucky to have a network of highly skilled, dedicated and professional volunteers with different areas of specialist knowledge.…

WA Gov’t: Minister opens new $1.2m SES purpose-built facility in Newman

$1.2m new facility includes a dedicated administration area, training space, operations facilities and storage Facility can operate as a level 3 incident control centre Newman SES unit collaborated with local government and DFES on planning, design and furnishing of new facility The members of Newman’s State Emergency Service unit officially have a new home with…