ABC: Bushfires: Government dismisses Greens’ call for national remote crew to help states in fire season

With bushfires already blazing around Australia, there are calls for a more uniform national approach to help states and territories fight each other’s fires. Key points: “1,000-year-old trees are gone,” says nature photographer who documented blaze in Tasmania Greens established enate inquiry to examine what could have been done better Government does not believe looking…

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…

CFA split ‘fight’s not over yet’, Daniel Andrews warned

VOLUNTEERS have warned the “fight’s not over yet” in their battle to block Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ bid to split the Country Fire Authority. The warning follows the Premier’s announcement last Friday that his Government would submit legislation to Parliament stripping paid firefighters from the CFA’s 35 integrated stations and merging them with Melbourne’s metropolitan…

Victorian Fire Service Restructure Update

From our colleagues at Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria… NOTE TO MEMBERS – 21 May 2017                                               VICTORIAN FIRE SERVICES RESTRUCTURE On Friday this week, the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister James Merlino announced splitting the CFA, separating paid operational employees and volunteers into different organisations though major structural reform of Victoria’s Fire Services. This note outlines…

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Deep tensions within the ACT’s emergency services leadership saw the territory’s fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency. ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain lodged a bullying complaint against his own boss, Emergency Services Commissioner Dominic Lane, in the middle of this year. The…

What a jolly fool!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has dismissed public comments attributed to United Firefighters Union WA secretary Kevin Jolly in this news article yesterday as unnecessary, unhelpful and foolish. Reluctant to give the daft comments any more publicity, AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said Mr Jolly’s suggestion that DFES should create safety policies that apply…

Fines for false fire calls

West Australians who repeatedly trigger false fire alarms will be fined $750 from next year after frustrated firefighters needlessly raced to more than 10,700 fake emergencies last financial year. WA is the only State not to issue fines for repeated false alarms, which the Department of Fire and Emergency Services spent more than $8 million…

New trauma program for firefighting recruits aims to boost coping skills

A new program designed to help firefighting recruits cope with stress and anxiety after experiencing traumatic events in Western Australia could soon also be extended to their families. The resilience-building program is designed to lower post-traumatic stress symptoms in Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recruits who have confronted bushfires and road accidents. Curtin…