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…

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…

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…

Government review of Fire and Emergency Management DFES General Circular No: 91/2017

After seeking permission from FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson, we have published the text of a DFES circular below dated 4 August because we believe it is relevant to our Members and other stakeholders. The AVBFB is very appreciative of the care and attention Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and his McGowan Government colleagues are…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…