Presumptive Legislation introduced into Parliament

It has been a long time coming since its initial announcement but this week the government put its ‘presumptive legislation’ before Parliament. The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Jo Francis MLA, introduced the ‘Firefighters and Emergency Volunteers Legislation Amendment (Compensation) Bill 2016’ into the Parliament. The Association welcomes the Bill as we have been a…

City of Busselton begin burn offs

Prescribed burns are taking place throughout the region with the first one occurring at Meelup Park with the assistance of 36 volunteers. The burn was part of the City of Busselton’s fire management plan and was overseen by the city’s community emergency services manager Tim Wall. Mr Wall said the area of Meelup Park needed careful maintenance as it was an…

Country MP warns against blanket transitioning of WA Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to DFES control

A Western Australian country MP has warned against a statewide transition of control of volunteer bushfire brigades to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). WA is the only state where local government manage volunteer bushfire brigades and the Fire Commissioner has recently recommended DFES become the central controlling agency. Member for Moore Shane…