WA Emergency Services Minister open minded on proposal for DFES to control volunteer bushfire crews

Western Australia’s Minister for Emergency Services says an inquiry into the deadly Yarloop-Waroona fire in the south-west needs to consider how the Government can support the state’s volunteer bushfire brigades. Joe Francis said while some local governments did a good job supporting their local volunteer brigade, others dropped the ball and were appalling. The comment comes…

Premier Barnett agrees with Association

The Association is pleased to note that Premier Colin Barnett agrees with our view that there are problems in the working relationships between volunteers and career emergency service officials that need attention. One of the persistent themes coming from volunteers in recent years has been around problems in their relationships with career personnel, both during…