Association Committee meeting in Kalamunda

The Association’s President, Ross Fenwick, chaired the second Association Committee meeting of the year held at the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s Station on 31st October. It was Ross’ first full meeting as the Chairman and also the first for time for others in new roles and new to the Committee including the new Secretary, John Mangini, new Committee members Joanne…

Association and Chief Superintendents in new consultation forum

The Association was pleased to accept an invitation from the DFES Commissioner, Wayne Gregson, to form a new consultative forum with the Chief Superintendents. The forum provides another consultation mechanism for volunteers’ issues and ideas to be given sound consideration in a co-operative grouping. The forum will involve regular meetings between DFES Operations Chief Superintendents…

Australia Facing Volunteer ‘Paradox’

Australia is facing a volunteer crisis with the elderly volunteers that provide care and support to vulnerable people in rural communities facing burnout, according to an international expert. Director of the Trent Center for Ageing and Society in Canada, Professor Mark Skinner, said a “paradox” was emerging for Australia’s ageing rural communities. Professor Skinner is…

Victorian volunteer firefighters call for equal treatment under cancer compensation laws

Newly drafted laws will offer easier access to cancer compensation for Victorian firefighters, but Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers have called for the eligibility rules to be revised. The laws have been designed to improve access to compensation for sick firefighters, but they have been criticised for the limited protection offered to 40,000 local CFA…