The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General The Association representing 77% of WA’s emergency service personnel has welcomed today’s report from the Auditor General into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) Support and Preparedness of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers. AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said that on first…

‘Are You Ready’ funding to Western Australia for bushfire prevention projects

Below is an unedited media statement recently published by the acting Emergency Services Minister, Hon Liza Harvey ​Grants to help communities become bushfire ready Commonwealth Justice Minister Michael Keenan has announced $904,000 in funding over three years to help reduce the bushfire risk in Western Australia, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire Mitigation Program.…