Survival Story

Below is a short story that appeared on the Channel Nine News on Thursday 23 April regarding the terrible accident that befell Mt Helena Volunteer Bush Fire Fighter Steve Hart. Assisted by his mate and fellow firefighter Mick Fitpatrick, Steve tells Nine report Ben Hennessy that he owes his life to the correct use of…

SA: Emergency Services volunteers say they have ‘lost all confidence’ in Tony Piccolo

STATE emergency services volunteers have “lost complete confidence” in embattled Minister Tony Piccolo over his controversial emergency services reforms. SES volunteers association chair Warren Hicks sent a letter to the embattled minister and Premier Jay Weatherill, which stated concerns about the constantly changing purpose and scope of the reforms. “The association has also lost complete…

Nominations are Now Open for the 2015 Firefighting Awards

If you know of an outstanding individual, brigade, unit or group whose contribution deserves recognition, please take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts by nominating them to receive an award. Further information about the awards, including categories and nomination form can be found at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards The closing date for all nominations is 5pm on Friday…

First Aid Training

The strategy for the provision of First Aid training to all staff and volunteers was approved by Operations Command in the middle of 2014. The strategy proposes that the delivery of First Aid training be outsourced however it should also include the flexibility for some components to be delivered internally if the expertise exists. Professional…

Pathways Project Update

Volunteer Pathways VFF 1 declarations closed 31 March 2015 SES 1 declarations deadline has been extended until 30 April 2015 Implementation of VFF 2 – 6 is anticipated to commence late April. These Pathways will be implemented by service to each DFES region in the following order: 1. Volunteer Fire Rescue Services 2. Volunteer Fire…