The West regional: DFES oversight sought

Recommendations for changes to the distribution of funds for emergency services are not supported by Capes volunteer firefighters, who say the Department of Fire and Emergency Services should maintain oversight of the fund. Last week the Economic Regulation Authority presented its final report on the Emergency Services Levy, which recommended an independent organisation be established…

Bushfire-prone local governments fail to submit life-saving hazard management plans

  Up to 60 bushfire-prone local governments in south-west WA have not submitted potentially life-saving hazard management plans required under Statewide protocols, a parliamentary committee was told yesterday. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm warned of the inevitability of bushfires this summer and implored householders to prepare. Mr Klemm and Office of Bushfire Risk…