Amanda Williamson, who resigned from DFES, in her army uniform

The West: Split after firey falls on sword

The article below appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper: The departure of WA’s first female Fire and Emergency Services superintendent has split volunteer groups, with one claiming she was not supported by management and another arguing male dominance was a fact of life at the agency. The Weekend West revealed reservist Army Lt-Col. Amanda Williamson had…

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm with Amanda Williamson at the SWORD launch in November.

The West: Resignation of female chief sparks investigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is deeply concerned by allegations made in the article that appeared on the front page of today’s West Australian newspaper regarding former DFES Superintendent Ms Amanda Williamson. Gender is not an indication of capability and therefore discrimination based on sex is both abhorrent and foolish, particularly in…

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…