The West: Union fights DFES over its top job selection

The United Firefighters Union has taken industrial action to stop the Department of Fire and Emergency Services appointing non-firefighters to leadership positions without the union’s approval. UFU State secretary Lea Anderson declared yesterday that DFES had no right to “parachute in” unqualified appointees to “play dress-ups in our uniform”. The UFU’s influence at the multi-hazard…

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…

Fines for false fire calls

West Australians who repeatedly trigger false fire alarms will be fined $750 from next year after frustrated firefighters needlessly raced to more than 10,700 fake emergencies last financial year. WA is the only State not to issue fines for repeated false alarms, which the Department of Fire and Emergency Services spent more than $8 million…