QoN: Fire Hazard Prosecutions

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) During 2014/2015 how many prosecutions were brought by Local Government Authorities in Western Australia against landowners who failed to comply with…

QwN: Presumptive laws for volunteers

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Girrawheen Margaret Quirk and answered by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis in Parliament yesterday: Ms M. QUIRK to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s predecessor’s commitment that presumptive cancer firefighter laws would apply to both career and volunteer firefighters. (1) Is…

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…