The West Australian: Bush Legends – Meet Shirley Morris-Knowles, the woman who blazed a trail for female frontline fireys

As a woman in what was very much claimed as a man’s domain, Shirley Morris-Knowles was often fighting fires on more fronts than the flames in front of her. “We went to a couple of [...]

Bushfire Volunteers highlights the role of change and innovation at Volunteering WA conference

The Volunteering WA State Conference is the primary forum in WA where leaders and practitioners come together to build knowledge, leadership and best practice in the volunteering sector. The 2021 conference theme of ‘Diversity, Power [...]

Countryman: ‘Frustration and confusion’ as volunteer firefighters added to WA’s mandatory vaccination list

Stirling Range bushfire. Credit: Countryman Frustration and confusion has erupted among the State’s 20,000 bushfire volunteers after the State Government backflipped on vaccination mandates for the sector this week. Some are threatening to [...]

State (kind of) mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for emergency service volunteers

Let's be very clear upfront - the Bushfire Volunteers association supports vaccination and encourages everyone who can get vaccinated to do so. However, State Government messaging around its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine regime has cause more [...]

SW Times: DFES vaccination policy could see volunteer fireys sent home when fires escalates to a Level 3 blaze

A new mandatory vaccination policy introduced to protect frontline firefighters against COVID-19 could force unvaccinated volunteers to either mask-up during a bushfire or leave the fire ground. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services announced [...]

ABC Country Hour interview with Worksafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh regarding WHS laws

ABC Country Hour presenter Jessica Hayes interviewed Worksafe Commmissioner Darren Kavanagh about growing concerns that the State's Work Health and Safety Act will have devastating, unforeseen impacts on our volunteer bush fire brigade and farmer [...]

Peak body gives in principle support for DFES Infection Protection Policy but reiterates need for flexibility to meet local challenges

Key Points The peak body for WA’s 20,000+ local government bush fire volunteers gives in principle support for what is currently known about DFES Infection Protection Policy. Bushfire Volunteers urges DFES to ensure final policy [...]

WA Gov’t: Record number of emergency service fuel cards help power volunteering efforts

870 volunteer groups across Western Australia to benefit from $1000 fuel cards Fuel cards will be distributed from this week A record number of emergency service volunteer brigades, groups and units will be rewarded for [...]


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