It was a really fun and instructive BA Refresher Drill run on the the night in Dongara with AO Nathan Boothman (assisted by Geraldton Career Firefighter Jason Merritt). Bryce Nicol from Kalbarri VFRS was in town and joined us. Extra time and tips were spent on ECO training – helping some expired BA wearers tune in to that role.
Lloyd Bailey is an outstanding man who made a significant contribution to the safety of our State – particularly with his involvement in the creation of WA’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).
Congratulations on your career and thank you for more than 44 years serving the WA community. Thanks also to Lloyd’s wife Karen Bailey, daughter Kerry Bailey and son Michael Bailey for sharing him with us. Enjoy your retirement!
Congratulations to former Association President Francis Burgoyne on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mr Burgoyne joined the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire Brigade, now the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (BJVFRS), in1977. Since that time he has championed the volunteering cause in the fire and rescue services and is greatly respected by his peers locally and throughout the State.
As well as being an active firefighter for 39 years he has also served as Captain of the Brunswick Junction VFRS from 1998-2002 and again since 2012. In addition to the Captaincy he has held many positions within the brigade including as Lieutenant, Apparatus Officer and Coach of the junior and senior competition teams. From 2005-2009 he served as President of the WAVFRS Association.
As South West Zone Representative for the WAVFRS Association he worked collaboratively with the 20 Brigades in the zone to bring about local change to fire service operations and to raise operational and administrative issues with the State VFRS Association.
After a year as a Representative he was elected as President of the Association and during his tenure he provided input to all operational, funding and administrative policy development with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. He also served from 2001-2009 as Chairman of the Shire of Harvey Council Bushfire Advisory Committee.
In 2016 under his leadership the Brunswick Junction VFRS battled a number of large bushfires within a six week period including the devastating fire that impacted Harvey and raged through the town of Yarloop. He has also focussed on recruitment and development of volunteers in the Brigade and this is reflected in the positive effect on volunteer recruitment.
He has overseen the development of training opportunities giving younger members the chance to increase their skillset. He also uses his role as Captain to guide local emergency preparedness through continued community engagement.
Mr Burgoyne embodies the spirit of volunteerism and VFRS in Western Australia.
FESCommissioner Darren Klemm AFSM launched the DFES Statement of Strategic Intent2018-2020 (SSI) on Monday 10th December. You can find a copyof the SSI at the following at this link
Should you wish to obtain a printed copy, please contact the Association office and we will send one out to you.
FES Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM announced the pending retirement of Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey AFSM in February 2019. DC Bailey has been involved in the Fire and Rescue Service for over 40 years – starting as a volunteer with Armadale.
He has been a strong advocate for our volunteers and the Service and will be deeply missed when he leaves.
Formalnotices and farewells are planned and you will be kept up to date with these asmuch as possible.We will be puttingtogether a thank you and good luck folio, so if you would like to havesomething included from either yourself or your Brigade, please send it toKaitlyn at the Association office
The 2018 State Junior Championships were held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at Gil Frazer Reserve, North Fremantle. The Championships were attended by trams from 12 Brigades, with 22 teams of Sub-Juniors (11 to 13) and 17 teams of Juniors (14 to 16) – including 2 Junior teams from Corio in Victoria.
They were opened by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Honourable Fran Logan MLA, and we thank him for his continued support of our Championships, our volunteers and the Association.
Harvey 1 were crowned overall Champion Brigade (they also took out the Sub-Junior Champion Brigade from Brunswick Junction 1 and Kambalda 2) and Esperance 1 had a close fought battle with Harvey 1 and North Kalgoorlie to win the Junior Champion Brigade. Champion Sub-Junior Firefighter was won by Harley Cullen from Coolgardie 1, whilst we had another tie in the Junior Champion Firefighter between Bodhi Miller of Geraldton 1 and Aden Close from Esperance 1.
It was another great weekend and the competition was fierce but good natured. Thanks to all the competitors, coaches, parents and spectators for a great weekend.
A reminder to everybody that the 2019 State Open Championships will be hosted by Esperance VFRS on the Labour Day long weekend (2nd and 3rd March). Nomination forms will be sent out in mid-January and we encourage all competition teams to make the trip.
Further details will be provided with the nomination forms.
DFES and WA Police joined forces to launch Strike force Vulcan – the arson investigation team – for the 2018/19 bush fire season.
Nearly 40% of all bushfires last season were deemed deliberate or suspicious. Reckless fire lighting can destroy homes, livelihoods, animal’s habitats and endanger lives.
Strikeforce Vulcan is a joint taskforce that investigates arson – we rely on the community to help identify and report bushfire arsonists.
Report suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
DFES recently announced that the next recruitment campaign for those wishing to embark on a career with the Career Fire and Rescue Service will open on Tuesday 8th January 2019 and will run until Tuesday 22nd January 2019.
Ifyou’ve always dreamed of being a career firefighter, get working on yourfitness over summer and take a look at the resources available on the DFESwebsite
Shouldyou have any queries that can’t be answered via this page and its associatedattachments, please send them to the Association and we will get the answers onyour behalf – or put you in touch with somebody at DFES who can assist.