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Attack on VFRS Members by AVBFB

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Attack on VFRS Members by AVBFB

This Association is astonished at the attack made on both it and its members in the Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades (AVBFB) newsletter published on Friday 7th October.

The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA) is the peak body representing WA’s 2,700+ Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) members – serving their communities in 100 locations across the length and breadth of the State. 97% of these Brigades are members of our Association and pay an annual affiliation fee.

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Presumptive Legislation

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The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA) is the peak body representing WA’s 2,400+ Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) members – serving their communities in 104 locations across the length and breadth of the State.

The Association has been in discussions with the current government regarding presumptive legislation for volunteer fire and rescue service members who contract one of the 12 prescribed types of cancer since 2011 and we have been working with both DFES and the government since the announcement of the proposed legislation by the then Minister for Emergency Services, the Honourable Troy Buswell in October 2012.

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Response to Article West Australian

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The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA) is the peak body representing WA’s 2,400+ Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) members – serving their communities in more than 100 locations across the length and breadth of the State.

Members of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service do not only respond to landscape fires (or bushfires as they are more commonly known), but also turn out to road crash rescue, structure fires (houses and caravans), car fires and direct to brigade alarms (hospitals, aged care facilities etc) at all hours of the day; and they often train on a weekly basis to ensure their skills remain current.

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Euan Ferguson Response to AVBFB Submission

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Dear Mr Ferguson

Re: Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry Submission

We refer to the submission made by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of Western Australia (inc) to the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, dated 13th March 2016.

In the covering letter, Acting President Dave Gossage states “We as a collective group of associations expressed our concerns via a joint associations statement issued on the 21 January 2016.”

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Submission to Waroona Fire Inquiry – March 2016

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Waroona Fire Enquiry - March 2016

Forward

The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA, or ‘Association’) was formed in April 1898 to provide a single voice on behalf of the State’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) Brigades and volunteers. The Association currently represents 97 Brigades involving more than 2500 VFRS Volunteers.

To achieve effective representation, the Association has designed and managed a hierarchy that stipulates 2 representatives from each of 7 Zones across the State; meeting at least 4 times per year. Leadership is from an elected President (Paul du Boulay from Northam VFRS), and 2 Vice Presidents. An Executive Officer and Office Administrator are paid employees providing extra representation and support on a number of fronts enabling the Association to provide a broad based grass roots support.

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WAVFRSA Not in Favour of Rural Fire Service

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The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA) is the peak body representing WA’s 2,400+ Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) members – serving their communities in 104 locations across the length and breadth of the State.

Our members are becoming increasingly frustrated at the unsubstantiated claims and myths being perpetuated by some spokespeople from the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB), in their ongoing and self-serving attacks on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the Fire and Rescue Service and its members. It should be noted that our members were amongst the first Brigades to respond to the recent Waroona/Yarloop fires, almost 40 VFRS Brigades were involved during the incident; and there has been little coverage acknowledging their efforts from the media. This has been the case at every major fire in Western Australia so far this century where VFRS brigades have provided a significant firefighting service and undertaken a major role.

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Government’s Response to Ferguson Report

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Government’s Response to Ferguson Report

The Western Australian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association (WAVFRSA) is the peak body representing WA’s 2,700+ Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) members – serving their communities in 100 locations across the length and breadth of the State.

This Association reiterates its position that the creation of a fully independent Rural Fire Service (RFS) would be a short sighted and financially irresponsible decision that would not serve the communities of Western Australia any better than the current arrangements. A totally independent RFS would limit the opportunity for multiagency co-operability and raise impediments for our members to undertake their roles.

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