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Operational Fleet Project – Inaugural Update

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The new Operational Fleet Project has released its first update on their progress to date.

As you can see, it is relatively early in the process but with a renewed operational focus and a purpose specific project team, we are expecting a much better outcome than the previous fleet project.

It should be noted that much of the initial Association consultation has been focused on governance of the project and that individual Project Teams will be created as required with regards to the operational component of the fleet.  We will be seeking expressions of interest from our members as and when these teams are being formed.

Chief Superintendent Delavale is happy to receive any suggestions or information you feel may be of benefit, however please be aware that his available time may be limited due to the scope of the project.  If you wish to contact the project team, you can do so at operationalfleetproject@dfes.wa.gov.au

If you have any queries with regards to the contents of the update, please do not hesitate to contact the Association office.


Update on Group Call Replacement

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Brigades would have received Operational Circular 71-2018 – Group Call Replacement Project, Outcomes of Launch Rollback – via email from the Association office on Friday 5th October (as part of the DFES Circulars issued 21/09 to 05/10).

Captains/Secretaries should make Brigade members aware of the new number that will appear (08 6173-7200) on their phones.  In addition, each Brigade has been assigned a new “Alert Number” to allow them to initial group calls themselves.  This is available from the Association office.

If your Brigade initiates Group Calls for your members, please contact Executive Officer Jodie Neuzerling via email executive@frsvols.asn.au and this will be provided to you.  Note, the number will not be provided to personal or work email addresses and will only be provided to the Brigade’s official email address.

If you have any queries, please contact Jodie.

Grants Available – Targeted Participation Program

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Applications are now open for Targeted Participation Program funding, aimed at delivering positive physical and mental health benefits to people across WA.  The Program is a partnership between Healthway and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Individual project grants of up to $50,000 are now available and the Association is happy to apply on behalf of member Brigades if they have projects they believe fall into the categories of the grants.  Note:  if your Brigade has an ABN then you can apply for the grants yourselves.

More information can be found at www.dsr.wa.gov.au/tpp and applications close 31st October.

2018 VFRSAWA DFES Annual State Junior Championships

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A reminder to all Junior Brigades that the 2018 VFRSAWA DFES Annual State Junior Championships will be held at Gil Frazer Reserve (Cnr John and Johanna Streets, North Fremantle) on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

Nomination forms have been emailed to Brigades, but if you have not received them, please contact Kaitlyn at the Association office via email admin@frsvols.asn.au

Call for Interested Parties!

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The Association is always looking for interested members of the VFRS who are happy to be contacted for opinions / feedback on particular issues (such as training, PPC, PPE or appliances – just to name a few).  If you or one of your members is interested in being part of this, please have them contact EO Jodie Neuzerling at executive@frsvols.asn.au.

Association Youth Committee

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The next meeting of the VFRSAWA Arc Infrastructure Youth Committee will be held on Saturday 27th October at the Association offices.

If you have any issues or items you would like to raise, please contact your Youth Representative or Kaitlyn at the Association office.

Association Executive Committee Meeting

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The next meeting of the Association Executive will be held on Saturday 10th November – if you have any issues you would like raised, please contact your Zone representatives.

Midwest Gascoigne Leaders Forum

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DFES will be holding their bi-annual Midwest Gascoigne Leaders Forum this weekend at the Geraldton office.  Executive Officer Jodie Neuzerling will be attending on Saturday afternoon and is looking forward to meeting the leaders of the VFRS Brigades located within that vast Region.  If you or your Brigade has anything you would like to raise with her, please make sure you catch up with her.

South West Zone Meeting

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The VFRSAWA South West Zone will be holding their AGM at Boyup Brook VFRS station on Sunday 14th October, commencing at 1000 hours.  Assistant Commissioner Paul Ryan (FES Academy) will also be in attendance to discuss training issues with those in attendance.  If you have any queries, please contact Zone Secretary Tony Dodd (tony.dodd@frsvols.asn.au).

Junior Demo Dates

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A number of Brigades have contacted the Association office seeking dates for Junior Demonstrations – with the South West Zone meeting this Sunday, we expect a number of dates to be advised.

However, Harvey VFRS will be holding a Junior demo on Sunday 21st October, commencing at 0900 hours (for an 0930 hours start).  Can Brigades please advise the Brigade if they will be attending (harveyvfrs@bigpond.com) – if you have any queries, please email the Brigade or contact Tim Egerton-Green.