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Association Executive Elections – 2018 to 2020

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Brigades have been advised via email that nominations for Association Executive positions (one per Zone) are now open; until 1600 hours, Friday 29th June 2018.

 

Those Executive members whose positions will be declared vacant are:

 

Central Wheatbelt Zone                    Stephen King                  Merredin

Goldfields Zone                                   Shane Munro                 Coolgardie

Great Southern Zone                         Wesley Beck                    Mount Barker (not running)

Metropolitan Zone                             Andrew Munro               Rockingham

North West Zone                                Chris O’Connell              Tom Price

Northern Zone                                    Stephen Manning          Cue

South West Zone                                Robert Papalia AFSM

Busselton

Nomination forms have been emailed to Brigades, however, should you wish to have your Brigade nominate you for any of the above positions, please contact the Association office and one will be emailed to you.

 

If you have any queries with regards to the elections process, please contact Executive Officer Jodie Neuzerling via email executive@frsvols.asn.au

President Paul du Boulay and Executive Officer Jodie Neuzerling meet with Minister Logan

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Representatives of the VFRSA attended their regular bi-monthly meeting with Minister Logan and Principle Policy Advisory Mia Onorato-Sartari on Thursday 17th May at Parliament House.  This meeting allows the Association and Minister Logan to discuss issues affecting the VFRS membership and any other matters pertaining to the Service.

Items on the agenda for this meeting included:

  • Rural Fire Division announcement and continuing roadshows
  • Location of the proposed Bushfire Centre of Excellence (still undecided although each Local Government he has visited as part of the RFD roadshow has put their hands up to host it)
  • Ministerial Volunteer Advisory Group
  • VFRS Youth Committee
  • Recent Budget announcements that provide some certainty for major capital works, including the ongoing $2m fund for new station builds / major improvements to existing stations and the $8m announced for new stations at Gingin, Margaret River, Northampton and Halls Creek (VFES) stations

The Association continues to have a constructive and positive relationship with the Minister and his staff and that can only be to the benefit of the VFRSA and its members.

Aqueous Film Forming Foams Health Concern

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The Association is working with DFES with regards to the safety of our members and possible contamination of station sites.  A working group has been set up and Executive Member Tony Dodd is our representative on the group.  They are due to meet again shortly and we will provide an update to our membership as soon as we can.

If you have any concerns, please contact Executive Officer Jodie Neuzerling – executive@frsvols.asn.au.

2018 Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference

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The 2018 Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference will this year be held in Perth on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This will be in lieu of the WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference. DFES have negotiated with AFAC to allow a number of volunteers to attend the Conference at a negotiated discounted rate.We are now seeking expressions of interest for one nominee from each VFRS Brigade who wishes to attend the AFAC Conference on behalf of their Brigade – attendance at the Association AGM also makes up part of the Conference (likely to be held on Thursday 6th September at the completion of the day’s sessions).

Light refreshments will also be supplied by the Association at the completion of the AGM. AFAC18 – Conference Program Brigade Captains / Secretaries – please discuss at your monthly meetings and advise the Association of your proposed candidate via the attached spreadsheet – DFES will be completing the registrations for you.Initial expressions of interest will be open until 24th May – with final nominations due by 31st May.

There will be no extensions past this date.

Great News for VFRS and others from State Budget

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Great news for the VFRS in yesterday’s State Budget, with the Government announcing $8 million to replace ageing volunteer fire stations in regional locations such as Gingin, Margaret River, Northampton and Halls Creek (VFES, but great news all the same); as well as the already announced $80 million for the Rural Fire Division.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Premier, Treasurer Ben Wyatt and especially our Minister for Emergency Services, the Honourable Fran Logan MLA, for acknowledging the need to replace some of our less than optimum fire stations.

Full budget details can be found here:

State Budget

VFRSAWA, UFU & Vintage Fleet Standing Proud in Respect

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President Paul du Boulay with retired Executive Officer Max Osborn AFSM (he’s joined some of his contemporaries at the DFES Vintage Fleet group), Kevin Jolly AFSM (President of the UFU of WA) and Russell Gairns (Vintage Fleet group) at today’s Firefighter Memorial Service. A lovely day remembering those who paid the ultimate price serving their communities

VFRS Members Pay Their Respects

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On Sunday the 5th May members from brigades across the state met with other firefighters, volunteer and career to pay their respects at the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove, Kings Park Perth.

Jodie Neuzerling, the Executive Officer of VFRSWA commented on facebook,

“One of my favourite places – very calm and the sun came out at exactly the right time. Remembering and honouring those who have gone before us.”

Establishment of the memorial

Career and volunteer firefighters have contributed to the protection and safety of the Western Australian (WA) community for over 115 years.

As the community of WA has prospered and developed, the need for fire and emergency services has grown not only in the Perth metropolitan area but in all regions across the state.

On 23 July 2000, the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park was unveiled to celebrate the centenary of fire services in WA and honour the contribution of career and volunteer firefighters in protecting our State.

Occupying a prestigious area of Kings Park on Forrest Drive, the memorial included a granite arc representing the base of a burnt out tree and a ten tonne rock symbolising a flame, which reflects the impact and role of fire.

Revitalisation of the memorial

On 10 May 2013, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) held an inaugural memorial service to mark International Firefighter’s Day – a day to thank all firefighters for their extraordinary commitment, exceptional courage and selfless community service. The day was also to remember and honour firefighters who have died during the course of duty.

At this event, the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM reflected on the strong collegiate bonds between all firefighters and voiced his desire to enrich the memorial with the addition of a firefighter statue.

Given the contribution of firefighters, both past and present, and those who have passed, the addition of a firefighter statue was considered to be a fitting tribute and a poignant mark of respect to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their own lives for the WA community.

Many others shared this vision and with the support of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the United Firefighters’ Union, the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, a fitting enhancement to the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove has been achieved.

The memorial now includes an impressive life size bronze casting of two firefighters, a low granite wall containing a commemorative script and a landscaped pathway, which combines to create a connection between the existing and new elements within the Grove.

In revitalising this special place within Kings Park, a design team worked closely with the artist Jon Tarry and landscape architect David Smith, who expertly guided the design process, uniquely melding the elements of loss and vigilance, to produce a stunning addition to this, the most important of places.

Statues unveiled

On International Firefighters Day, 4 May 2014, the firefighter statues were unveiled by the Premier of Western Australia the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, the Minister for Emergency Services the Honourable Joe Francis MLA and the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM.

The statues show a firefighter kneeling on the ground, holding the helmet of a fallen firefighter. His head is bowed in mourning with the hand of his firefighting companion placed on his shoulder symbolising comfort, support and an unspoken understanding.

Whilst providing this support, the firefighter continues to look out to the fire front, weary but accepting and ready for what may yet confront them.

The purpose of the two statues is not only to recognise the contribution of all firefighters both past and present, but also to display the deep respect and gratitude that the community holds for them.

The statues also represent the respect and admiration that firefighters hold for each other, specifically the support that they provide each other while facing some of the most challenging and hazardous environments.

May the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove become a place of contemplation, a place to reflect on cherished memories and a place that celebrates the ongoing dedication of our valued firefighters now and into the future.