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Commissioner Launches the DFES Statement of Strategic Intent

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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.

Retirement of Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey AFSM

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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

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2018 State Junior Championships

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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.

2019 State Open Championships

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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.

2018/19 Arson Taskforce Launched

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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.

Are You Ready to Join the Career Fire and Rescue Service?

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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.

Office Closure

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The Association office will close at noon on Friday 21st December 2018. Kaitlyn will return to the office on Tuesday 15th January and Jodie will be back on deck on Thursday 24th January. However, should you have an urgent issue arise during that period, Jodie will be available on her mobile (0427-800-038) or you can email the office and she will get back to you.

On behalf of Association President Paul du Boulay, Association Executive, Kaitlyn and Jodie, we wish you all the very best for Christmas and New Year – here’s hoping the fire season is short and mild (or non-existent, wouldn’t that be something?)

Congratulations to Peter McIndoe for his VERA

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Peter McIndoe from Jurien Bay (current Lieut & ex Captain) his business Jurien Plumbing has won a DFES VERA Award.
Thank you Peter for all you do. Congratulations to all the employers that support our volunteers.
Full list can be found here.

Fuel Cards for VFRS Brigades

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Fuel cards are now being delivered to participating Brigades around Western Australia.  Please note, these cards will only be sent to the Brigade Captain as they are the designated card custodians.

Supporting Resources and Further Information

The DFES website provides information regarding the Scheme. Information can be found in the Volunteering menu. This information includes:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Terms and Conditions
  • WEX Motorpass Web Self Service Quick Start Guide
  • Tally sheet (required to be updated and tabled at the brigade, group or unit AGM)

Click here for more information and links

On 31st October, DFES sent out personalised correspondence to each Brigade Captain regarding the delivery of the Fuel Card packs; if you have not received this correspondence by now, please contact the Volunteer Fuel Card administrator via email vfc@dfes.wa.gov.au or phone 08 9395-9550.

We strongly encourage all VFRS Brigades to avail themselves of this funding.

DFES Chaplaincy Services

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The Association, on behalf of the members of the VFRS, has been in regular contact with DFES regarding the need for a DFES specific Chaplaincy Service and these negotiations have borne fruit.  We are currently, along with other Volunteer Associations, discussing what the future Chaplaincy Service needs to provide to our membership (in conjunction with other Wellness services such as Employer Assistance Program, Wellness Officers etc); and we are hopeful this important service will return in the first quarter of 2019.

Watch this space and we will keep you up to date as much as possible