ABC: Volunteer rescue groups call for greater share of ratepayer-funded Emergency Services Levy

Western Australia's volunteer fire, rescue and marine groups are calling for a "fairer" share of the hundreds of million of dollars the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) raises each year from ratepayers across the state. They are claiming the process of distributing money through grants funded by the ESL is broken, with volunteers having to raise donations from the public to buy essential equipment. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/abc-news-wa/series/0/video/NU1937W037S00 The ESL was introduced 16 years ago to resource volunteer and career fire, rescue and marine rescue groups. It has grown from $73 million in 2003 to $365 million in 2018–19. It is set to raise [...]

Moonyoonooka and Cape Burney Bush Fire Volunteers respond to structure fire

Our friends at the ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt posted the following article on Facebook earlier, noting the amazing work being done by various services including two of our wonderful Brigades - Moonyoonooka and Cape Burney. [...]

WA Govt: Waroona bushfire responders recognised with Meritorious Service Awards

Over 130 Meritorious Service Awards for volunteer and career firefighters, and DFES staff for their efforts during the Waroona fire in 2016 Award recipients nominated by peers for their outstanding courage and dedication More than [...]

QWN: Hon Colin De Grussa to Emergency Services Minister re Legislation review

* UPDATE: Since this post was published, we've had great news confirming that Minister Logan will undertake significant public consultation process before introducing any proposed legislative changes to Parliament. Thank you for listening Minister. Please [...]

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