As reported, the Bushfire Volunteers association has worked extremely hard over a number of years to demonstrate the importance and value of adequately funding the peak body for WA’s 26,000 Bush Fire service volunteers.

Unfortunately, despite amply demonstrating very strong return on investment and delivering a huge increase in direct services to DFES and other state government agencies as a result of the changes being made in the bushfire space, we have not been able to improve our funding arrangement.

After accepting this fate, the committee did what bushfire volunteers always do – rolled up their sleeves and committed to find another way to deliver more and better services to our incredible members.

Since we started spreading the word that the association that has represented, supported and promoted the work of WA’s largest emergency service since 1991 is necessarily pursuing corporate funding, we’ve had a few questions about the levels of funding DFES provides to the various volunteer associations. To answer, we’ve shared the table below from the 2018-19 DFES Annual Report showing the amounts provided last year and the year before to the various volunteer peak bodies:

Association 2018-19 2017-18
Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services Association of WA Inc $363,000 $400,000
Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia Inc. $295,000 $89,000
Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA Inc. $141,000 $149,000
SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Inc. Not reported Not reported
(Fire and) Emergency Service Volunteer Association Inc. $75,000 $78,000
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