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Training and Professional Development

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) provides professional development services for volunteers and employees to enhance their operational and organisational skills within the Western Australian (WA) community.

DFES also provides specialised training for organisations and individuals in the private and public sectors to help them prevent, prepare for respond to and recover from emergency situations.

Accreditation and Training for Bushfire Practitioners

The State Government is committed to promoting a professional bushfire consultant industry and has developed the Western Australian Bushfire Accreditation Framework to facilitate accredited practitioners operating at three levels.

Under the framework, organisations can apply to offer an accreditation scheme for Level 1 BAL Assessors and at a later date, Level 2 and/or Level 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioners.

The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is the first training and accrediting body for Level 1 BAL Assessors in Western Australia to be recognised by the State Government.

Training courses for Level 1 BAL Assessors will be available from September 2015 in Perth and Bunbury, and other possible locations depending on demand.

For further details on FPA Australia’s accreditation scheme and training courses visit www.fpaa.com.au.

For more information or to register for email updates on the bushfire accreditation and training initiative, refer to the Department of Planning’s website here.