Department of Fire and Emergency Services
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was
established on 1 November 2012 and performs a critical role coordinating
emergency services for
a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening
life and property.
It comprises more than 1600 operational personnel and
corporate staff members. It also has an extensive network of more than 27,000
volunteers engaged in the delivery of services to the community.
DFES works in collaboration with Western Australian
communities and other government agencies to help prevent, prepare for, respond
to and recover from diverse hazards including fires, cyclones and floods, to
name a few.
DFES personnel and volunteers also work closely with other
agencies such as Western Australia Police and St John Ambulance, helping to
coordinate and carry out search and rescue missions on land and at sea, and
assist at road and traffic emergencies. Additionally, DFES provides advice on
emergency management issues to various local, state and national stakeholders.
Across DFES there is a wide range of experience and skills
and our people play an important part in making Western Australia a safer place
to live. Together with our emergency management partners, we are responsible for
delivering emergency management services for the largest jurisdiction in
Australia, with a population of more than 2.5 million.
We operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, on land,
in the air and by sea across the vast 2.5 million square kilometres of our great