In June 1997, a taskforce was established by the Western Australian Government to look at ways of improving planning and coordination of the State's emergency services.
Following recommendations made by the taskforce, the Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia (FESA) was created as a department under the Public Sector Management Act on 1 January 1998 as an interim arrangement.
One year on, FESA was formally established as a statutory government authority replacing the Fire Brigades Board and the Bush Fires Board.
The establishment of FESA has brought together, under one board and one Chief Executive Officer (CEO) the:
On 1 November 2012, as a result of a recommendation from the Perth Hills Bushfire Review 2011, FESA was restructured and became a government department, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, headed by a Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner.
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