awards

DFES is rewarding any member for acts of exceptional, exemplary or long service, and acts of bravery where they have put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

This recognition extends to acknowledging the important role that employers and self-employed volunteers play in the delivery of emergency services across WA.

You will find information here on the awards DFES bestows, past recipients and what awards you can nominate someone for.

WAFES Awards

The WA Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of DFES volunteer and career personnel throughout WA.

Please visit the WAFES Awards section for more information, including past winners, award criteria and eligibility.

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Australian Honours and Awards

DFES accepts nominations for the Australia Fire Service Medal, Emergency Services Medal and Australian Bravery Decorations at any time.

The Australian Honours and Awards system recognises the outstanding service and contributions of Australians. It celebrates and says ‘thank you’ to those who make a difference, those who achieve their best, serve others and to those people that have put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

Australian Honours and Awards acknowledge people who achieve their best, serve others and people that have put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

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Awards for DFES staff and volunteers
Award announcements
Past Australian Honours and Awards recipients

Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards are now open

The Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards acknowledge the important role employers and self-employed volunteers play in the delivery of emergency services across Western Australia, where more than 95 percent of emergency services personnel are volunteers.

A supportive employer and flexible workplace enables emergency services volunteers to take time off work to attend critical emergency incidents and vital training. Many self-employed volunteers go above and beyond for their communities, often closing their doors during emergencies, even when it impacts their livelihoods.

If you know an employer that supports emergency services volunteers to carry out their duties, nominate then today.

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Past recipients

Resilient Australia Awards

Nominations for the 2024 Resilient Australia Awards have been extended.

The awards celebrate programs and initiatives that help Australians better prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and cyclones.

Individuals, organisations, governments and schools are all eligible to be nominated across seven categories.

State and Territory winners will be considered for national awards.

Nominations close Friday 7 June 2024.

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Past winners

Youth Programs Awards

Winners have been announced for the 2023 Youth Programs Awards.

The Emergency Services Cadet Corp (ESCC) Awards have been presented since 2005, to celebrate the achievements of units, cadets, instructors and brigades, groups and units (BGU) and their outstanding contribution to the emergency services.

In 2021 the awards were renamed as the DFES Youth Programs Awards to include awards recognising cadets and units in the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) and BGU cadet programs, as well as the ESCC.

Past winners