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Media Release

Strong response to emergency services legislation review
Monday 12 August 2013 – 8:00 AM
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has met with over 1,300 people and received more than 200 submissions so far in the review of Western Australia’s emergency services legislation.
Following a number of reports and recommendations, the review was established in November last year to ensure the legislation governing fire and emergency services is contemporary and working as effectively as possible.
During the first of a four stage process, DFES sought the opinions of local governments, volunteers, volunteer associations, and other stakeholders on the current legislation, and received 219 submissions.
The review has now entered the second stage and over the next few months DFES will host working groups to examine issues arising from the review.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said he was impressed with the strong response that had been achieved in the first stage of the process.
“The opinions and responses put forward will be carefully considered before a submission is put to the Minister, and I look forward to seeing even more people and organisations contributing to this important review,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“This review is about how to provide fire and emergency services personnel all over Western Australia with the best support possible, and the outcomes will be guided by the people involved in the process.”
After consultation is complete, a draft concept paper will be made available for public comment.
Information on the legislative review process and each of the four stages can be found on the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/legislationreview.
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