2019 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference
The eighth annual Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services conference (WAFES) will be held from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2019 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The conference will facilitate networking opportunities with volunteers across all services; explore current issues and trends in emergency services; and display equipment and vehicles available to all DFES volunteers.
The conference theme and keynote speakers will be announced early in 2019. For more information, as it becomes available, visit WAFES Conference.
2019 WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards
The 2019 Fire and Emergency Services Awards recognise the achievements of active volunteers, teams and units, who have gone above and beyond in the course of duty, and celebrates the outstanding contribution they make to Western Australian communities.
Further information about each of the awards, including selection criteria, award categories and nomination forms are on the DFES website, and can be accessed using the following links:
Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) Awards
State Emergency Service (SES) Awards
You can also contact Media and Corporate Communications on 9395 9396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony during the 2019 Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
SES WOW Day
Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is being held on 22 May 2019, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (20 to 26 May 2019).
WOW Day provides an opportunity for the community to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers throughout Australia.
The community can show their support in a very simple, but highly visible way by wearing orange. This is the colour worn by more than 2,000 SES volunteers across Western Australia who provide assistance to the community during natural disasters and emergencies.
Take this opportunity to give back to those who give so much.
Think orange and thank orange.
Firefighting School Graduations
Every year DFES holds graduation ceremonies for new Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) recruits to thank them for their commitment to emergency services in Western Australia.
The ceremonies give family and friends an opportunity to let our new FRS recruits know how valued they are as they embark on the beginning of a new firefighting career with DFES.
This event is held each year in recognition of recruits who have graduated as career FRS firefighters.
For more information please contact the DFES Training Academy on (08) 9454 0777.
Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Championships
Every year the VFRS championships showcase the skill, speed and agility of our firefighting volunteers in a spirited sporting environment.
The Championships are the pinnacle of the VFRS brigade competition and encourage healthy rivalry among our volunteer firefighters.
The VFRS State Championships provide an opportunity to strengthen existing friendships and form new bonds with brigade members throughout Western Australia.
- State Junior Championships - North Fremantle - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018
- Alcoa State Open Championships - Esperance - Saturday 3 March and Sunday 4 March 2019
- Annual State Championships - North Fremantle - Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2019
Requests for nominations for these Championships are usually sent out to Brigades about 8-10 weeks ahead of the Championships.
For further information, please contact Office Administrator Jodie Neuzerling by calling 9377 8900 or emailing email@example.com
International Firefighters' Day Memorial Service
DFES holds an annual Memorial Service in recognition of International Firefighters' Day.
The 2019 Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 5 May.
Time: Arrival 11.15am. Service 11.30am – 12.15pm
Venue: Firefighters’ Memorial Grove, Forrest Drive, Kings Park
Parking is available at Roe and Botanic Garden carparks
Dress: Dress uniform with full size medals or business attire. Refer to dress code (PDF)
The service acknowledges career and volunteer Western Australian firefighters, career and volunteer who have passed away in the line of duty by the reading of the Fallen Firefighters' Honour Roll.
The Department welcomes the attendance of family members of those who are being remembered, and all past and present career and volunteer firefighters. Members of the public who wish to remember WA fallen firefighters are also welcome.
For more information and to register your attendance, please contact the Events and Promotions Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 26 April 2019.
National Volunteer Week
The 2019 National Volunteer Week will run from 20 May to 26 May.
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to focus on volunteers across Australia and is a chance to acknowledge the critical roles they perform and to formally thank them for their enormous contributions to our respective communities.
In Western Australia there are more than 27,000 Emergency Services Volunteers and this special week is also an opportunity to thank the families, friends and employers of our own volunteers (including those who are self-employed) for the backing they provide to volunteering, by allowing the volunteers to do their jobs.
Bushfire Action Month
Bushfire Action Month is held annually in October, to call upon the community to prepare their homes and families ahead of the bushfire season. For more information, click here.
Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)
The DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge the important contribution made by employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia.
The 2019 VERA ceremonies will be held:
- In Perth on Friday 1 November;
- In Busselton on Friday 8 November.
Career National Medal and Emergency Services Diligent Service Medal Ceremony
TThis ceremony is an opportunity for DFES to recognise, celebrate and thank career emergency services personnel for giving their time to serve others and achieve their best for DFES and the community.