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
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
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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
Wednesday (WOW Day) is being held on 22 May 2019, coinciding with National
Volunteer Week (20 to 26 May 2019).
provides an opportunity for the community to recognise and celebrate the hard
work and dedication of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers throughout
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)
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
- 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
International Firefighters' Day Memorial Service
DFES holds an annual Memorial Service in recognition of International
The 2019 Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 5 May.
The service acknowledges Western Australian firefighters, career and
volunteer who have passed away in the line of duty.
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
For more information and to register your attendance, please contact
the Events and Promotions Officer via email at
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
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
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.