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What has your Executive Officer been up to recently?




Hello everyone,


Over the last six months, I have attended various meetings including:


· VFRS Training Advisory Group

· DFES New training academy

· Executive committee

· Volunteer Advisory Committee

· Co locations - Brigades under the one roof with other groups. (I.e. BFS and VFRS together)

· Youth Association Committee

· Under garment Personal Protective Clothing (PPC)

· Operational Research Division (ORD)

· Volunteer Sustainability Committee

· Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

· Hardship Fund

· Height Safety, Competition

· Chief Supers

· Bushfire Centre of excellence (BCoE)

· New Radios

· Heavy tanker PAT

· Pilot Emergency Driving Training/ Recognition of Current Competencies

· Incident Control Vehicle / Project Advisory Team (ICV PAT)

· Structural PPC PAT.


In addition, I attended the Easter Championships and the State Open firefighter games and various Department of Fire and Emergency Services functions including the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, Firefighter Graduation, BCoE opening and the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


During this time, I have visited the following VFRS Brigades:


Yanchep Broome Bunbury

Collie Donnybrook Eaton

Manjimup Margaret River Harvey

Bridgetown Mt Barker Augusta

Southern Cross Merredin Kalbarri

Brunswick Junction Carnarvon Karratha

Tom Price Pinjarra Busselton

Cue Dongara Leonora

Armadale Kwinana Secret Harbour

Laverton Falcon Kalamunda

Walpole Kalgoorlie Northcliffe


For those I haven't visited, I am busy making plans to see you in the second half of the year.


As always if you have any concerns or issues I am only a phone call or an email away.


Ken O’Reilly

Executive Officer

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association