John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Websites to boost information for Emergency Services volunteers

    14/11/2007 11:10 AM

    Western Australia’s emergency services volunteers have entered cyberspace with the launch of a custom-built website as part of National SES Week.

    Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke said the website developed by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) provided volunteers with a one-stop-shop for information and resources.

    “The aim is to improve access to information and reduce the amount of time it takes volunteers to find the right data and resources,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “Clearly when people are already volunteering their time to help others, the amount of time they spend seeking information and advice should be streamlined and as easy as possible to access.

    “One of the challenges of WA is the broad spread of our population and for our emergency service volunteers, this means they often work in regional and remote locations that are isolated from information networks.”

    The new website provides instant answers on policies, procedures, volunteer recruitment, FESA support, personal insurance, vehicles, equipment, training and Occupational Health and Safety.

    The information relates to the State’s different emergency services including Bush Fire Brigades, the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, Volunteer Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire Service and Emergency Service Cadets.

    The Minister said volunteers were now able to access a wide variety of relevant information tailored to their own requirements, and they were able to do this at a time most convenient to them.

    National SES week is from November 10 to 18.

    Minister's office: 9222 9211