- Inaugural Ministerial Volunteer Advisory Forum held in Perth
- Half-day forum discusses challenges of volunteer recruitment and retention, training processes, resourcing requirements and climate change
Volunteers from around the State gathered in Perth yesterday to meet with Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan for the first Ministerial Volunteer Advisory Forum.
The half-day forum discussed how to improve volunteer retention and recruitment levels, how training processes could be improved including recognising prior learning, resourcing requirements and the effects of climate change.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm also attended the forum and fielded questions from the volunteers with the Minister.
The volunteers came from across the State's various fire services, the State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service.
The forum is another demonstration of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to providing emergency services volunteers with greater recognition and support.
It follows an extensive meet-and-greet process, with Mr Logan travelling the length and breadth of Western Australia to see thousands of volunteers and career emergency services officers.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"It's been one of my great pleasures travelling throughout WA to sit down and not only personally thank our emergency services volunteers, but also to hear how they think emergency services can be improved.
"We have incorporated a lot of their feedback in the unprecedented reform of our emergency services and this forum was one of the commitments I made.
"Yesterday's half-day forum was a great opportunity to sit down with the emergency services volunteers from across the board to work through what the issues are and how they can be improved.
"I'm pleased to say that many of the volunteers think we're heading in the right direction and are passionate about trying to attract more volunteers to their respective services."
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