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Waroona Special Inquiry Recommendation 9 - Voluntary Registration of Farmer Firefighting Units

​​Open date03 July 2017​
Close date​24 July 2017
On 1 December 2016, the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Secretariat was rebranded as the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which has been tasked to progress a number of recommendations from ‘The Report of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire’ undertaken by Euan Ferguson AFSM. 

Recommendation 9 of the report contains the following:

The State Emergency Management Committee, in consultation with Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFF), the Association of Bush Fire Brigades (ABFB), the Contractors Association of WA, and the Forest Industries Federation of WA (FIFWA), to establish systems for the voluntary registration of:

• farmer firefighting units
• contractor firefighting units
• forestry industry brigades

The purpose of the arrangement is to facilitate the safe, efficient and effective recognition, organisation, deployment, management and coordination of farmer, contractor and forestry firefighting resources.

The systems would include a process for enabling access through traffic management points during bushfires.  Progress towards establishing these  systems are to be reported by State Emergency Management Committee in its annual preparedness report.

In response, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has developed a discussion paper on Registration of Farmer Firefighting Units. 

This document is now ready for broader consultation with relevant stakeholders, particularly local ​governments. 

As a key stakeholder, I welcome your comments on these documents by use of the consultation feedback form below. 

Please return your feedback by COB Monday 24 July 2017. 

Please note that the feedback period has now closed.

​Full detailsAppliance Registration Discussion Paper - May 2017
Consultation Feedback Form