WA Businesses recognised

68 Western Australian businesses and self-employed volunteers were recognised on Friday 4 November for the vital role they played in supporting fire and emergency services volunteers throughout the past year.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards recognise employers whose exceptional sacrifices enable their staff to leave during work hours and respond to emergencies.

"In the past 12 months emergency services volunteers responded to over 9,500 fires, 5,500 searches and rescues and 168 hazmat incidents across the State. Without volunteers our capacity to respond to these incidents would be dramatically diminished," Commissioner Gregson said.

"In turn, volunteers rely on their employers to allow them the flexibility to respond to an incident at a moment's notice, have adequate rest afterwards and attend training."

"Volunteers who are self-employed also bear the costs of being unable to work when attending an emergency and this has a direct impact on their business.

The full list of 2016 winners

New website Emergency WA

This bushfire season, a new multi-hazard Emergency WA website will give you better access to emergency information and community safety warnings.

The new easy-to-use site emergency.wa.gov.au will deliver a live feed of emergency incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Serves (DFES) for the first time.

It will also include critical warnings about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, cyclones and haardous material incidents. This includes warnings and prescribed burns information from DFES, local governments and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The new map-based home pages with search and filter options will make it easier to find warnings relevant to your location on mobile phones and other digital devices.

Emergency WA Website

BIA Rottnest Safety Convoy

Once again the Boating Industry Association organised the Rottnest Safety Convoy on November 5-6, 2016.

The Pains Wessex Rottnest Safety Convoy is a fantastic opportunity for all boat owners especially new boat owners and their families to enjoy a weekend that is educational and fun!

For over 30 years, the convoys have provided boaties with an interactive experience unique to WA - an organised overnight trip to beautiful Rottnest Island.

So, if you want to use your boat to visit Rottnest Island with your family and friends in safety, and really enjoy the benefits of the boating lifestyle, join the RSC

The next convoy will be in March 2017