Bushfire Brigade Structure Review

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has the opportunity to take the lead across the state by proposing the transfer of Bushfire Brigades to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

This page hosts all the relevant information to assist Shire brigade volunteers in their decision making on this matter, before for a Shire wide brigade vote in April 2019.

This information is the result of the work undertaken by the steering committee formed by the Shire Bushfire Advisory Committee (BFAC) with representatives from all 10 Bushfire Brigades. BFAC will receive the final results from the vote in May 2019 to then present to Shire's Councillors for endorsement and action.

What you need to do?

  • Talk to your captain about what's happening at your station for this project
  • Review the DFES responses to the FAQs, or post a new question below.


The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has the opportunity to take the lead across the state by proposing the transfer of Bushfire Brigades to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

This page hosts all the relevant information to assist Shire brigade volunteers in their decision making on this matter, before for a Shire wide brigade vote in April 2019.

This information is the result of the work undertaken by the steering committee formed by the Shire Bushfire Advisory Committee (BFAC) with representatives from all 10 Bushfire Brigades. BFAC will receive the final results from the vote in May 2019 to then present to Shire's Councillors for endorsement and action.

What you need to do?

  • Talk to your captain about what's happening at your station for this project
  • Review the DFES responses to the FAQs, or post a new question below.


Have a question that is not in the FAQ list? Ask it here!

Q&A

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  • How does everyone feel about the requirement that the decision must be unanimous from all 10 Brigades rather than a majority of say 70-80% or higher? I have concerns that this means that the minority rules rather than the majority. If one brigade votes no then 9 brigades miss out and have their opinion rejected.

    Redgate asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for this question - it is an important one and will be discussed at our workshop tonight. :)

    **Update** - following our steering committee meeting on 25 March 2019, it was agreed that the trial will only proceed if 8/10 brigades vote in favour.

  • Will the Bush Fire Officers & Chief Bush Fire Officer be allowed to make assessment in the event of a out brake of fire based on there local knowledge of terrain ,fuel loading ,Land Ownership,and available earth moving equipment.As well as previous experirece of working with Bush fire brigades abilities and leadership be allowed to designate ,make requisitions organise rescourses ,liaising with FESA and other agenties , and not run by FESA with limited knowledge of local areas.

    Fire asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question - check out the DFES Q&A sheet which has just been updated and uploaded to this Your Say page. The new answers are highlighted in yellow. 

    If this still does not answer your question, please let us know.