Our History

The history of emergency services in Western Australia can be traced back to the early years of the Swan River Colony. As the colony's population began to grow, residents started requesting that the authorities of the colonial government begin providing community services. One of the first services to be established was a fire brigade, which was set up in Perth in 1854. Over the next few decades, other emergency services were gradually established, including ambulance and police services. Today, Western Australia's emergency services are some of the most well-equipped and highly trained in the world, and they play a vital role in keeping the community safe.

Please visit our Heritage and Education Centre section for more information on the heritage of emergency services in WA.

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About us

The department performs a critical role in coordinating emergency services to respond to incidents.

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Rural Fire Division

The Rural Fire Division is a Command of DFES focussed on tackling bushfire risk in WA.

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Operational Fleet

DFES’ fleet comprises aerial pumpers, urban pumpers, incident control vehicles and more.

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Aviation Services

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services manage contracted aircraft and other aviation capabilities.

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DFES administers several Acts on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services.

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