The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) display for the 2015 Perth Royal Show showcased the Department as Western Australia’s leading hazard management agency, responsible for coordinating the response to a range of emergency incidents across our vast state.
Open from 26 September to 3 October 2015, the DFES area provided a point of contact to engage the public and highlighted the wide range of fire and emergency services associated with DFES. The State Emergency Service (SES) took centre stage, demonstrating the services’ importance to the Western Australian community.
The DFES display presented information about the SES, with personnel on hand to answer questions, while the SES climbing wall was a huge success with a constant stream of children keen to try their hand at scaling the surface.
State Emergency Service Volunteers Association President Gordon Hall said the Royal Show was a great opportunity to highlight the important community assistance offered by the SES as well as the benefits of volunteering.
“Many people don’t realise the broad range of incidents that SES volunteers respond to or the skills that are required, such as vertical rescue skills,” Gordon said.
“The DFES display was a chance to showcase these and to highlight that the SES is a part of DFES, with SES volunteers being first line emergency services responders when the community is in need.”
Having returned to the show in 2014 after a seven year hiatus, this year’s presence strongly engaged the community, with the photo booth and interactive ‘Be safe around water’ game also proving popular.
Director Community Engagement Suellen Flint said the game, which demonstrates the risks associated with floods, storms and cyclones, proved popular with children.
“The new interactive game was a hit and could have positive impact outside of the display in future years,” Suellen said.
“The game is going to be available for free download on Android and Apple devices in the near future and is one that could be used in classrooms to further educate children on these risks.”
Throughout the week members of the public were also able to find out about bushfire risk and preparedness and check out various fire appliances, a Volunteer Marine Rescue Service jet ski and an SES vehicle.
DFES were rewarded for their informative yet entertaining efforts with the Commercial Exhibitor Award for Government Department - Best Design and Presentation for 2015.
“The award is great recognition for all of the effort that has gone into organising and manning the display,” Suellen said.
“It has truly been a team effort and we hope to expand our display in future years to highlight the different services that are a vital part of DFES.”