WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference
The Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) Conference is held in September each year at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The conference celebrates the collaboration and camaraderie of our emergency services as we work towards creating a safer State.
For more information visit WAFES Conference.
WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards
The WA Fire and Emergency Service Awards gala dinner is held during the WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference and brings together all our services to showcase outstanding individuals and teams.
For more information visit WAFES Conference.
SES WOW Day
Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is being held on 20 May 2020, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (18 to 24 May 2020).
WOW Day provides an opportunity for the community to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers throughout Australia.
The community can show their support in a very simple, but highly visible way by wearing orange. This is the colour worn by more than 2,000 SES volunteers across Western Australia who provide assistance to the community during natural disasters and emergencies.
Take this opportunity to give back to those who give so much.
Think orange and thank orange.
Firefighting School Graduations
Every year DFES holds graduation ceremonies for new Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) recruits to thank them for their commitment to emergency services in Western Australia.
The ceremonies give family and friends an opportunity to let our new FRS recruits know how valued they are as they embark on the beginning of a new firefighting career with DFES.
This event is held each year in recognition of recruits who have graduated as career FRS firefighters.
For more information please contact the DFES Training Academy on (08) 9454 0777.
Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Championships
Every year the VFRS championships showcase the skill, speed and agility of our firefighting volunteers in a spirited sporting environment.
The Championships are the pinnacle of the VFRS brigade competition and encourage healthy rivalry among our volunteer firefighters.
The VFRS State Championships provide an opportunity to strengthen existing friendships and form new bonds with brigade members throughout Western Australia.
- State Junior Championships - North Fremantle - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018
- Alcoa State Open Championships - Esperance - Saturday 3 March and Sunday 4 March 2019
- Annual State Championships - North Fremantle - Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2019
Requests for nominations for these Championships are usually sent out to Brigades about 8-10 weeks ahead of the Championships.
For further information, please contact Office Administrator Jodie Neuzerling by calling 9377 8900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
International Firefighters' Day Memorial Service
DFES holds an annual Memorial Service in recognition of International Firefighters’ Day.
The service acknowledges Western Australian career and volunteer firefighters who have passed away in the line of duty.
Fallen Firefighterss Honour Roll.
The 2020 Memorial Service will be celebrated with a video, which will be available to watch here on 4 May.
For more information, please contact the Events Coordinator via email at
National Volunteer Week
The 2020 National Volunteer Week will run from 18 May to 24 May.
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to focus on volunteers across Australia and is a chance to acknowledge the critical roles they perform and to formally thank them for their enormous contributions to our respective communities.
In Western Australia there are more than 27,000 Emergency Services Volunteers and this special week is also an opportunity to thank the families, friends and employers of our own volunteers (including those who are self-employed) for the backing they provide to volunteering, by allowing the volunteers to do their jobs.
Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)
The DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge the important contribution made by employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia.
The 2020 VERA awards will be presented at a Perth ceremony on Thursday 29 October. A ceremony will also held in regional WA on Friday 6 November.
More information is available in the
Awards section of the DFES website.
Career National Medal and Emergency Services Diligent Service Medal Ceremony
This ceremony is an opportunity for DFES to recognise, celebrate and thank career emergency services personnel for giving their time to serve others and achieve their best for DFES and the community.