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WAFA 2019 AGM Board Elections

Posted on 12 Nov 2019 (Featured)

Our new Board was announced at our AGM! Welcome to our new Board members Alice, Katie, Loriana and Emma. A big thankyou to the out going board members Kate Hill, Ange Pestell, Erika Lind and Hayley Dun for there hard work and dedication to WAFA over the last few years.

Office Bearers:
President: Quinn Cramer – QFES
Vice President: Stephanie Looi – NSWRFS
Secretary: Loriana Bethune BNHCRC
Treasurer and Public Officer: Alice Lavender NSWRFS

Board Members:
Steve O’Malley AFSM – MFB
Katie MacWilliams – DBCA WA
Emma Gamble – NSWRFS
John Pappas- QFES (retained)
Catherine Jolly – TFS (retained)
Nadia Rhodes – ACT Parks (retained)
Anne Pickles – FRNSW (retained)
Anna Stephan – NTPFES (retained)

Ex Officio:
Executive Officer: Ariana Henderson – Parks Vic
Youth Ambassador: Kelsey Tarabini

We'll feature our new and continuing Board members over the coming weeks through #WAFAWednesday so you can get to know your Board.

Read the 2019 Annual Report here.

WAFA Mentoring

Posted on 20 Aug 2018 (Featured)

The WAFA online mentoring program is here! If you're a financial member of WAFA and you're interested in participating as either a mentor or a mentee, then download an application form WAFA Mentoring Program. If you have any questions regarding the program check out our WAFA Mentoring FAQs. For further enquiries please email:

Victorian Women in Firefighting information session.

Posted on 19 Nov 2019

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA) are committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce which is why we are actively looking to recruit more women and people from diverse backgrounds.

We are extending an invitation to women who may be interested in a career as a firefighter to attend an information session to find out more. . Attendees will get an overview of the recruitment process, hear from current MFB and CFA female firefighters and have an opportunity to ask questions to help prepare for the July 2020 recruitment courses.

Click here for more info.

Churchill Fellowship - by Sonja Braidner

Posted on 16 Nov 2019

WAFA member Sonja Braidner recently completed her Fellowship on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the specific field of Fire and Rescue in the Emergency Services.

You can access her Fellowship here and please also stay tuned for an article by Sonja in our next Newsletter!

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Notice - WAFA AGM 2019

Posted on 22 Oct 2019

WAFA AGM: November 11, 2019.

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Girls on Fire

Posted on 01 Dec 2018

Girls on Fire - History

Girls On Fire, a not-for-profit organisation, was founded in 2016 by Bronnie Mackintosh, station officer with Fire & Rescue NSW. As 95 per cent of Australia's firefighters are currently white males, Bronnie is passionate about increasing both the number of women and different ethnic groups in the fire service, to create a more diverse, inclusive and effective workforce.

Check out the Girls on Fire webpage for more information!

WAFA wants you...r input!

Posted on 19 Nov 2018

The WAFA board will continue to grow the member's library, but we are open to your input!!

Have you got some information, research or a study that you think your fellow members would benefit from and which we could feature in our library? Is there an event WAFA can get behind by promoting it on our website?
Please contact us here to make a submission.

The WAFA Library - for its members, by its members!

WAFA YouTube Channel Updated

Posted on 20 Aug 2018

Jump on, like our new videos from the 2016 WAFA Conference and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to keep up to date with future video updates.iversity

Diversity as Capability

Jona Olsson Latir Fire Department New Mexico

Rhoda May Kerr Fire Chief Austin Texas

Alicia Welch Los Angeles Fire Department

Sandra Goiye Papua New Guinea

Superintendent Michelle Young

Steve O'Malley Stepping Up and Standing Out as a Male in the Fire Services

Shannon Fentiman Minister for Women QLD

Bronnie Mackintosh Stepping Up and Standing Out

Kate Hill Stepping Up and Standing Out

Paul Baxter Chief Executive and National Commander NZ

WAFA 2016 Conference Hot Sessions Trailer