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Woman of the Week Podcast
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 (Featured)
Podcast ‘Woman of the Week’ B5 Aktuell 10/01/2020
Parts of Australia have been burning for months: Quinn Cramer is one of ten thousands of firefighters, who work to control the fires and look after the people who have lost their house and home in these catastrophic bushfires. Quinn has been a firefighter since 2008 and in 2019 she was elected as president of the board of Woman and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA). The interview will be in English.
Intro to podcast: ‘Woman of the week’ a podcast by B5 Aktuell: in this podcast we shine the light onto a woman who has made a difference this week and was therefore in the news: Australia has just recorded its hottest and driest year since the recording of weather started, high temperatures and strong, hot, dry winds and the bushfires still plague the north east of Australia. More than 10 million hectares have been destroyed since the fires started in October, that is about the size of Bavaria and Baden Wurttemberg combined. At least 27 people have lost their lives so far, as well as hundreds of millions of animals. Fires in Australia are becoming more and more dangerous. Today they are again expecting temperatures in excess of 40 degrees, as well as strong winds. Another 240,000 people have been asked to evacuate; Premier Morrison said “we are far from the end of this crisis”. “It is a damned dangerous job”, says Captain Brendan O’Connor. “Sometimes the fires just about explode or they create fire tornados, the week before last one of these tornados captured a [very heavy] tanker and threw it into the air, a colleague was killed. Most of us have been fighting these fires since the beginning of October and we are all very exhausted, it’s been a long battle, that’s for sure”.
“You have all heard and seen it in the news – parts of Australia are burning; the fire service is looking after persons who have lost their house and home in these catastrophic fires, as well as dehydrated and exhausted animals. Representing the men and women who have been fighting these fires in Australia for months is our ‘Woman of the Week’ Quinn Cramer from Queensland. She has been a firefighter since 2008 and she was recently elected as president of the board of WAFA. My name is Vanessa Schneider and I am very happy that you are listening!”
“I called Quinn Cramer at 8am local time, Gladstone. Gladstone is a small coastal town in Queensland approximately 500km north of Brisbane. We have talker via Skype, this is why the sound is a little bit mechanical. And we chatted in English, but you will get used to the Australian accent quite quickly!”
Interview with Station Officer Quinn Cramer, QFES, (in English).
https://podcasts.apple.com/au/... provided by WAFA Board Member Anna Stephan.
Attention all Firefighters
Posted on 09 Jan 2020 (Featured)
ATTENTION ALL FIREFIGHTERS
Concerns around firefighter exposure?
Want to know if Firefighters have higher levels of chemicals in their systems?
This study can answer those questions.
This is a multimillion dollar comprehensive study on firefighter chemical exposure by means of a survey, blood, urine, semen and breast milk collection.
For more information click here.
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.
President: Quinn Cramer – QFES
Vice President: Stephanie Looi – NSWRFS
Secretary: Loriana Bethune BNHCRC
Treasurer and Public Officer: Alice Lavender NSWRFS
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)
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.
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!Read More
Notice - WAFA AGM 2019
Posted on 22 Oct 2019
WAFA AGM: November 11, 2019.Read More
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