About Emergency Services

Emergency Management

Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, local governments are required to perform various tasks which assist the community to prepare, prevent, respond and recover from various emergencies.

The Shire has plans and structures to bring together government, voluntary and private agencies in a coordinated way to deal with major emergencies through its Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC). These plans cover the whole spectrum of emergency needs, including prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Shire of Murray LEMC is a committee established under the Emergency Management Act which advises and assists the Shire in ensuring that local emergency management arrangements are established for its district.

Local Emergency Management Committee

The Shire of Murray has an active Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC).
This committee is made up of representatives from the Shire, Western Australian Local Police (WAPOL), Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Parks and Wildlife (PaW), Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (VBFB), Murray State Emergency Services (SES), Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS), Department for Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS), State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), St John Ambulance, Alcoa, Main Roads, Water Corporation, Western Power, ATCO Gas, Pinjarra Network of Schools and Bedingfeld Park Inc Aged Care Facility.
The LEMC meets quarterly to discuss the Shires current emergency services, preparation plans in the event of any emergency and how to assist the community to recover from such an event.

Emergency Services

Volunteers are an integral part of delivering emergency service activities within the district on behalf of the Shire of Murray. The Shire has five Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (VBFB) and one State Emergency Service (SES) Unit operating within the district.

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades

West Australians who live in the urban rural interface, and in rural and pastoral areas rely heavily on Volunteer Bushfire Bridges for protection against the threat and devastation of fire. There are approximately 31,000 volunteers who help to protect Western Australia from bushfires through fire prevention, risk management, fire suppression and fire safety education. Click the button for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ website.

In the Shire of Murray, there are five Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades with approximately 180 active members, including:

  • Coolup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
  • Dwellingup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
  • North Dandalup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
  • South Yunderup/Ravenswood Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
  • West Murray Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

State Emergency Service

When a natural disaster strikes – a storm, cyclone, earthquake, or flood – Murray State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers can be found helping to secure communities and getting them back on their feet. SES provides a wide range of services to help communities cope with the effects of natural disasters. From emergency repairs on buildings to restoration of essential services and the ferrying of cargo and passengers across flood waters.

Register for Emergency SMS Alerts

The Shire of Murray now has the ability to broadcast “Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans”, “Total Fire Bans” and other topical Shire information via SMS alert.

If you would like to receive alerts via SMS please reply email to mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au with the following information:

  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Mobile Number
  • Email Address

Terms and Conditions

  1. By subscribing to this service you agree to receive SMS messages from the Shire of Murray regarding “Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans” and other bans imposed during the fire season.
  2. You accept that by subscribing to this service you will receive message for the current and future fire seasons.
  3. The Shire of Murray reserves the right to discontinue this service at any time. Any decision to discontinue this service will be advised via this SMS service.
  4. You accept that radio announcements are still the primary means of notification of bans. In the event of a discrepancy between this SMS service and an announcement on the radio, the latter shall prevail.
  5. You have the right to unsubscribe from this service at any time. To unsubscribe, please notify the Shire of Murray in writing, via fax on (08) 9531 1981 or email mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au. Do Not attempt to unsubscribe via replying to an SMS notification.
  6. You accept that the Shire may from time to time use this SMS service to send other topical messages.

If you have any further enquires please do not hesitate to contact the Emergency Services Coordinator during normal business hours on 9531 7716.

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