2016 Volunteer Survey open until 29th August

The Ferguson Inquiry recommended that volunteers be surveyed to gauge their views and priorities. The Association pre-empted the need for such work in support of our volunteers by having WA included in the “Nationwide” 2016 Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey which is totally independent of all state agencies. We encourage volunteers to make your views…

Experience supports an independent Rural Fire Service for WA

The following letter supportive of Euan Ferguson’s recommendation for an independent Rural Fire Service was sent to the Association by Leonard Carter AFSM.EFO.BSc, retired Group Captain with the NSW Rural Fire Service. Leonard’s brief letter explains the background to the formation of the NSW Rural Fire Service that has parallels to our current situation in WA. __________________________________________________________________________________________  …

Finalists announced for Firefighting Awards 2016

The 2016 Firefighting Awards honour the achievements of fire and emergency services individuals and groups who have demonstrated dedication to duty beyond expectations. The Association congratulates all nominated finalists and wishes best of luck to the VBFB contenders. The finalists are:   Youth Achievement Award Brandon McKinlay – Metropolitan VFRS Struan Graham – Wanneroo Central…

WA volunteer bush firefighters will only support rural fire service independent of Department of Fire and Emergency Services

The WA Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says a rural fire service would only work if it operated as a separate entity to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) because of cultural differences. The establishment of a rural fire service was one of the main recommendations of an inquiry into January’s Yarloop/Waroona…

CFA Crisis: Chief fire officer Joe Buffone quits

The chief fire officer of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority has become the latest victim of Premier Daniel Andrews workplace deal with the United Firefighters Union. CFA chief officer Joe Buffone resigned after his position became “untenable.” As first reported by The Age there had been significant pressure on Mr Buffone to endorse a new deal with the union, something he…

Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passes Lower House with support from all sides

The Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the Legislative Assembly with support from all political parties.  The Bill’s purposes include the sensible streamlining of the process for declaring an emergency situation, redefining the term hazard for emergency purposes and allocating to the State Emergency Management Committee the task of reporting to the Minister on…