Farewell Superintendent Merv Austic

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has expressed sincere thanks to former Superintendent Merv Austic who recently resigned from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Mr Austic, who has served the Western Australian community via various roles within the fire and emergency services field for 20 years, will be sorely missed. The…

New Facebook comments

The AVBFBweb team is proud to announce that we’ve successfully integrated our site comments with those on Facebook. From today, when someone makes a comment on one of our linked posts on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerFireBrigades), the comment will automatically be replicated at the bottom of the corresponding article on the main AVBFBweb site. Also,…

Volunteer Groups oppose takeover

Emergency services organisations have rejected a takeover bid by the WA Government. In submissions to the Review of Emergency Services Acts, they claim the Department of Fire and Emergency Services doesn’t understand volunteer organisations and say “insensitive” language and a lack of training support has eroded trust. The submissions, by the Association of Volunteer Bush…

AVBFB at national meeting

Representatives of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades are at a meeting of CAVFA (Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations) today, sharing and gaining knowledge from leaders of other volunteer associations from all over Australia. As well as a lot of strategic planning, the day will include significant time spent with Stuart Ellis, CEO…

Nominations open for 2014 Volunteer Employee Recognition Awards (VERA)

Help celebrate the contribution made by employers and self employed volunteers by nominating a deserving VERA recipient. Click here now to complete a nomination form The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades is proud to support the DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards in order to acknowledge the important contribution employers and self employed volunteers provide…

Congratulations Bunbury VBFB

The Association offers its congratulations to the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for securing a $1,000 grant from the local Bendigo Bank and CGU to help grow the Bush Fire Cadet program within the regional community. This is just another wonderful example of the diverse, rewarding and invaluable services the Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers provide across…

Update re: PATHWAYS Training

The AVBFB met with DFES staff regarding the PATHWAYS Training project on Wednesday. During the 2.5 hour long meeting, the AVBFB reinforced key issues including the need for: any required training for volunteers to be limited to essential skills/knowledge all training to be offered in the most flexible way possible – allowing for correspondence and Internet…

Vale Les James

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades offers its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and community colleagues of Les James on news of his tragic passing. Mr James will be remembered for the enormous contribution he made to his local community in many roles including the Lieutenant of the Sussex Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade…

Notice of AGM 2014

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA Incorporated (AVBFB) hereby gives notice that it will be holding its 2014 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 4th October 2014, commencing at 4.15 PM at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth. All Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades are invited to attend. The…

Expressions of interest called for SOC/MOC/ROC/IMT roles

The association encourages members who are interested in furthering their skills in strategic incident management and liaison roles into the future to download and complete the expression of interest form below. Whilst the closing date states the 8th of August 2014, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has confirmed today that it is happy for people…

Fresh action on bushfire control

Smaller strategic controlled burns around towns and suburbs will increasingly take precedence over broad-acre burn-offs under a shake-up of WA’s bushfire prevention policy. The shift by the Department of Parks and Wildlife – it had previously aimed to burn 200,000ha in the South West each year – comes amid the agency’s repeated failures to reach…