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…

New trauma program for firefighting recruits aims to boost coping skills

A new program designed to help firefighting recruits cope with stress and anxiety after experiencing traumatic events in Western Australia could soon also be extended to their families. The resilience-building program is designed to lower post-traumatic stress symptoms in Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recruits who have confronted bushfires and road accidents. Curtin…

Nominate a hero today!

We know members of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade community don’t like the word “hero” to describe what they do. But most of us know someone in our local Brigade who absolutely deserves that title. Until Tuesday, the Sunday Times and PerthNow.com.au are accepting nominations for their Pride of Australia Medal. If you know a…

Poor plans seen in WA fire policy

A leading expert on bushfire architecture is alarmed over WA’s proposed bushfire planning policy, warning it could put lives at risk. Ian Weir said the proposed policy did not support homeowners building to the highest bushfire design standards and allowed homes in areas deemed to be low hazard risk to eschew Australian standards. Mr Weir,…

AVBFB welcomes new recruits

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates Western Australia’s 23 newest career firefighters on their graduation today as announced by Emergency Services Minister the Honourable Joe Francis in this media statement. Thanks for stepping forward guys and girls – your extra numbers will add to the support the 1,100 paid officers already contribute to the…

Bushfire code may hit urban homes

[The West Australian] Inner-city homes overlooking Kings Park or backing on to nature strips would be treated the same as semi-rural blocks under proposed new bushfire planning policy and guidelines. Residents building on such sites could face development restrictions and be slugged thousands to equip their properties with anti- bushfire measures. More than 130 properties…