AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Bunbury VBFB Captain Terri Kowal (front) presenting the briefing on the DFES RFD and other news to around 50 south west volunteers including AVBFB Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster (in the Gold Bush Fire Service shirt at the back).Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage, Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster and part-time Executive Officer Darren Brown paid a visit to Bunbury on Wednesday which culminated in providing a briefing to around 50 highly skilled and evidently dedicated bush fire volunteers from the south west region.
The evening started with AVBFB President Dave Gossage outlining the work the Association has been doing with DFES and broader government to try to make the most of DFES’s Rural Fire Division and what we believe the near future holds.
The meeting was then updated about some exciting work the AVBFB has been doing with DFES to correct the challenges that the old DFES “Pathways” training system created for many of our members. AVBFB volunteers have donated hundreds of hours explaining the issues and working with DFES staff from the Forrestfield Academy right up to the Commissioner – who we happily report has been very, very supportive of most of the changes we have requested.
There were a number of other important issues discussed, ranging from local concerns through to big picture questions like whether the Association has a view about why the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service seems to be receiving a lot of positive focus.
The briefing was arranged and hosted by the incredible Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade who outdid even their usual high level of hospitality and provided visitors with a delicious sausage sizzle to enjoy immediately following the formal part of the evening.
But most volunteers in attendance would agree there was one thing better than the snags, and that was the attendance of the new South 32 Tatra purpose-built 9.6 fire appliance.