AVBFB provides DRFD update in Bunbury (with a very special guest)

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…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

Thank you to all who attended and helped at AFAC – we punched above our weight again!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sincerely thanks the hundreds of volunteers who took time off work and away from their families to attend the 2018 AFAC Conference in Perth last week. The Committee of the AVBFB (and all other associations) worked very hard with DFES staff for months to ensure volunteers were…

Information session on the DRFD hosted by Bunbury VBFB

The Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades (AVBFB) will be provide information on the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) and what it means for Volunteer Bushfire Brigades as well as updates on big changes coming in training, structure and more. All volunteers from Bushfire Brigades in the Southwest are invited to attend. If you have questions,…

ABC interviews Dave Gossage and former Obama ES advisor

ABC Australia Wide’s Sinead Mangan interviews the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage representing the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and Craig Fugate, former administrator of FEMA in the United States and was an advisor to President Barrack Obama. Note: If the audio player above does not load for you, please…

Media statement: Partnership empowers Local Government Bush Fire Volunteers and Managers

Media Statement Partnership empowers local government bush fire volunteers and managers In an Australian first, a specialist software development company has partnered directly with emergency services volunteers and produced a purpose-built volunteer management system designed to empower volunteers and help recognise their vital contribution to our community. The agreement between Australian software company Swiftworks Pty…

Radio 6PR afternoons presenter Simon Beaumont interviews Dave Gossage

Radio Newstalk 6PR afternoon presenter Simon Beaumont interviewed Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about this article about retention of emergency service volunteers that appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday. Please click the link below if the media player doesn’t load. 6PR-Interview-with-Simon-Beaumont-and-Dave-Gossage-plus-talkback-03-09-2018.mp3

Letter to the Editor: Native orchids under burn threat

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) considers it unfortunate that the unknown author of the Letter to the Editor published in today’s West Australian newspaper below appears to have had dual purposes in writing to the newspaper. On face value, the correspondent seems to be arguing against a planned fuel reduction burn at…

Notice of AVBFB AGM

Notice is hereby given of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB). The AGM will not be held on a Saturday as is typically the case this year because the weekday AFAC Conference has replaced the usual weekend WAFES volunteer conference. Despite it being scheduled for Thursday, it…

Mr Alan Daw AFSM retires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) State President Dave Gossage and Committee representative Rob Lynn joined work colleagues of Mr Alan Daw this week who independently paid for a small celebration to farewell him into retirement. Alan retired from his role just three weeks short of 33 years of service during which he…