At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA 2017-

Minister fudges Dorothy Dix on Bushfire Centre of Excellence: Opposition fails to ensure accuracy

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice was asked by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered today in Parliament by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. While the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very supportive of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) and appreciative of the work of…

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

Bush Fire Volunteers at the Shire of Mundaring BBQ to thanks local ES volunteers

We thank the Shire of Mundaring for thanking Jan and her colleagues

It’s fair to say most local governments know just how valuable their incredible Bush Fire volunteers are, but not as many have the capacity or take the time to officially recognise it. Now, we need to be careful here – the incredible women and men we represent are certainly not knocking on our doors telling…

Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade appliance in Norseman Western Australia March 2019

From far and wide: Geraldton crews back from Norseman

Despite the lack of coverage on metropolitan “mainstream” media, it’s been a very busy period for many of our incredible volunteer firefighters, their families and support networks. And from the many fine examples, we’ve chosen this post from the amazing women and men at the Waggrakine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in the City of Greater…

Invitation to attend Nationals WA “Emergency Services Volunteers Brekky”

The Nationals’ spokesperson for Emergency Services, the Hon Colin de Grussa MLC has asked us to share his invitation to a breakfast to thank emergency services volunteers next Wednesday in Boulder. It’s important that we hose down any conspiracy theories before they begin and let every other Member of Parliament know that if they would…

Show you care – make a nomination for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our great friends at Volunteering WA have opened nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards. One of our most important roles at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is to promote the invaluable, diverse and rewarding nature of doing what our amazing 26,000 women and men do for our community –…

AVBFB committee workshop in Bridgetown

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) elected volunteer committee members from around the state met in Bridgetown over three days last weekend to discuss a number of significant issues and make plans to address them. The Association’s lack of capacity to meet the ever-growing needs of our members and other stakeholders (including government) pervaded…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

17 new Bush Fire Volunteers trained in south-west

Here’s yet another wonderful example of the immense commitment and comradery found among Western Australia’s amazing 26,000 Bush Fire Service Volunteers. As you can see in the post, 17 new Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers spent their weekend completing the Introduction to Firefighting course in Donnybrook. Let’s face it, in an era when volunteering in general…