AVBFB on the road: South-East Wheatbelt

The tireless Volunteers behind the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) were on the road again recently, in the south-east Wheatbelt region. President Dave Gossage said the consultation trip covered towns including Ongerup, Katanning, Woodiniling, Wagin, Williams, Boddington and Kojonup. Along the way, the team spoke with many volunteers and Local Government officers and…

ABC: Fires sparked by lightning destroy $3.6 million worth of crops in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

The ABC article below gives a good overview of some significant incidents that happened in the Wheatbelt this week. But before we saw the article, we received the message below from a deeply experienced, local who made some observations about some of the stark differences between urban-focused services and the way things have worked in…

AVBFB releases short “explainer” video on wildfire suppression techniques: Scaddan

With our lack of resources, we certainly can’t claim to have a team like the newly formed “DFES Digital” – but the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) does have some bloody hard working volunteers who are not only bush fire experts, but also getting better and better at some of the digital tools…

AVBFB celebrates Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West. 19 awards…

Swiftworks Partnership update and pricing announcement

Swiftworks Partnership Update Since the launch of the partnership between the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) and SwiftWorks at the AFAC Conference this year, feedback from volunteers and Local Governments has been very positive. The uptake of the system, which is fully integrated with Local Government and State reporting requirements, is making the…

“Mad Dogs” bring home Silver – in 3 firefighting events at the 2018 APESGames!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud to have been a supporter of the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games (APESGames) in Mandurah over the last week and even more proud of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that participated with such competency and honour. One of those teams were the “Mad Dogs”…

City of Kwinana hosts joint VBFS/CFRS rural-urban interface exercise

With thanks to the City of Kwinana Volunteer Bushfire Brigades that hosted, a really worthy regional exercise was undertaken recently in collaboration with DFES. The exercise involved Bush Fire Volunteers and Career Fire Fighters from the area and was designed to be a rural-urban interface training activity. The wider community was also engaged as the…

AVBFB Dave Gossage interview with Stan Shaw on ABC SouthWest re trauma and volunteers

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage was interviewed this morning on ABC Southwest by Stan Shaw regarding the various demands on emergency services volunteers and issues regarding mental health and trauma. Please listen below or click the link if the audio player doesn’t load on your device. Click here if the…

AVBFB at Mundijong DRFD Briefing

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage joined Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, John Tillman, Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale President and the Federal Labor Member of Parliament when they attended a meeting of around 20 local volunteers in Mundijong recently to provide an overview of the DFES Rural Fire…