The West: Western Power fight against Parkerville residents over bushfire damage a ‘grasp for immunity’

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very proud and appreciative of the support we have been able to secure for our members via the annual Western Power small equipment grant scheme. In that sense, it is somewhat troubling to see the GTE (Government Trading Enterprise) in court regarding the liability for the…

Bakers Hill Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade share knowledge with Wundowie VFRS

While there’s no shortage of differences in the cultures of the Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Service (White or Gold trucks) and DFES-controlled Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (Red trucks), the fact is Western Australia is extremely lucky to have a network of highly skilled, dedicated and professional volunteers with different areas of specialist knowledge.…

Planned burns by drone?

We’re always thankful for those who bring our attention to innovation and technology in the fire and emergency services space – and today we thank the good folk at Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for sharing the incredible video below of a fire-throwing drone being used for a different kind of mitigation – but we…

QWN: Robyn Clarke to Minster Fran Logan re DFES Rural Fire Division

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice (QWN) was asked in Parliament on Wednesday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. AVBFB Note: As can be seen in this and other articles, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is openly grateful to Minister…

Parks and Wildlife briefs Stoneville, Glen Forest, Darlington, Darling Range, Sawyers Valley and Chidlow Brigades on fire behaviour science

Our wonderful colleagues at the Parks and Wildlife Service (PAWS) contribute so very much to Western Australia’s fire and emergency services, both operationally with the incredible contribution they make to the science of doing what we do and how we can do it more safely and effectively. That is one of the two big reasons…

DFES Rural Fire Division ED Murray Carter explaining the new part of the Department to volunteers and LG staff at the Lower South West ROAC in Margaret River 21-06-2018

AVBFB in Margaret River for ROAC

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend the Lower South West Regional Operations Advisory Committee (ROAC) meeting in Margaret River this morning. These valuable triannual meetings bring together volunteers and representatives of Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to discuss recent events and future issues regarding the region’s PPRR…

Minister wraps up regional DRFD tour with a visit to the mid-west

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, various DFES and Ministerial staff have added another couple of thousand kilometres on their DFES RFD Tour, visiting the mid-west last weekend stopping at Geraldton, Northampton and Carnarvon to brief local volunteers about the new section of…

Closing soon: Register for free AFAC Conference tickets, travel, accommodation and meals

It’s not too late to score free tickets to the 2018 AFAC Conference + accommodation, travel and meals* The annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) conference will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5 to 8 September. This year, instead of the usual WA Volunteer Conference, members of…

Collieburn-Cardiff VBFB combine training with valuable social night

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) knows that the incredible 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service donate their valuable time and professional skills for many different reasons, but one that almost always appears in surveys is the sense of family and reward they get from being part of the Volunteer…

Brigade fundraising: Bunbury Undercover Markets

After the massive response we had to our recent Western Power small equipment grants, we know all too well that our 560+ Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades need access to funding that is just not available for vital equipment such as water tanks, PPE storage and security systems. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB)…