Pre-dawn off-roading, hunting, community education and a rope swing – all in a day’s work for the crew at East Swan VBFB

Well, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) says WA’s largest emergency service is “Diverse, Rewarding and Invaluable” – and here’s the proof! The team at East Swan VBFB posted a Facebook article last week that is a wonderful example of some of the unusual situations many of our 26,000 women and men find…

Rural Fire Division: Information for Brigades

What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)? How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry? Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES? Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the…

Wallcliffe VBFB Facebook 15-04-2018o

Wallcliffe VBFB’s excellent post about local mitigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated the need for more support and resources for Local Governments and their Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to undertake important all-year-round mitigation works, including prescribed burning. Not only does science show that mitigation is many, many times “cheaper” than the cost of bushfire suppression, hazard…

ABC Country Hour interview with Dave Gossage re Rural Fire Division

The audio below is from a live interview ABC Country Hour host Belinda Varischetti had with the President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Dave Gossage today regarding the government announcement establishing a new Rural Fire Division (RFD). Belinda and Dave discuss the Association’s view that although it is not fully independent of…

PHOTO: Volunteer firefighters Wade Bloffwitch and Stacey Petterson walk past the brigade's only tanker. (ABC News: Tom Joyner)

ABC: Remote fire brigade unable to fight house fires without upgrade, volunteers say

Many Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have been led to believe that the only way they can be funded for capabilities such as BA and road crash rescue is to become a different type of unit. Sadly, this is not true and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working…