Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Acting Executive Director John Tillman and other DFES and Ministerial staff explaining the Government's recent changes to emergency service volunteers in the North West. Photo: Facebook

Minister, Commissioner and DFES staff take DRFD Tour to the North-West

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, Commissioner Darren Klemm and the Executive Director of the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) have certainly covered a lot of ground since announcing the Government’s decisions in response to the recommendations of the Ferguson Report into the Waroona Fire. After their lightning visits to the South-West, Great Southern and…

Vale Paul (Chappie) Chapman

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sends its heartfelt condolences to family, friends and Bush Fire Brigade colleagues of the late Paul (Chappie) Chapman, most recently from the Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. As explained in the Facebook post below, Chappie passed away last Friday and his family has extended an invitation to…

Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade Rodney Dilkes sharing his expertise on Lithium batteries after one exploded in a shed in the Western Australian town of Margaret River.

“Volunteer Brigades are filled with some remarkable men and women…”

“Volunteer Brigades are filled with some remarkable men and women and we’ve got more than our fair share at Wallcliffe.” Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves – so we won’t even try. Take a look at the Facebook post from the wonderful team at the Wallcliffe Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade about one of…

Witchcliffe VBFB Facebook 27-05-2018

Experts in bushfire, highly proficient in so much more…

Diverse indeed! The invaluable 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service are the experts in bush fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for sure. But as farmers, engineers, teachers, nurses, lawyers and home-makers, they also bring a huge array of other skills that combine to make them the absolutely awesome team they are.…

Bedfordale VFBF at HBF Run For a Reason 27-05-2018

Wherever the need and whatever is needed…

They came (to the HBF RunForAReason), they raised ($6,800 for Sirens of Silence) and they ran (12 km’s in turnout gear!) Congratulations to the amazing Bush Fire Volunteers who joined the team from Bedfordale VBFB yesterday under stormy skies to yet again, put themselves out for the benefit of others in our community. From Albany…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

DFES job opportunity: Coordinator Digital Communications

The following advertisement is currently listed by DFES on seek.com.au. We STRONGLY encourage those with the required skills and an understanding of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service to apply. Coordinator Digital Communications Non-Operational Division Position Number: P006465 Salary/Level: $99,966 – $110,590 Type: Fixed Term – Full Time Location: Cockburn Central Job Description ​​​​THE ROLE An…