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…

Volunteers showing AVBFB President Dave Gossage the radio "Black spots" on a regional map in the Shire of Lake Grace April 2018

AVBFB attends Lake Grace BFAC

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend the Shire of Lake Grace Bush Fire Advisory Committee meeting (BFAC) on Thursday in Newdegate. Brigades from across the region were represented by their FCO’s and other representatives. It was great to see the new weather station working well giving more accurate information…

AVBFB helps negotiate resolution to Bunbury appliance issue

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend a meeting with the City of Bunbury CEO, several Councillors and the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade to help work through issues regarding a light tanker. The meeting was called to resolve a disagreement that occurred after Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funding was…

Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal, flanked by volunteers Tilda Mason and Clive Banks, are fired up over demands for one of its vehicles to be retired.Picture: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

South Western Times: Volunteer brigade in shock over the hand back demand

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is disappointed to learn that the issue below has not yet been resolved and is now actively assisting our friends in the Bunbury VBFB to advocate for a sensible outcome. While it is absolutely our role to assist individual brigades with specific local challenges, the issue of…

City of Kwinana thanks the volunteer team that has its back

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very please that there are more and more Local Governments making special effort to host “thank you” events for the incredible emergency service volunteers that have their backs. Last night, the City of Kwinana was one of those very special Councils to host a function specifically…

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Perfect weather brings out record crowd

One of the great community-minded members of the Roelands/Olive Hills Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB) sent us some great photos from the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival on Sunday where everyone including Bushy Bear, some awesome kids and members of the UDUC Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB) looked like they were having a great time. As…