The AVBFB has not changed its position

Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation distributed claiming the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has changed its position on the government’s recent announcements regarding the Rural Fire Division and other associated decisions. We have not. Since the government announced its decisions on 13 April, the AVBFB has consistently: provided public comment in support…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA 2017-

Yarloop VBFB – Statement by Member for Murray-Wellington

The following statement was made in Parliament yesterday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA and published for the interest of members. The Association thanks the Member for making the effort to acknowledge the work of the Brigade and individuals involved. YARLOOP VOLUNTEER BUSH FIRE BRIGADE Statement by Member for Murray–Wellington MRS R. CLARKE…

Aveley fire aftermath, as seen from a drone. This indicates how close it got to houses. Photo: David Baylis

The Advocate: Fire commissioner admits warning about Aveley blaze ‘not good enough’

AVBFB note: It’s wonderfully refreshing to see Government officials admit that something went wrong and take responsibility for making it better in future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) therefore congratulates FES Commissioner Darren Klemm for his commendable response to this issue and we look forward to seeing the reports of this and…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

It’s ON: Western Power increases the voltage on volunteer support!

We posted this article last week explaining that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received powerful applications from 141 Brigades for up to $5,000 as part of our annual Western Power small grants scheme. The program always generates a lot of buzz among our members, but the huge response this year came as…

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…