National Volunteering Conference 2018

Scholarships to help ES Volunteers attend National Volunteering Conference in Sydney

Regular readers will remember our January 11 article about the Commonwealth Government providing scholarships to help those in regional communities to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018 in Sydney in June. We received some great news this week from our friends over at Volunteering WA: the Federal Government has now released scholarships specifically to help…

Applications for the 2018 Western Power grant are now open!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) in partnership with Western Power invites suitable applicants to apply for the Western Power grants of up to $5,000. Applications are open from 1st February 2018 and close on Friday 30th March 2018. Who can apply: Applications are only open to brigades located in areas linked to…

Apologies for newsletter delay

We just wanted to make a quick note to apologise for the delay in sending this week’s newsletter. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) takes great pride in the fact that our dedicated team has developed WA’s most well-read, respected and reliable news sources in the fire and emergency services sector. In the…

Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray and others congratulate Capel Bush Fire Brigade's John James and Elgin Bush Fire Brigade's John Prowse for 60 years of service.

60 years of service and still giving!

Great to see Minister for Volunteering Hon Mick Murray taking the time to recognise the incredible work Capel Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade member John James and Elgin Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade member John Prowse have contributed to their community over 60 years. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is disappointed we didn’t know…

Mitigation, including prescribed burning – cheaper, safer and expertly managed

Many have already seen this video shared by Parks and Wildlife earlier this week from the Mundaring fires. It’s a bit of a mix of messages but the first and arguably the most important from our perspective was the acknowledgement of the volunteer effort involved in managing it so successfully. But there’s another very important…

AFAC opinion piece: AFAC no AMA but working hard to support you

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has previously sought and been refused membership of AFAC because it does not represent WA’s largest emergency service, our invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Service. Nevertheless, the AVBFB recognises that AFAC currently has some influence to state and national policy and we therefore try to stay as involved…

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm with Amanda Williamson at the SWORD launch in November.

The West: Resignation of female chief sparks investigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is deeply concerned by allegations made in the article that appeared on the front page of today’s West Australian newspaper regarding former DFES Superintendent Ms Amanda Williamson. Gender is not an indication of capability and therefore discrimination based on sex is both abhorrent and foolish, particularly in…