Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney MLA 2017-

Error in DFES Annual Report corrected in Parliament

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) thanks the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Fran Logan MLA for responding to our request and having the Acting Speaker Ian Blayne correct the very problematic typographical error in the DFES annual report that we raised here in Parliament today: “DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ANNUAL…

SQUIRT in the big smoke!

SQUIRT might not wear the shiny star hood ornament but s/he was certainly one of the MERC’s this weekend. Yep, SQUIRT was proud to be part of the MERC Games this weekend on the Perth foreshore – representing our amazing Bushfire Service Volunteers, some of who were competing. Check out the Mining Emergency Response Competition…

AVBFB on the road: South-East Wheatbelt

The tireless Volunteers behind the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) were on the road again recently, in the south-east Wheatbelt region. President Dave Gossage said the consultation trip covered towns including Ongerup, Katanning, Woodiniling, Wagin, Williams, Boddington and Kojonup. Along the way, the team spoke with many volunteers and Local Government officers and…

ABC: Fires sparked by lightning destroy $3.6 million worth of crops in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

The ABC article below gives a good overview of some significant incidents that happened in the Wheatbelt this week. But before we saw the article, we received the message below from a deeply experienced, local who made some observations about some of the stark differences between urban-focused services and the way things have worked in…

AVBFB releases short “explainer” video on wildfire suppression techniques: Scaddan

With our lack of resources, we certainly can’t claim to have a team like the newly formed “DFES Digital” – but the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) does have some bloody hard working volunteers who are not only bush fire experts, but also getting better and better at some of the digital tools…

AVBFB celebrates Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West. 19 awards…

Swiftworks Partnership update and pricing announcement

Swiftworks Partnership Update Since the launch of the partnership between the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) and SwiftWorks at the AFAC Conference this year, feedback from volunteers and Local Governments has been very positive. The uptake of the system, which is fully integrated with Local Government and State reporting requirements, is making the…

“Mad Dogs” bring home Silver – in 3 firefighting events at the 2018 APESGames!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud to have been a supporter of the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games (APESGames) in Mandurah over the last week and even more proud of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that participated with such competency and honour. One of those teams were the “Mad Dogs”…

City of Kwinana hosts joint VBFS/CFRS rural-urban interface exercise

With thanks to the City of Kwinana Volunteer Bushfire Brigades that hosted, a really worthy regional exercise was undertaken recently in collaboration with DFES. The exercise involved Bush Fire Volunteers and Career Fire Fighters from the area and was designed to be a rural-urban interface training activity. The wider community was also engaged as the…