AVBFB committee workshop in Bridgetown

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) elected volunteer committee members from around the state met in Bridgetown over three days last weekend to discuss a number of significant issues and make plans to address them. The Association’s lack of capacity to meet the ever-growing needs of our members and other stakeholders (including government) pervaded…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

17 new Bush Fire Volunteers trained in south-west

Here’s yet another wonderful example of the immense commitment and comradery found among Western Australia’s amazing 26,000 Bush Fire Service Volunteers. As you can see in the post, 17 new Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers spent their weekend completing the Introduction to Firefighting course in Donnybrook. Let’s face it, in an era when volunteering in general…

Update on ESL reforms

Anyone who has been reading our newsletters or attended a Brigade briefing over the past few years will be well aware the hard working team at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been tirelessly trying to improve the perception of, and access to, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) grant funding for Local Governments…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a┬álack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…

GWN7: Gelorup EMERGENCY, injured volunteers, caused by angle grinder

For those who aren’t aware, nearly 100 firefighters including volunteers from neighbouring Bush Fire Brigades spent much of yesterday at a dangerous fire in Gelorup just south of Bunbury and will undoubtedly be onsite dampening down for days to come. Two Volunteer Bush Fire Fighters were lucky to survive with relatively minor injuries (both OK…

Stoneville volunteer to walk 120km to fundraise for Brigade

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) remains deeply disappointed that of the almost $400,000,000 the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will receive this year from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), only 6% (~ $22M) is allocated to grants for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades – WA’s largest emergency service with around 10…

Premier Mark McGowan drops in on Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sometimes cops it in the neck from keyboard warriors who shout about the need for us to “not be political”. As bush fire volunteers themselves, the unpaid committee that is elected to manage the Association completely understand the sentiment. Most members have no interest in politics or…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

FAC: Using Community Base Maps to Improve the Safety and Effectiveness of Wildfire Response

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been saying it forever – when it comes to preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, nothing beats local knowledge. Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the Fire Adapted Communities website in the US that not only confirms the need for local knowledge…

AVBFB Vice President Phil Penny recognised as Citizen of the Year

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.…