Note regarding article on bullying

A few members have expressed concerns about the way the article in today’s West Australian reads – worried that raising the difficult issue of bullying might cause more problems for the amazing volunteers “on the ground”. Here are a few really important things to consider: The article was not prompted by the Association in any…

Last week to register for WA FES Conference

Fully sponsored places for the WAFES Conference are filling fast so the Association urges all Brigades to nominate delegates to attend the 3 day event in Perth in September. As registrations include return transport (for regional members), accommodation and meal allowance for approved members, the Association urges anyone interested in attending to make contact with…

Urgent input into Northcliffe and Boddington fires requested

As members know, the AVBFB has been seeking more information from DFES about how volunteers can make contributions to the major incident review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires since it was announced on 6 May. As explained in this post on 15 May, the review has been divided into three sections (Operational communications, Interstate resource…

Update on VVEAC

Members know that the Association wrote to DFES last week after learning that the Volunteer Vehicle & Equipment Advisory Committee (VVEAC) had been cancelled with no notice or consultation. To the credit of Deputy Commissioner Steve Fewster, he sent a response almost immediately acknowledging that the process undertaken was less than ideal and committing to produce a…

DFES: WA Firefighting Awards finalists take commitment to a new level

A very big congratulations to all finalists in this year’s WA Firefighting Awards, especially Michael Cave from the Narpyn Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Sean Corbin from the East Gidgegannup VBFB, Terri Kowal from the Bunbury VBFB and Nathan Garrington from East Swan VBFB. Below is the media statement naming all finalists in each category published…

Letter to FES Commissioner re comments in Parliament

The following self-explanatory letter was sent to FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson yesterday morning.   Wayne Gregson Commissioner Department of Fire and Emergency Services By email Dear Commissioner COMMENTS MADE DURING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ESTIMATES HEARING I write with some reluctance to express the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) disappointment in comments you made during…