Quinns Rocks VBFB Cadet Unit links up and leads the way

We all understand them importance of succession planning. And there’s no doubt cadets bring renewed energy, ideas and invaluable tech savvy people to our service. This week, the Quinns Rocks VBFB Cadet Unit got in touch with the Association and asked us to help them promote their new Facebook page. As our members will already know,…

Statement re: Prescribed Association

The Association made this submission to the Minister for Emergency Services this week in support of it being re-endorsed as the Prescribed Association. The Minister’s Office subsequently asked for clarification regarding the AVBFB’s position on whether or not the Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) should report only to the FES Commissioner, the Minister or both. The statement…

Request to DFES to assist with managing claims of bullying

The AVBFB recently wrote to the FES Commissioner explaining that there is a need to create a more systematic process of recording and managing complaints about the intimidation – or bullying – of volunteers and organisations within the unpaid Emergency Services sector. The self-explanatory letter below seeks the support and assistance of DFES in developing…

Prescribed Association

Some members may have seen an advertisement placed by DFES in the West Australian newspaper this week calling for nominations for a prescribed association for the Bush Fire Volunteer Advisory Committee. The AVBFB has received a letter from the Minister explaining that the review of the prescribed association is a direct result of the Association…

AVBFB seeks more info on review consultations

The Association met with the SEMC this week to provide initial feedback to the review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires announced this week. At that meeting, we were told the review is to focus on the following three areas: Operational communications Interstate resource deployment Interagency collaboration with DFES managing the first two components (Operational…

ESL to increase by 10.6%

As part of our role of keeping the 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest Emergency Service well informed, we believe it is important to provide as much information as possible about government policy and other activities. In that context, yesterday’s WA State Budget saw a decision to increase the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) from…

ANZAC Day

The proud women and men of Western Australia’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service share our solemn respect for those who have previously served (or currently are serving) our nation in a theatre of war. On ANZAC Day in particular, many Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members will actively honour those who have courageously sacrificed their time, health, and…