Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) meets in Adelaide

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) met in Adelaide this week to discuss a number of important national issues that impact on state-based volunteer fire associations. As an active voting member of CAVFA, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was represented by President Terry Hunter and Vice President Dave Gossage. The meeting, held…

VAC/Prescribed Association update

Just a quick update for those who have been following the AVBFB’s attempts to establish a Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) under conditions that are agreeable to both the government and those nominated by their respective DOAC’s to represent their region on a VAC. In short, the AVBFB has not yet had confirmation of whether it…

WA Conference: Last day to register for sponsored places

Today is the very last day for volunteers to register for fully sponsored places at the 2015 WAFES Conference at the Perth Convention Centre between September 18-20. For those who are accepted, DFES and LotteryWest will provide travel and accommodation (for regional Members), full conference registration and meal allowance to contribute toward the AVBFB social dinner…

Vale Don Daw

* We have been advised that the late Don Daw’s funeral will be held at St Aiden’s Anglican Church 21 Clifton Street Byford at 1400hrs Tuesday 18 August 2015 * It is with a heavy heart that the AVBFB advise of the passing of a great champion and mentor for the Volunteer Bush Fire Service of…

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…