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…

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…