AVBFB meets Ministers at Community Cabinet

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Vice President Dave Gossage was invited to represent the Volunteer Bush Fire Service at the State Government’s Community Cabinet meeting in Armadale last night. At the event Dave personally met with the Premier and a number of WA’s Ministers, raising important issues such as prescribed burning and funding issues. In…

Update: 5 year service medals

Those who have read our previous updates would already know that the FES Commissioner responded to the Association’s December 2014 letter in last month confirming that he had approved the inclusion of the word “Volunteer” in all future Bush Fire Service branding. We are pleased to report that DFES has confirmed this week that the new…

5 Year Service Medals – update

As we published in this update on 12 February, the Association consulted with volunteers and worked cooperatively with DFES on Bush Fire Service branding, including the design of the 5 year service medals, before making a formal request for change in late December last year. In his February letter, FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson committed to…

VBFS women #MakeItHappen

While many would assume that the emergency services, and in particular fire fighting, is an overwhelmingly male-dominated sector, the fact is that Western Australia’s largest agency – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has almost an even split of women to men. The official statistics show that women make up between 30% and 40% of the…

DFES agrees to add “Volunteer” to Bush Fire Service branding

After consulting with brigade members and their elected zone representatives regarding proposed design changes to 5 year Service Medals, it became very clear that the new design should add the word “Volunteer” to the Bush Fire Service logo. These consultations, combined with this article in The West Australian newspaper at around the same time, started…

AVBFB seeks clarification on “Emergency” declaration

The Association has received a number of enquiries regarding the use of the word “emergency” in regard to the current incidents in both Northcliffe and Boddington. There appears to be some confusion as to whether or not the FES Commissioner’s “emergency warning” advice published yesterday and today is a declaration of an “emergency situation” under…

Media backgrounder: WA’s Emergency Services (infographic)

The Association has been working hard to ensure the public understands that Western Australia relies heavily on the goodwill, local knowledge and expert skills of volunteers in the realm of emergency services. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that one thing the AVBFB could do to get that important message out is…