AVBFB and CBH present equipment to Waggrakine VBFB

The mid-west zone representatives of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades were on hand to present some much-needed equipment to members of the Waggrakine VBFB tonight, generously funded by the CBH Group. The AVBFB donated its time and resources to help the CBH Group identify, procure and distribute the equipment made available through an independent grants…

Factsheet: Qld ‘Presumptive’ legislation

Below is a text version of the Fact Sheet published by Queensland’s Worker’s Compensation Regulator explaining their new “presumptive legislation” covering both volunteer and paid firefighters who contract cancer. We thought it was useful information for WA’s Volunteers who have been told a Bill to provide cover for them would be introduced into Parliament before…

Canna-Gutha receives Defib and Oxy Soc via CBH funding

AVBFB Executive representative Lorraine Webster attended the presentation of a brand new Defibrillator and Oxy Soc to the wonderful guys and girls of the Canna-Gutha Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade yesterday. As well as officially receiving the devices from funding made available by the CBH Group to brigades within its catchment, Brigade members also undertook training…

President’s report

The following report was presented at today’s AGM The Association has undergone significant change and growth this year. After our DFES-provided Admin Officer and office in Belmont were replaced with a three year funding agreement starting July 1 last year, we hired a part time Executive Officer. As this was the first ever paid employee…

Update on VAC/Prescribed Association

Stakeholders know that the Association has reported the changed position of the DOAC-elected VAC nominees to Emergency Service Minister Hon Joe Francis and has been working constructively to create a Bush Fire Service Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) as soon as possible. We’ve been in contact with the Minister’s office very regularly offering any assistance we…

Reminder: AGM tomorrow

Just a quick reminder to those attending the WAFES Conference (and other members who would like to attend), the AVBFB AGM will be held at 2:50pm in meeting rooms 1 & 2 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow – Saturday 19 September 2015. Since there are no special agenda items, the AGM won’t take long…

Happy Father’s Day

Western Australia’s largest emergency service simply wouldn’t be the incredible community-led resource it is without the commitment, skills and support of tens of thousands of women, men and families. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades is immensely proud to represent these people and not a single day passes that we don’t think about the…

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…