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…

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…