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…

AVBFB on “binding the crown”

720ABC radio’s Geoff Hutchison interviewed Mundaring Bushfire Controller Rod Eyre and Association Vice President Dave Gossage this morning regarding the need to “Bind the Crown” in future legislation making it compulsory for all levels of government to share responsibility for mitigation of bushfire risk all over the State. Here’s the audio of that interview for those…

AVBFB welcomes Sky Crane team

AVBFB Vice President Dave Gossage took time out this morning to meet with the 2014 Sky Crane team, welcoming them back to Western Australia. Whilst aerial support is always welcome, the pilots themselves acknowledged that they only part of the team required and without fire fighters on the ground, fires would continue to grow. On behalf of…

What a jolly fool!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has dismissed public comments attributed to United Firefighters Union WA secretary Kevin Jolly in this news article yesterday as unnecessary, unhelpful and foolish. Reluctant to give the daft comments any more publicity, AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said Mr Jolly’s suggestion that DFES should create safety policies that apply…

Vale Les James

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades offers its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and community colleagues of Les James on news of his tragic passing. Mr James will be remembered for the enormous contribution he made to his local community in many roles including the Lieutenant of the Sussex Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade…

AVBFB welcomes new recruits

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates Western Australia’s 23 newest career firefighters on their graduation today as announced by Emergency Services Minister the Honourable Joe Francis in this media statement. Thanks for stepping forward guys and girls – your extra numbers will add to the support the 1,100 paid officers already contribute to the…