Bush Fire Volunteers at the Shire of Mundaring BBQ to thanks local ES volunteers

We thank the Shire of Mundaring for thanking Jan and her colleagues

It’s fair to say most local governments know just how valuable their incredible Bush Fire volunteers are, but not as many have the capacity or take the time to officially recognise it. Now, we need to be careful here – the incredible women and men we represent are certainly not knocking on our doors telling…

Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade appliance in Norseman Western Australia March 2019

From far and wide: Geraldton crews back from Norseman

Despite the lack of coverage on metropolitan “mainstream” media, it’s been a very busy period for many of our incredible volunteer firefighters, their families and support networks. And from the many fine examples, we’ve chosen this post from the amazing women and men at the Waggrakine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in the City of Greater…

Invitation to attend Nationals WA “Emergency Services Volunteers Brekky”

The Nationals’ spokesperson for Emergency Services, the Hon Colin de Grussa MLC has asked us to share his invitation to a breakfast to thank emergency services volunteers next Wednesday in Boulder. It’s important that we hose down any conspiracy theories before they begin and let every other Member of Parliament know that if they would…

Show you care – make a nomination for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our great friends at Volunteering WA have opened nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards. One of our most important roles at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is to promote the invaluable, diverse and rewarding nature of doing what our amazing 26,000 women and men do for our community –…

AVBFB committee workshop in Bridgetown

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) elected volunteer committee members from around the state met in Bridgetown over three days last weekend to discuss a number of significant issues and make plans to address them. The Association’s lack of capacity to meet the ever-growing needs of our members and other stakeholders (including government) pervaded…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

17 new Bush Fire Volunteers trained in south-west

Here’s yet another wonderful example of the immense commitment and comradery found among Western Australia’s amazing 26,000 Bush Fire Service Volunteers. As you can see in the post, 17 new Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers spent their weekend completing the Introduction to Firefighting course in Donnybrook. Let’s face it, in an era when volunteering in general…

Update on ESL reforms

Anyone who has been reading our newsletters or attended a Brigade briefing over the past few years will be well aware the hard working team at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been tirelessly trying to improve the perception of, and access to, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) grant funding for Local Governments…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…