Notice of AVBFB AGM

Notice is hereby given of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB). The AGM will not be held on a Saturday as is typically the case this year because the weekday AFAC Conference has replaced the usual weekend WAFES volunteer conference. Despite it being scheduled for Thursday, it…

Mr Alan Daw AFSM retires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) State President Dave Gossage and Committee representative Rob Lynn joined work colleagues of Mr Alan Daw this week who independently paid for a small celebration to farewell him into retirement. Alan retired from his role just three weeks short of 33 years of service during which he…

Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner “resigns” – more to come

The Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley resigned from his position on Tuesday making the statement below. While Mr Lapsley clearly accepts responsibility for his “abrasive and confronting” manner, it is very clear that his comments are guarded and perhaps more indicative of someone who has reluctantly agreed to walk the plank for the sake…

Year 7’s at Aveley Secondary College donate to West Swan VBFB

“Those selfish Gen Z’s!” cursed the grumpy old man who has obviously never met the Year 7 students at Aveley Secondary College. Check out this great Facebook post from our expert team at the West Swan Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. A fantastic reminder that we all look back through rose-coloured glasses from time to time,…

Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters bound for the USA

As you can see from the Facebook post below and this media statement published by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson yesterday, six employees of the WA State Government are on their way to the USA as part of the 180-strong combined Australian and New Zealand contingent sent to assist with fire control. The Association had a…

AVBFB represented at Rural Volunteer Management Workshop

A “Full House” was declared by the wonderful team at the Wheatbelt Volunteer Hub last week when they hosted a Volunteer Management Workshop in Northam. As well as representatives from Kulin Bush Races,  Voice of the Avon 101.3 FM, Northam Heritage Forum, Toodyay Historical Society, Kulin Visitor Centre and Community Resource Centre, Northam Chamber of Commerce, The York Society, Anglican Parish of…

United Firefighters Union QLD weigh into “My Health”

In a direct communique to Members of the Queensland United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week, General Secretary John Oliver explained his personal decision to boycott the scheme. Although starting his message encouraging every member to make their own decision, Mr Oliver’s explanation about why he has chosen to opt out paints a fairly concerning picture.…