Kalamunda VBFB illustrate the value of urban fringe bushfire experts

It seems that since the government created a Rural Fire Division that has no particular relationship with rural Western Australia, we have received a fair number of requests from media and Members of Parliament to explain the various services that currently combine to provide the incredible emergency service coverage we enjoy. Some of those asking…

NSW RFS sponsors “Bushfire Building Conference and Forum 2018”

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud of its consistent advocacy and support for good ideas that make things better. And here’s one we came across today – the Bushfire Building Conference & Forum 2018, to be hosted by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) in the Blue Mountains and sponsored by the…

Walkaway’s 3.4 enable Wiluna VBFB to undertake structural fire training – and is put to use in real call out

The incredible ladies and gents of the Wiluna Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade have been working their arses off trying to get the tools and training they need to protect their town including structural fire fighting capacity and at least one appliance that is fit for purpose. The Member for North West Central, Vince Catania has…

NFPA: Doing Good in a good way, helping neighboring communities with wildfire safety preparedness

Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is a great reminder that despite the way it is often presented, effective bushfire mitigation involves much more than just planned (prescribed) burning. Even though the government has just raised the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) by around 10% with most…

A bouquet for DFES

The hard-working volunteers who donate hundreds of hours of their time every year to manage the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) have been shot as the messenger many times. Indeed, when we stood up for the amazing women and men of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service, leaders in the former government even tried the…

AVBFB Consultation: DRAFT Child Operational Deployment and Activities Release Form

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated for better, more thoughtful consultation with volunteers before decisions are made by the government. Needless to say, the way the DFES Rural Fire Division came about proves we’ve still got a long way to go and to Commissioner Klemm’s credit, that is openly acknowledged.…

No “off-season” for Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but doing our job of proudly representing the incredible 26,000+ women and men of the State’s largest Emergency Service has taught us something else – the good don’t get much chance to relax either! Footballers and Cricketers might think it’s the “off season” for members of the…

Minister Logan replies to AVBFB request for consultation re RFS branding

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received the letter below dated 18 July 2018 today, signed on behalf of Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan in response to correspondence we sent requesting consultation before any decisions were to be made regarding the “branding” of Western Australia’s proud volunteer bush fire service. Our letter…

The West: Western Power fight against Parkerville residents over bushfire damage a ‘grasp for immunity’

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very proud and appreciative of the support we have been able to secure for our members via the annual Western Power small equipment grant scheme. In that sense, it is somewhat troubling to see the GTE (Government Trading Enterprise) in court regarding the liability for the…

Bakers Hill Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade share knowledge with Wundowie VFRS

While there’s no shortage of differences in the cultures of the Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Service (White or Gold trucks) and DFES-controlled Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (Red trucks), the fact is Western Australia is extremely lucky to have a network of highly skilled, dedicated and professional volunteers with different areas of specialist knowledge.…