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.…

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…