Witchcliffe VBFB Facebook 27-05-2018

Experts in bushfire, highly proficient in so much more…

Diverse indeed! The invaluable 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service are the experts in bush fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for sure. But as farmers, engineers, teachers, nurses, lawyers and home-makers, they also bring a huge array of other skills that combine to make them the absolutely awesome team they are.…

Bedfordale VFBF at HBF Run For a Reason 27-05-2018

Wherever the need and whatever is needed…

They came (to the HBF RunForAReason), they raised ($6,800 for Sirens of Silence) and they ran (12 km’s in turnout gear!) Congratulations to the amazing Bush Fire Volunteers who joined the team from Bedfordale VBFB yesterday under stormy skies to yet again, put themselves out for the benefit of others in our community. From Albany…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

DFES job opportunity: Coordinator Digital Communications

The following advertisement is currently listed by DFES on seek.com.au. We STRONGLY encourage those with the required skills and an understanding of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service to apply. Coordinator Digital Communications Non-Operational Division Position Number: P006465 Salary/Level: $99,966 – $110,590 Type: Fixed Term – Full Time Location: Cockburn Central Job Description ​​​​THE ROLE An…

The AVBFB has not changed its position

Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation distributed claiming the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has changed its position on the government’s recent announcements regarding the Rural Fire Division and other associated decisions. We have not. Since the government announced its decisions on 13 April, the AVBFB has consistently: provided public comment in support…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA 2017-

Yarloop VBFB – Statement by Member for Murray-Wellington

The following statement was made in Parliament yesterday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA and published for the interest of members. The Association thanks the Member for making the effort to acknowledge the work of the Brigade and individuals involved. YARLOOP VOLUNTEER BUSH FIRE BRIGADE Statement by Member for Murray–Wellington MRS R. CLARKE…