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.…

Planned burns by drone?

We’re always thankful for those who bring our attention to innovation and technology in the fire and emergency services space – and today we thank the good folk at Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for sharing the incredible video below of a fire-throwing drone being used for a different kind of mitigation – but we…

QWN: Robyn Clarke to Minster Fran Logan re DFES Rural Fire Division

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice (QWN) was asked in Parliament on Wednesday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. AVBFB Note: As can be seen in this and other articles, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is openly grateful to Minister…

Parks and Wildlife briefs Stoneville, Glen Forest, Darlington, Darling Range, Sawyers Valley and Chidlow Brigades on fire behaviour science

Our wonderful colleagues at the Parks and Wildlife Service (PAWS) contribute so very much to Western Australia’s fire and emergency services, both operationally with the incredible contribution they make to the science of doing what we do and how we can do it more safely and effectively. That is one of the two big reasons…

DFES Rural Fire Division ED Murray Carter explaining the new part of the Department to volunteers and LG staff at the Lower South West ROAC in Margaret River 21-06-2018

AVBFB in Margaret River for ROAC

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend the Lower South West Regional Operations Advisory Committee (ROAC) meeting in Margaret River this morning. These valuable triannual meetings bring together volunteers and representatives of Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to discuss recent events and future issues regarding the region’s PPRR…

Minister wraps up regional DRFD tour with a visit to the mid-west

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, various DFES and Ministerial staff have added another couple of thousand kilometres on their DFES RFD Tour, visiting the mid-west last weekend stopping at Geraldton, Northampton and Carnarvon to brief local volunteers about the new section of…