AVBFB well supported at Liquor Industry Awards

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster attended the 24th Liquor Industry Awards at Crown Perth last night. The AVBFB were there as guests of the powerful Liquor Stores Association of WA (LSAWA) who selected the association as its nominated charity for this year. As well as the…

ELA: Report on discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in the CFA and MFB to be withheld.

With thanks to the wonderful Michael Eburn from Emergency Law Australia the article below is a useful legal view of a serious and significant precedent that was set in the Victorian Court of Appeals this week. For our members in WA, the relevance isn’t just that the Victorian government felt it was worthy to formally investigate…

AVBFB on the road: South West

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage hit the road again recently to catch up with Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades through the South West and lower South West. Whilst out and about, Dave swung by the Shire of Nannup and found a number of volunteers from different brigades in…

Local Governments invited to tender for Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The government has sought to mitigate tensions around where its promised Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) will be built by calling for tenders from Local Governments. Regular readers will know that Shadow Emergency Services Minister Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC asked this Question Without Notice in Parliament on 17 May regarding how United Firefighters Union State…

AVBFB provides DRFD update in Bunbury (with a very special guest)

AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Bunbury VBFB Captain Terri Kowal (front) presenting the briefing on the DFES RFD and other news to around 50 south west volunteers including AVBFB Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster (in the Gold Bush Fire Service shirt at the back).Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage, Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster and…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

Thank you to all who attended and helped at AFAC – we punched above our weight again!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sincerely thanks the hundreds of volunteers who took time off work and away from their families to attend the 2018 AFAC Conference in Perth last week. The Committee of the AVBFB (and all other associations) worked very hard with DFES staff for months to ensure volunteers were…