Aveley fire aftermath, as seen from a drone. This indicates how close it got to houses. Photo: David Baylis

The Advocate: Fire commissioner admits warning about Aveley blaze ‘not good enough’

AVBFB note: It’s wonderfully refreshing to see Government officials admit that something went wrong and take responsibility for making it better in future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) therefore congratulates FES Commissioner Darren Klemm for his commendable response to this issue and we look forward to seeing the reports of this and…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

It’s ON: Western Power increases the voltage on volunteer support!

We posted this article last week explaining that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received powerful applications from 141 Brigades for up to $5,000 as part of our annual Western Power small grants scheme. The program always generates a lot of buzz among our members, but the huge response this year came as…

Pre-dawn off-roading, hunting, community education and a rope swing – all in a day’s work for the crew at East Swan VBFB

Well, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) says WA’s largest emergency service is “Diverse, Rewarding and Invaluable” – and here’s the proof! The team at East Swan VBFB posted a Facebook article last week that is a wonderful example of some of the unusual situations many of our 26,000 women and men find…

Rural Fire Division: Information for Brigades

What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)? How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry? Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES? Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the…

Wallcliffe VBFB Facebook 15-04-2018o

Wallcliffe VBFB’s excellent post about local mitigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated the need for more support and resources for Local Governments and their Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to undertake important all-year-round mitigation works, including prescribed burning. Not only does science show that mitigation is many, many times “cheaper” than the cost of bushfire suppression, hazard…