AVBFB appoints first ever full time employee

The association and charity that represents and supports Western Australia’s largest emergency service – the 26,000-strong Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has significantly enhanced its capacity to manage what it says are increasingly complex and challenging policy and stakeholder relationship issues. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has announced that the currently part-time…

Bush Fire Volunteers at the Shire of Mundaring BBQ to thanks local ES volunteers

We thank the Shire of Mundaring for thanking Jan and her colleagues

It’s fair to say most local governments know just how valuable their incredible Bush Fire volunteers are, but not as many have the capacity or take the time to officially recognise it. Now, we need to be careful here – the incredible women and men we represent are certainly not knocking on our doors telling…

Western Power donates $50,000 to volunteer bush fire brigades

Western Power has partnered with the peak body for WA’s 26,000 volunteer bush fire brigade members again in 2019 to provide small grants to brigades for much-needed equipment and resources. Under the agreement, Western Power has generously provided $50,000 to fund equipment and resources for a minimum of 10 brigades located within the organisation’s service…

Peak body makes innovative offer to add significant value to Bushfire Centre of Excellence and local community

Key points: Bush fire brigades peak body offers to move its headquarters to the Shire of Murray to improve cooperation and collaboration between volunteers, Rural Fire Division (RFD) and local governments. Offer includes innovative proposal to incorporate Centre for Bushfire Education and Heritage (CBEH) concept to showcase its fleet of up to 20 historical vehicles…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcome Federal attention

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (AVBFB) has welcomed a $26m investment announced yesterday by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said the association that represents Western Australia’s largest and most diverse emergency service was very pleased to see the Federal…

Media statement: Partnership empowers Local Government Bush Fire Volunteers and Managers

Media Statement Partnership empowers local government bush fire volunteers and managers In an Australian first, a specialist software development company has partnered directly with emergency services volunteers and produced a purpose-built volunteer management system designed to empower volunteers and help recognise their vital contribution to our community. The agreement between Australian software company Swiftworks Pty…

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement The Association representing WA’s largest emergency service – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has welcomed the State Government’s creation of a new Rural Fire Division. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said although there is still a lot of detail to be confirmed, his Association is very…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

ERA’s Emergency Services Levy Report: Volunteers look to the future

The peak body for Western Australia’s largest emergency service has welcomed today’s publication of the ERA’s Review of the Emergency Services Levy: Final Report, supporting many of its recommendations. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said the oversight and transparency of the ESL have been major points of contention within and between the various emergency services for…

Prescribed burning result a good start, but a lot of catch up required

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has today congratulated the government for both achieving the best prescribed burning results in 29 years and perhaps more importantly, giving the issue Ministerial attention. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said today’s media statement released by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson was very positive, but it also highlights just…

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General

Media Statement – Volunteer Bush Fire Service welcomes report of Auditor General The Association representing 77% of WA’s emergency service personnel has welcomed today’s report from the Auditor General into the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) Support and Preparedness of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers. AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said that on first…