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…

ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

QwN: Mia Davies to Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan re access to volunteers

The following Question Without Notice was asked by Mia Davies, Leader of the Nationals WA and answered by Hon Fran Logan, Emergency Services Minister today in the Legislative Assembly. We sometimes edit out the irrelevant interactions we record but on this occasion, have provided the full transcript so members can see just how much passion…

VFBV: CFA Volunteer peak body calls for sensible compromise on VEOHRC report

The peak body for CFA Volunteers is frustrated that a legal technicality has again been successfully used to stop the release of a government report into allegations of intimidation and discrimination within the State’s fire services. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) CEO Andrew Ford said the State’s 60,000 unpaid CFA personnel are tired of there…

BNHCRC: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2018

With much of southern Australia experiencing a combination of above average temperatures and below average rainfall this year, large parts of the country face above normal bushfire potential over the coming months. The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2018 shows fire potential across New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and southern Western Australia and Queensland. The warmer and…

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…

ABC interviews Dave Gossage and former Obama ES advisor

ABC Australia Wide’s Sinead Mangan interviews the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage representing the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and Craig Fugate, former administrator of FEMA in the United States and was an advisor to President Barrack Obama. Note: If the audio player above does not load for you, please…

ABC: Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

One of the country’s leading bushfire experts warns Australia needs to prepare for the threat of year-round bushfires. Drought is crippling New South Wales and large parts of Queensland, setting the stage for a bad fire season in Australia with blazes already burning large tracts of land in recent weeks. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research…

Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner “resigns” – more to come

The Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley resigned from his position on Tuesday making the statement below. While Mr Lapsley clearly accepts responsibility for his “abrasive and confronting” manner, it is very clear that his comments are guarded and perhaps more indicative of someone who has reluctantly agreed to walk the plank for the sake…

United Firefighters Union QLD weigh into “My Health”

In a direct communique to Members of the Queensland United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week, General Secretary John Oliver explained his personal decision to boycott the scheme. Although starting his message encouraging every member to make their own decision, Mr Oliver’s explanation about why he has chosen to opt out paints a fairly concerning picture.…

NSW RFS sponsors “Bushfire Building Conference and Forum 2018”

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud of its consistent advocacy and support for good ideas that make things better. And here’s one we came across today – the Bushfire Building Conference & Forum 2018, to be hosted by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) in the Blue Mountains and sponsored by the…

ABC: Tathra bushfire: Inquiry finds ‘palpable animosity’ between NSW firefighting agencies

Four months since bushfires ripped through Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast, an independent review has found “palpable animosity” between the state’s firefighting organisations and called for urgent reform. The inquiry observed that friction between members of Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) meant “the common enemy of…