The Advertiser: SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon pledges cut to ESL for all, elimination for SA’s 15,000 emergency services volunteers

Treasurer urged to reduce ESL after 2017 bushfire-free summer Emergency service volunteer numbers nosedive since ESL increase EMERGENCY service volunteers would be exempt from paying the emergency services levy and all households would get a cut in the bill under an election pledge from SA Best. The State Government controversially doubled the property-based charge in…

AFAC opinion piece: AFAC no AMA but working hard to support you

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has previously sought and been refused membership of AFAC because it does not represent WA’s largest emergency service, our invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Service. Nevertheless, the AVBFB recognises that AFAC currently has some influence to state and national policy and we therefore try to stay as involved…

The Alert SA app crashed during a weekend of catastrophic fire danger and a serious bushfire. ABC News: Stuart Stansfield

ABC News: Alert SA scrapped by State Government after failure during catastrophic fire conditions

A new emergency services smartphone application, Alert SA, will be ditched by the South Australian Government after users could not access fire alerts during catastrophic weather conditions on Saturday. Saturday’s weather created what Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton described as the “worst fire danger conditions seen in years”, but the app collapsed before it was…

ABC: Virtual reality bushfires recreate nightmare scenarios to encourage disaster planning

  Fire authorities are using virtual reality to place Victorians in worst-case bushfire scenarios to encourage them to better prepare for a disaster. The virtual reality program shows the user the possible fatal consequences if they act too late when a bushfire has broken out. The Victorian Government will take the program to Echuca, Benalla,…

Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations pays tribute to 250,000+ volunteers

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) has today paid tribute to the efforts of volunteers across Australia, who risk their lives and work tirelessly to protect communities. Today marks International Volunteer Day – a chance to celebrate and thank volunteers for the contribution they make. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken Middleton said Australia owes a huge…

CAVFA Media Statement: Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between CAVFA and NSESVA

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and the National State Emergency Service Volunteers Association (NSESVA) will sign an agreement for mutual understanding, co-operation and collaboration when representing Australia’s emergency service volunteers. This Memorandum of Understanding, when signed, will provide a united voice in discussion and negotiation on matters of mutual interest. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken…