Emergency Services minister Fran Logan and Marine Rescue volunteer Daniel Beer with the new VOIP communications equipment at Point Moore Picture: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Guardian: VOIP a boost for Geraldton marine rescue group

The Volunteer Marine Rescue service in Geraldton has acquired revolutionary new communications equipment in the form of a voice over internet protocol system used to run life-saving missions. Volunteer Daniel Beard said the new VOIP system allowed volunteers to massively expand their capability by viewing data, videos, maps and graphics on-screen while communicating with multiple…

At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

The Erickson air crane, aka Elvis, battles a blaze in Victoria. Two former fire chiefs are concerned such craft will soon be unavailable to Australia. CREDIT:JASON SOUTH

SMH: ‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril

Australia’s firefighting capacity will fall short unless it buys its own fleet of water-bombing aircraft rather than borrowing them from overseas because monster blazes burning simultaneously across the globe are becoming the norm, two respected former fire chiefs have warned. However the federal government says purchasing a national firefighting air fleet would be too expensive…

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…

ECHO News: Cuppa in thanks

PERTH Hills volunteer firefighters enjoyed tea and cake with Premier Mark McGowan as a thank you for their efforts in fighting the New Year’s Day Darlington fire. As reported in Fire hits close to home for Darlington volunteers (Echo News, January 12) the blaze began in the Hudman Road Amphitheatre near Boya Quarry and quickly became out-of-control…

GWN7: Gelorup EMERGENCY, injured volunteers, caused by angle grinder

For those who aren’t aware, nearly 100 firefighters including volunteers from neighbouring Bush Fire Brigades spent much of yesterday at a dangerous fire in Gelorup just south of Bunbury and will undoubtedly be onsite dampening down for days to come. Two Volunteer Bush Fire Fighters were lucky to survive with relatively minor injuries (both OK…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

FAC: Using Community Base Maps to Improve the Safety and Effectiveness of Wildfire Response

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been saying it forever – when it comes to preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, nothing beats local knowledge. Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the Fire Adapted Communities website in the US that not only confirms the need for local knowledge…

AVBFB Vice President Phil Penny recognised as Citizen of the Year

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.…

Collie Mail: Quick response ‘key’ to stopping bushfire

Here’s a great article from our friends at the Collie Mail that goes to the heart of why WA needs to preserve it’s impressive network of smaller volunteer fire brigades rather than merge, streamline or amalgamate and end up with larger ones in less places. See the headline chosen by our journalistic partners – “Quick…