Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…

Stephen Treeby out the front of the Mandogalup Bush Fire Brigade headquarters. Photo: Weekend Courier

Mandogalup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade stalwart recognised for 46 years service in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

A DRIVING force of the Mandogalup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade was recognised for his 46 years’ service in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Wandi resident Stephen Treeby was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for serving his community, and leading, coaching and mentoring his firefighters with distinction throughout his long career. He has been involved…

Funding grants for women’s leadership development

The AVBFB is deeply proud to represent thousands of incredible women who actively volunteer in the many front line and support roles that make our diverse service so invaluable to Western Australia. We strongly encourage all of those – and the men who support them – to apply for one of the Women & Leadership…

Clarke behind bushfire accord

The contention over the development of a fully-independent fire service in the Murray-Wellington region continues, with newly-elected Labor MP Robyn Clarke hoping to establish community discussion before the next fire season. Ms Clarke is hoping to have a proposal to present to state caucus on the establishment of a rural fire service before the next…

Inside the firestorm

New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames. Aircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather. The twin-propeller plane is sleek, petite, and so packed with scientific gear for studying the atmosphere that there’s barely room for two passengers to squeeze into its back seats. Monitors show radar reflections, gas concentrations…

Fire resilience workshop

Our friends at South Coast NRM and the City of Albany are presenting a Fire Resilience Workshop on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The event promises an interactive and entertaining presentation by the Forever Projects’ Chris Ferreira, learning about: Balancing fire safety with biodiversity Designing a more fire-safe, productive and sustainable famr Fire-safe design principles for…

CFA split ‘fight’s not over yet’, Daniel Andrews warned

VOLUNTEERS have warned the “fight’s not over yet” in their battle to block Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ bid to split the Country Fire Authority. The warning follows the Premier’s announcement last Friday that his Government would submit legislation to Parliament stripping paid firefighters from the CFA’s 35 integrated stations and merging them with Melbourne’s metropolitan…

‘Era of Megafires’ Promotes Prescribed Burns, Proactive Fire Planning

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kufm/audio/2017/04/MN-era-megafires-04-26-17.mp3 For Flathead Valley resident Charlotte Chrisman, wildfire on her private land is not a question of if, but when. “It’s like, you know, have you hit a deer? Well not yet,” Chrisman says. Chrisman owns a 310-acre lot up the North Fork of the Flathead River in a remote, densely forested area abutting the…

AVBFB meets ERA regarding ESL

Representatives of the AVBFB met with the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) this week to follow up on our written submission to the current Emergency Services Levy (ESL) Review. While the discussion was very wide ranging, we took the opportunity to emphasize a few very important key points with regard to the ESL and how it…

Volunteer Week Message from the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) is a national body whose members are the state based volunteer representative bodies such as the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. The combined group nationwide represents over 250,000 volunteers in various fire services with bush fire and rural fire services accounting for the vast majority of…