Applications invited for Association – Western Power grants up to $5,000, closing 1st June

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in partnership with Western Power invites applications from Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades for grants up to $5,000. The application period will close on 1st June and applications can only be accepted from brigades located in areas linked to Western Power’s integrated electricity network. Brigades are not eligible if…

Support for Rural Fire Service reflects the Association’s position

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades draws readers’ attention to several letters to The West Australian supporting the Ferguson Inquiry recommendations. These letters are an important reminder that people with an interest in bush fire management have not forgotten the purpose or outcome of the Ferguson Inquiry, including the recommendation for an independent Rural…

How a prescribed burn helped stop two bush fires – evidence to counter dangerously reckless views

Lifting our prescribed burning effort has been a long standing topic of advocacy by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. The need for prescribed burning in helping protect communities from bush fires is well known to the Association, volunteers and anyone else with bush fire experience. Alas, the wisdom behind prescribed burning remains elusive…

Nominations open for Fire Fighting Awards 2017

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades calls on Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to get busy nominating individuals and Brigades for the Fire Fighting Awards 2017. Nominations close 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd May. The following category of awards are applicable to Bush Fire Brigades, including cadets: ·         Murray Lang Bush Fire Service award; ·         Team…

Rural fire service plan up in smoke

Regional West Australians can forget about an Eastern States-style rural fire service, because of the deterioration of the Budget, new Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has indicated. An independent rural bushfire service was the key recommendation out of the official investigation into last year’s devastating Waroona bushfire, which all but destroyed Yarloop and killed two…