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…

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…