Association responds to misguided attack over Ferguson Inquiry recommendation for independent Rural Fire Service

Association responds to misguided attack over Ferguson Inquiry recommendation for independent Rural Fire Service   The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has been a strong supporter of the Ferguson Inquiry’s recommendation for the establishment of an independent Rural Fire Service. As part of our supporting efforts, we have taken the trouble to correct some…

Learn how to handle Large Animal rescues

Learn how to handle Large Animal rescues   The Horse Council of WA, in conjunction with the SES Mounted Section and the Office of Emergency Management, are sponsoring a two day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Masterclass to be held on 1-2 May. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) offers training for emergency response services,…

Consultants invited to tender for task to help VBFBs and the Association

The Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers are the cornerstone of country/urban and rural fire management and emergency response in Western Australia. Western Australia is privileged to have approximately 26,000 volunteer Bush Fire Fighters who are based at over 560 Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades throughout the state. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of…

Association meets Minister Fran Logan

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to be invited to meet the new Emergency Services Minister, Hon Fran (Francis) Logan this week. Representing the Association at the meeting were President Dave Gossage AFSM, CEO Tony Papafilis and Glenn Dewhurst. The Minister’s Chief of Staff Tom Palmer and Policy Advisor Barry Winmar were…

Lower South West ROAC in Manjimup

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented at the Lower South West ROAC held in Manjimup by Eric Nidd, our Zone representative, and CEO Tony Papafilis. The Association’s other Lower South West Zone representative Hugh Brown was also present at the meeting, albeit in his capacity as the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire CBFCO. The meeting…

Great Eastern DOAC in Merredin

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented at the Great Eastern DOAC, held on Monday, 13th March, by our Goldfields / Midlands Zone representative George Storer and Association CEO Tony Papafilis. The meeting opened with discussion about the role of DOACs and their input into decision making by DFES. This followed on a…

Association at Northam DOAC

In a busy week, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented at the Northam DOAC, held on Tuesday, 14th March, by our Goldfields / Midlands Zone representative George Storer and Association CEO Tony Papafilis. The meeting began with an inquiry from the Wongan Ballidu Shire representative about their prospects of getting a new…

Thank you, Bunnings

Glen Forrest VBFB Capt Mark Jeans, Lieut Mick Hare, and FF Peter Talbot, along with AVBFB Zone Representative John Mangini to take photos, visited Bunnings in Midland to present certificates of appreciation to staff who assisted with the fundraising sausage sizzle on Australia day. Capt Mark Jeans conveyed the brigades’ strong appreciation of their efforts,…

Association’s election summary board

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has produced its own election summary board reflecting the position of the six major parties with regard to a few key issues identified by the Association. The summary board reflects party policies and follow up discussions between the parties and the Association. The broad political support for the…

Association at the Perth North Metropolitan DOAC

The Association’s North Metro Zone Representative and DCBFCO for the City of Swan, John Mangini, attended the March 7th meeting of the Perth North District Operations Advisory Committee. Other BFS volunteers attending were DCBFCOs Ian Hollick (Chittering), Nigel Morgan (Mundaring) and RTAC Chair David Wilson. Perth North DOAC is made up of CBFCOs Jamie O’Neill…