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…

Well done, City of Albany

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades applaud the City of Albany for its efforts to support and recognise volunteers. This time, the City’s staff took the new, community sponsored, Forward Control Vehicle to Manypeaks Hall on Wednesday night. It was an opportunity for the North East Sector Brigades to see the vehicle and a…

Labor promises a bush fire summit

The Labor Party made a further announcement this week on the subject of bush fire management with the main point being the promise of a Bushfire Mitigation Summit. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades would support such an initiative in the general sense of bringing various community interests behind an improved approach to bush…

Premier Barnett writes to reform group, no more ambiguity on independent Rural Fire Service

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has been one of many experienced and knowledgeable voices calling for reform of the current bush fire management structure. We have said that emergency services were being guided along the wrong path toward a centralised model that has been cultivated steadily by the central government agency for more than a decade. This view,…