Free hearing checks

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades are offered free hearing checks by AudioClinic. Hearing is one of our most precious senses and is fundamental to our overall health, wellbeing and quality of life It is now estimated that 1 in 6 people are affected by some form of hearing loss. AudioClinic are offering groups that meet on…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Committee, staff and volunteer helpers at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades wish all members of Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of Western Australia, your families, and all our friends in the emergency services community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You can feel comfortable that for Western Australia’s…

Association in talks with DFES on volunteer advisory groups

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was invited to meet this week with Stuart Wade, Superintendent Operational Resources, to discuss DFES’ progress on volunteer advisory groups for vehicles, equipment and clothing. The Association was represented by President Dave Gossage AFSM and Vice President Phil Penny and accompanied by Tony Papafilis. We appreciate Superintendent Wade…

First responder map pack available

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the release of the First Responder Map Pack by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). DFES have developed an electronic mapping solution designed to inform and facilitate first response navigation, situational awareness and planning. DFES Intelligence Branch has created a first responder map pack that…

Where is fire fighter safety heading?

The Australasian Firefighting Authorities Council (AFAC) has released a series of documents that form their proposed work health and safety doctrine. Whilst this is directed at public service fire fighters, it is an indicator of what may impact volunteers in the future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades encourages consideration of the proposals, and…

Ideas wanted for AFAC conference presentations

The Australasian Firefighting Authorities Council (AFAC) will be holding its annual conference next year in Sydney at the International Convention Centre. The theme for the conference is “Collaborating for success – improving performance in emergency management”, a worthy theme indeed. AFAC is looking for ideas for conference presentations by those undertaking some research in this…

International Volunteer Day

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades joins people across the world in saying thank you to all the volunteers on this International Volunteer Day. We particularly thank the Bush Fire Brigades’ Volunteers of Western Australia for their dedication and devotion to protecting our communities from the ravages of bush fires.