Nominations for Volunteer Advisory Groups to close 3rd March

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades advises all BFB Volunteers interested in being a representative on one of three Volunteer Advisory Groups that nominations will close on Friday, 3rd March 2017.   Nominations are invited for representatives on three groups, those being: ·         Volunteer Vehicles Advisory Group; ·         PPE and Uniform Advisory Group; ·        …

Premier Barnett’s surprising announcement a welcome pledge for Bush Fire Brigades

Premier Colin Barnett surprised the emergency sector and the general community with his announcement that, if re-elected, his government would establish the administrative headquarters for an independent Rural Fire Service in Collie-Preston. Premier Barnett’s announcement was welcomed by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that has advocated for such reform as recommended by the…

Nominations sought for Volunteer Advisory Groups

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades invites nominations for representatives on three Volunteer Advisory Groups. The three groups are: ·         Volunteer Vehicles Advisory Group; ·         PPE and Uniform Advisory Group; ·         Operational Equipment Advisory Group. These Advisory Groups are the replacement for the former Vehicle and Equipment Advisory Committee that was disbanded by DFES…

Unity for common purpose applauded

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades appreciates the messages of support we have received for the united group we have formed with the SES Volunteers Association, the Emergency Services Volunteers Association, WAFarmers and the PGA to work together for the common purpose of improving community safety through better management of emergency services. The group…

Plaudits for Harvey Water initiative

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades offers its plaudits to Harvey Water for its initiative in supplying nine local brigades with specialised fire hydrant fittings that can be used to draw water from Harvey Water’s irrigation system during emergencies. Harvey Water also provided training for 17 volunteers from those brigades and maps showing the…

Your experience can help Evacuation Planning

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is currently reviewing the Evacuation Planning Handbook and is undertaking a survey to gather views of people with experience with evacuations. Given the last few years of major events, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades would encourage volunteers with some experience of evacuations to contribute their knowledge…

Greens WA release Bush Fire Readiness policy

The Greens WA Party released its Bush Fire Readiness policy this week. Their policy agenda is published below. The policy release has been welcomed by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, the State Emergency Service Volunteers’ Association, the Emergency Services Volunteers Association, WAFarmers and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association who have worked together to…

Pauline Hanson’s support for Volunteer Bush Fire fighters recognised in WA

Last year witnessed a politically vicious campaign orchestrated by the Victorian United Fire Fighters Union. The campaign was to pressure the Victorian Labor government to force the Country Fire Authority to sign an enterprise agreement that would give the union significant control over the volunteer fire fighters operating under the Country Fire Authority. The industrial…