Association helps with new FCV for Albany’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades

Albany’s regional community has shown its appreciation to their Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades by raising $72,000 for a new, a state-of-the-art Forward Control Vehicle (FCV) equipped with the latest in communication and computer technology. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, in partnership with Western Power, was pleased to help the community effort by approving…

Research provides insight to the unseen effects of major fires

The Beyond Bushfires: Community Resilience and Recovery study was conducted to examine the impacts of the Black Saturday and related bushfires of February 2009 on community members’ physical and mental health and wellbeing. The research also aimed to build understanding of the interplay between individual, social and community-level recovery.   The six year study involving over…

Association’s Executive elections: stability and unity

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades held its annual elections for Executive Committee positions last Saturday, 19th November 2016. The current Executive Committee members were all re-elected unopposed to their respective positions. The Association’s Executive Committee for the next 12 months are: President, Dave Gossage AFSM; Vice President, Phil Penny; Secretary, John Mangini; and Treasurer,…

Volunteers Conference 2016 rated best yet

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades attended the Emergency Volunteers’ Conference Committee meeting this week to discuss the volunteers’ feedback on this year’s conference. Volunteers rated this year’s conference the best yet with generally high ratings for the overall organisation and content. The Association acknowledges the enormous effort by DFES staff and representatives from…

Employer Recognition Awards 2016

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates the sixty eight Western Australian businesses, including self-employed volunteers, who were recipients of the Volunteer Employer recognition Awards for 2016. The awards recognise the vital contribution of employers through their support for emergency services volunteers.  The Awards Ceremony was opened by Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne…

Farewelling Stephen McDonald

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades received calls inquiring about Steve McDonald’s funeral from volunteers who were unable to attend. The Association sought approval from Steve’s wife Wendy to share the eulogy of his life and fire story with you all.   There were many volunteers at the funeral who travelled from across the state,…

Government offers new counselling for Waroona-Yarloop fire victims

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the government’s announcement of a new and free counselling service available for people affected by the Waroona-Yarloop bushfires.   This will be a considerable improvement for Yarloop residents who previously only had access to counselling by telephone or with services located out of the town.  Child Protection Minister…