WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…

ECHO News: Cuppa in thanks

PERTH Hills volunteer firefighters enjoyed tea and cake with Premier Mark McGowan as a thank you for their efforts in fighting the New Year’s Day Darlington fire. As reported in Fire hits close to home for Darlington volunteers (Echo News, January 12) the blaze began in the Hudman Road Amphitheatre near Boya Quarry and quickly became out-of-control…

GWN7: Gelorup EMERGENCY, injured volunteers, caused by angle grinder

For those who aren’t aware, nearly 100 firefighters including volunteers from neighbouring Bush Fire Brigades spent much of yesterday at a dangerous fire in Gelorup just south of Bunbury and will undoubtedly be onsite dampening down for days to come. Two Volunteer Bush Fire Fighters were lucky to survive with relatively minor injuries (both OK…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

FAC: Using Community Base Maps to Improve the Safety and Effectiveness of Wildfire Response

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been saying it forever – when it comes to preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies, nothing beats local knowledge. Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the Fire Adapted Communities website in the US that not only confirms the need for local knowledge…

AVBFB Vice President Phil Penny recognised as Citizen of the Year

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.…

Collie Mail: Quick response ‘key’ to stopping bushfire

Here’s a great article from our friends at the Collie Mail that goes to the heart of why WA needs to preserve it’s impressive network of smaller volunteer fire brigades rather than merge, streamline or amalgamate and end up with larger ones in less places. See the headline chosen by our journalistic partners – “Quick…

Collie Mail: Premier Coal helps out bush fire brigade (where ESL fails)

Congratulations and thank you Premier Coal / Yancoal. Without taking away from the recognition Premier Coal deserves for supporting the Allanson Brigade, it is very important that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) explains to members that we have raised the issue of defibrillators being supplied to other volunteer fire services through the…

SBS News: Bushfire season: What are firestorms and how can we fight them?

New research has helped develop a model for predicting firestorms which it’s hoped can save lives by informing firefighters’ decisions. Every summer, Australia’s firefighters struggle with the ferocity of bushfires. But when fires suddenly become firestorms, they can become deadly. What are firestorms? University New South Wales researcher Dr Rachel Badlan told SBS News firestorms…

Mayor John Bowler said if the new DFES superintendent was not willing to live in Kalgoorlie he should not have been given the job. Photo: Kalgoorlie Miner

Kalgoorlie Miner: Remote fire chief ‘disgrace’

Mayor John Bowler says the decision to employ a Northam-based superintendent to lead the Goldfields-Midland fire services is an “absolute disgrace”. Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting deputy commissioner operations Gary Gifford said the operational capability and service delivery would remain the same for Kalgoorlie-Boulder, despite the role being based in Northam. “The residential…

PerthNow: Women Fireys get the call

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) reminds readers that as well as the full-time career firefighting roles being promoted in the article below, a much higher percentage of women find both frontline firefighting and many other very important and satisfying roles within their local volunteer brigades. Regardless of gender or other defining feature,…