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,…

Herald Sun: Firey jobs to be opened up to women in bid to end boys’ club

“Disruptive strategies” will be employed to combat the sexist boys’ club culture in Australia’s fire and emergency services and increase the number of women in frontline and leadership roles. This will include calling out behaviour that creates an unsafe environment for women and applying a “gender-­balance, diversity and inclusion” lens to recruitment and decision-making, a…

Hills Gazette: Perth firefighters star in world-first TV documentary series Bushfire Wars on National Geographic

IN the Perth Hills easterly winds are screaming in from the hot desert and temperatures are soaring. An arsonist has lit two fires and the blaze is out of control and threatening Mundaring Weir, a water treatment plant, Pickering Brook, and even the Parks and Wildlife Service Mundaring District Headquarters. The fastest response is from…