Association calls on UFU to stick to its traditional role and cease meddling in the bush fire sector

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades is warning all communities exposed to bush fire risks to be vigilant against union inspired political manouvering to undermine the reform agenda in its opposition to an independent Rural Fire Service. The government’s response to the Ferguson Inquiry recommendations was barely announced when the United Firefighters Union was…

Insurance question answered

Insurance coverage for Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers comes up routinely as a topic of inquiry from volunteers. One aspect of insurance that has been raised with the Association recently involves personally owned vehicles. The following information has been sourced by the Association from Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS). Cover is provided for loss or damage…

A successful Volunteers’ Conference and congratulations to Award Winners and nominees

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates all those from the various Associations and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services who were involved in putting together a successful and well run 2016 Emergency Services Volunteers’ Conference. A record crowd of more than 700 volunteers from all emergency services attended the conference. The feedback…

Raffle Draw Results

The winners of the Association’s raffle prizes were drawn at the Annual Conference Dinner by the Hon Jim Chown MLC, Liberal Party, who attended the dinner representing the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Joe Francis. Congratulations to Richard McHenry from Manning (Perth) for winning the first prize as well as to Kim Gooding from Kukerin…

Association attends Midwest DOAC and finds out that high season vehicle numbers almost halved

The Midwest DOAC meeting was held at the Coorow Community Centre this week with Steven Lloyd, the Association’s regional representative, taking the Chair. We thank the Coorow Shire for hosting the meeting and their hospitality for those in attendance. Special thanks to the Shire’s Deputy CEO, Leanne Parola, who attended the meeting and volunteered to…

National Cadet Championships on again

  Association State President Mr Dave Gossage AFSM took time out from the AFAC conference to meet with the NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (pictured) to discuss the National Cadet Championships. Mr Gossage said it was great to have a Commissioner that is passionate about community and the youth of the future. This dedication was reflected in…

Association calls for bi-partisan support for Respect Volunteers Bill

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressing our support and appreciation for his government’s initiative to protect the interests of emergency services volunteers and their local communities from excessive interference by unions. The Prime Minister introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill 2016…