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…

Association spends time in Parliament

After meeting with the Minister’s staff and Ceri from Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the State President and Vice President went to Parliament to meet with several Members of Parliament. Time was spent with Murray Cowper discussing issues from his constituents in the area of volunteerism, vehicles and equipment the Ferguson report and his…

Thank you, Western Power

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades expresses its appreciation to Western Power, and particularly its new CEO, Mr Guy Chalkley, for hearing our pleas over the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades grants scheme and offering to be a sponsor for our Annual Conference Dinner. Volunteers and the Association’s Committee were stunned by the recent announcement…

Association running hard to keep up with government activities

It has been another busy week for the Association’s representatives trying to keep up with the range of activities within government that impact on Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, including the definition of what is a normal brigade activity. Over the past week, Association representatives have attended meetings to discuss legislation currently before Parliament, further discussions on…

Upper Great Southern DOAC in Narrogin

Last week the Upper Great Southern zone held its District Operational Advisory Committee meeting in Narrogin at the DFES Regional Office. We thank DFES for their hospitality in hosting the meeting. The meeting got through a lot of matters with guidance from the Chair, Wes Baker. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented the…

Volunteer survey closing soon

The national Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey closes on Monday, 29th August. We encourage volunteers to make their views known on a range of issues affecting volunteers including your views on how your brigade functions and the support you get from your local government and DFES. The survey is organised by Volunteers Fire Brigades Victoria…