Attention: Five Important Reminders!

There are several deadlines looming on matters for VBFB members so please take note of these reminders and share them with your peers who may not be aware. Nomination period for Association Zone Representatives closes next Friday, 29th July 2016! For more details and access to the information package and nomination forms, refer to our…

Congratulations to Lachlan Bormolini

The Association, on behalf of all VBFBs, congratulates Lachlan Bormolini for winning the Country Women’s Association’s Young Volunteer of the Year Award. The Cadet Volunteer Bushfire Brigade member from Bedfordale won the award for outstanding community service. It was a special day for Lachlan who was presented with the award by the Governor, Her Excellency the…

2016 Volunteer Survey open until 29th August

The Ferguson Inquiry recommended that volunteers be surveyed to gauge their views and priorities. The Association pre-empted the need for such work in support of our volunteers by having WA included in the “Nationwide” 2016 Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey which is totally independent of all state agencies. We encourage volunteers to make your views…

Experience supports an independent Rural Fire Service for WA

The following letter supportive of Euan Ferguson’s recommendation for an independent Rural Fire Service was sent to the Association by Leonard Carter AFSM.EFO.BSc, retired Group Captain with the NSW Rural Fire Service. Leonard’s brief letter explains the background to the formation of the NSW Rural Fire Service that has parallels to our current situation in WA. __________________________________________________________________________________________  …

Finalists announced for Firefighting Awards 2016

The 2016 Firefighting Awards honour the achievements of fire and emergency services individuals and groups who have demonstrated dedication to duty beyond expectations. The Association congratulates all nominated finalists and wishes best of luck to the VBFB contenders. The finalists are:   Youth Achievement Award Brandon McKinlay – Metropolitan VFRS Struan Graham – Wanneroo Central…

WA volunteer bush firefighters will only support rural fire service independent of Department of Fire and Emergency Services

The WA Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says a rural fire service would only work if it operated as a separate entity to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) because of cultural differences. The establishment of a rural fire service was one of the main recommendations of an inquiry into January’s Yarloop/Waroona…

CFA Crisis: Chief fire officer Joe Buffone quits

The chief fire officer of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority has become the latest victim of Premier Daniel Andrews workplace deal with the United Firefighters Union. CFA chief officer Joe Buffone resigned after his position became “untenable.” As first reported by The Age there had been significant pressure on Mr Buffone to endorse a new deal with the union, something he…

Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passes Lower House with support from all sides

The Emergency Management Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the Legislative Assembly with support from all political parties.  The Bill’s purposes include the sensible streamlining of the process for declaring an emergency situation, redefining the term hazard for emergency purposes and allocating to the State Emergency Management Committee the task of reporting to the Minister on…

Petition: Create an independently funded and administered Rural Fire Service in Western Australia

A petition in support of an independent Rural Fire Service has been started by Lance Duivenbode. Below is Lance’s message and you can add your name to his petition through the following link https://www.change.org/p/premier-colin-barnett-create-an-independently-funded-and-administered-country-fire-bush-fire-service . This is an important issue for all volunteer bush fire fighters so we encourage volunteers and the community at large…

Association congratulates Euan Ferguson on his candid report

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the report and findings of the Ferguson Inquiry into the Waroona Fires. The Association’s Executive Committee Members, President Dave Gossage AFSM, Vice President Phil Penny, Secretary John Mangini and Treasurer Lorraine Webster were at the community meeting in Harvey for the public release of the Report. A noticeable presence of…