Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry

The report of the special inquiry titled Reframing Rural Fire Management: Report of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire, was tabled in Parliament by the Premier on Thursday 23 June 2016. When releasing the report it was made clear that the government would receive further responses in consideration of the findings and…

Recognition for employers who support volunteers

Does your employer support your emergency volunteering? Employer support is critical for BFB volunteers and it is important to recognise their support for your volunteering. Nomination period has now opened for the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards and will close at 4pm on Wednesday, 17th August. This is an opportunity to give such recognition to employers whose support…

AVBFB – North Metropolitan Brigades Meeting

The Association’s representatives were pleased with the turnout for the AVBFB – combined North Metropolitan VBFBs meeting. It was a productive meeting held in a friendly, collegiate atmosphere with considerable enthusiasm for making the Association a much more effective representative body for BFB volunteers. The meeting was an initiative of the brigades to facilitate closer…

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…