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…

What went wrong in Yarloop: reports released on devastating bushfire

The current system for managing bushfire in WA is “failing citizens and the Government”, according to the official report into January’s Yarloop-Waroona bushfire. The report, titled Reframing Rural Fire Management, has been tabled in Parliament by Premier Colin Barnett this morning. In his introduction to the report special inquirer Euan Ferguson wrote witnesses had “variously…

Farmers fired up for reforms

The State Government doesn’t know it yet. But the long-awaited Ferguson report into the disastrous Yarloop fires earlier this year, released to the public today by Premier Colin Barnett at Harvey, will be the oxygen farmers require to push for major reforms to control country bush fires. There is already a queue forming to speak…

AFAC16 Youth Scholarship Opportunity

Nominations are now invited for the inaugural AFAC Conference Youth Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship to recognise and support the efforts of young individuals (aged 18-30 years) who actively participate and contribute to an AFAC member agency and would benefit from the professional development opportunity of attending AFAC16. Nominations are restricted to one per…

Volunteer Pathways Advisory Groups Combined Meeting (VPAG, VFPAG and VESPAG)

Representatives from the various emergency services associations gathered last Saturday for their first meeting of the Volunteer Pathways Advisory Group (VPAG). They were joined as invited guests at the meeting by many of the Volunteer Fire Pathways Advisory Group (VFPAG) and the Volunteer Emergency Services Pathways Advisory Group (VESPAG). This was a one-off combined meeting…

Dave and Phil’s Pilbara tour

The Association’s President Dave Gossage AFSM and Vice President Phil Penny spent several days this week on a tour of volunteer bushfire brigades and local governments in the Pilbara. They hit the road from the Paraburdoo Airport through to Tom Price, meeting along the way with volunteers, shire councils and staff, other government agency personnel…

Farmers apply heat in bushfire battle

It’s the fire of pressure on the State Government and Premier Colin Barnett, in particular, to create a separate and independent rural bushfires authority. Following last week’s story in Farm Weekly citing a move by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (AVBFB) to fight for an independent fire authority, the Country Regions…

Volunteer training qualifications – a national issue

Recognition of training between jurisdictions and organisations remains a major issue under discussion at state and even national level. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA, through the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA), has sought clarity on how the emergency management governance structure functions and where the Volunteer training qualifications is within…