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…

Association President to shave head for right price to help Bedfordale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade members to support 4yo cancer patient

The Association’s President, Dave Gossage, will join other Bedfordale BFB volunteers in shaving his head to raise money to support 4 year old Dwight Wenban’s fight against cancer. Dave will shave his head if he reaches the $2,000 sponsorship target so let’s all chip in to help Dwight and get Dave’s head shaved.   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   BEDFORDALE…

Bush fires – perils of ignoring proven wisdom

Until green politics and academic abstractions clouded official thinking, Western Australia was the prime example of how best to minimise mega-bushfires’ destruction of life and property. Now we burn like the rest of Australia. Can anything be done? Curiously, the answer to the Australian bushfire challenge is not only well-known, it has been successfully field-tested. From about the…