Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

North Coast Times: Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton households face possible doubling of Emergency Services Levy

THE maximum annual Emergency Services Levy (ESL) could double for some north coast households in their next rates notice. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is reviewing category boundaries for parts of Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton following the opening of Butler Fire Station in 2015 and urban expansion. DFES corporate services executive director…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…

ABC Country Hour interview with Dave Gossage re Rural Fire Division

The audio below is from a live interview ABC Country Hour host Belinda Varischetti had with the President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Dave Gossage today regarding the government announcement establishing a new Rural Fire Division (RFD). Belinda and Dave discuss the Association’s view that although it is not fully independent of…

PHOTO: Volunteer firefighters Wade Bloffwitch and Stacey Petterson walk past the brigade's only tanker. (ABC News: Tom Joyner)

ABC: Remote fire brigade unable to fight house fires without upgrade, volunteers say

Many Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have been led to believe that the only way they can be funded for capabilities such as BA and road crash rescue is to become a different type of unit. Sadly, this is not true and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working…

Cyclone Alby: 40-years on

The article below was submitted by Roger Underwood, Chairman of The Bushfire Front, and author of Cyclone Alby – memories of the 1978 Western Australian storm and bushfire crisis. Today is the 40th anniversary of the storm and bushfire crisis that hammered southern Western Australia on April 4th, 1978. To many Western Australians it was a…

Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal, flanked by volunteers Tilda Mason and Clive Banks, are fired up over demands for one of its vehicles to be retired.Picture: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

South Western Times: Volunteer brigade in shock over the hand back demand

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is disappointed to learn that the issue below has not yet been resolved and is now actively assisting our friends in the Bunbury VBFB to advocate for a sensible outcome. While it is absolutely our role to assist individual brigades with specific local challenges, the issue of…

Shire of Murray

Mandurah Mail: Community events win big in Shire of Murray’s latest funding distribution

A big congratulations to the Coolup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Cadets for attracting $1,200 for uniforms from the Alcoa of Australia/Shire of Murray Community Assistance Partnership Fund. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is sorry we haven’t yet been able to make funding available for uniforms like it is for other services, but are very…