Applications for the 2018 Western Power grant are now open!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) in partnership with Western Power invites suitable applicants to apply for the Western Power grants of up to $5,000. Applications are open from 1st February 2018 and close on Friday 30th March 2018. Who can apply: Applications are only open to brigades located in areas linked to…

The West: Union fights DFES over its top job selection

The United Firefighters Union has taken industrial action to stop the Department of Fire and Emergency Services appointing non-firefighters to leadership positions without the union’s approval. UFU State secretary Lea Anderson declared yesterday that DFES had no right to “parachute in” unqualified appointees to “play dress-ups in our uniform”. The UFU’s influence at the multi-hazard…

Amanda Williamson, who resigned from DFES, in her army uniform

The West: Split after firey falls on sword

The article below appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper: The departure of WA’s first female Fire and Emergency Services superintendent has split volunteer groups, with one claiming she was not supported by management and another arguing male dominance was a fact of life at the agency. The Weekend West revealed reservist Army Lt-Col. Amanda Williamson had…

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm with Amanda Williamson at the SWORD launch in November.

The West: Resignation of female chief sparks investigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is deeply concerned by allegations made in the article that appeared on the front page of today’s West Australian newspaper regarding former DFES Superintendent Ms Amanda Williamson. Gender is not an indication of capability and therefore discrimination based on sex is both abhorrent and foolish, particularly in…

Scholarships Available – Attend the National Volunteering Conference!

Our friends at Volunteering WA recently sent us the information below, announcing that the Department of Social Services (DSS) have funding available for those who would like to attend the 2018 National Volunteering Conference to be held in Sydney in June. If you have some interest, please jump on the site and fill in the…

Greenbushes Timber Mill fire Saturday 6 January 2018. Photo Hester Brook Lieutenant

Photos show the invaluable work of “Bushies” at Greenbushes structure fire

Regular readers would have seen this Facebook post from DFES recently about the great team effort that contained a fire at a Greenbushes Timber Mill on Saturday. The photos available didn’t show the important role members of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service played in that huge save, but we’ve since received a few from one…

The Alert SA app crashed during a weekend of catastrophic fire danger and a serious bushfire. ABC News: Stuart Stansfield

ABC News: Alert SA scrapped by State Government after failure during catastrophic fire conditions

A new emergency services smartphone application, Alert SA, will be ditched by the South Australian Government after users could not access fire alerts during catastrophic weather conditions on Saturday. Saturday’s weather created what Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton described as the “worst fire danger conditions seen in years”, but the app collapsed before it was…

ABC: Virtual reality bushfires recreate nightmare scenarios to encourage disaster planning

  Fire authorities are using virtual reality to place Victorians in worst-case bushfire scenarios to encourage them to better prepare for a disaster. The virtual reality program shows the user the possible fatal consequences if they act too late when a bushfire has broken out. The Victorian Government will take the program to Echuca, Benalla,…