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…

Last call – Nominations for WA Volunteer of the Year Awards close today!

Last call – nominations close today! Do you know a special individual or organisation that is worthy of being recognised for their outstanding contribution to volunteering? Volunteering WA invites you to visit https://awards.volunteeringwa.org.au to nominate now for the WA Volunteer of the Year Award to be held in May. Nominations are made entirely online via…