Bunnings fire prompts chemical scare. Photo: Maddy Carville

ABC: Bunnings Warehouse fire in Perth prompts chemical scare and evacuation of homes

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has posted an article congratulating the Fire and Rescue Service personnel for the successful management of this potentially deadly fire. Read it here A major blaze has destroyed a Bunnings Warehouse store in suburban Perth, sending fireballs shooting into the sky and blanketing nearby streets in toxic…

EMV: Australian-first trial to test firebombing at night

Victoria is leading an innovative, national trial which will test the use of night vision technology to fight fires from the sky at night and better protect the community. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said night-time aerial firebombing had the potential to significantly improve Victoria’s firefighting capability, better protect life and property and significant infrastructure…

The dingo's classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings, say researchers. Supplied: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

ABC: Maligned dingoes emerge as unlikely heroes in study of bushfires and feral pests

Many of our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Members are either farmers themselves or have strong connections to Western Australia’s agriculture sector. As such, we thought this interesting article on recent research at Deakin University and Charles Sturt University might be worth a re-post. The dingo’s classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings,…

The Advertiser: SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon pledges cut to ESL for all, elimination for SA’s 15,000 emergency services volunteers

Treasurer urged to reduce ESL after 2017 bushfire-free summer Emergency service volunteer numbers nosedive since ESL increase EMERGENCY service volunteers would be exempt from paying the emergency services levy and all households would get a cut in the bill under an election pledge from SA Best. The State Government controversially doubled the property-based charge in…

The West: Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters

The following editorial appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters Western Australia’s climate has many wonderful benefits. Our summers provide marvellous opportunities to enjoy our endless beaches and for socialising at relaxed evening barbecues. But there is also a downside — dry summer paddocks and bush makes our…

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…