Two Rocks John Quigley Facebook 13-03-2018

Attorney General John Quigley wants you (well, Two Rocks VBFB does actually!)

A Brigade to do a lot worse than have the State’s Attorney General helping you attract new volunteers! The sad fact is due to many reasons, voluntarism is generally in decline in Australia and for some of our invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, numbers have fallen to a concerning level. We keep hearing from Parliament…

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm and DFES Career Station Officer Kim Lusk on IWD 2018

Thanks to Minister Logan and Commissioner Klemm for supporting women in Emergency Services

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) thanks Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm for supporting women in Western Australia’s Emergency Services – we need all the help we can get and gender is certainly not a reason to refuse those willing to roll up their sleeves…

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…

Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray and others congratulate Capel Bush Fire Brigade's John James and Elgin Bush Fire Brigade's John Prowse for 60 years of service.

60 years of service and still giving!

Great to see Minister for Volunteering Hon Mick Murray taking the time to recognise the incredible work Capel Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade member John James and Elgin Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade member John Prowse have contributed to their community over 60 years. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is disappointed we didn’t know…

Mitigation, including prescribed burning – cheaper, safer and expertly managed

Many have already seen this video shared by Parks and Wildlife earlier this week from the Mundaring fires. It’s a bit of a mix of messages but the first and arguably the most important from our perspective was the acknowledgement of the volunteer effort involved in managing it so successfully. But there’s another very important…

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…

DFES update re: 400MHz Radio Transition Project: Phase 2 Regional Transition

For the interest and information of Members, an update from DFES regarding the 400MHz radio project: The 400MHz project has been conducting engagement workshops across country northern regions with the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of all UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radio channels & systems within our organisation. Lower South West and Great Southern…

Reminder: 50% discount for BFB volunteers to Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is the organiser of the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference (ANHMC10) in Perth, would like to advise all emergency services volunteers that they are eligible for a 50% discount to attend ANHMC10. The discounted price of $225 covers: The Conference: Both days of the two-day conference (31 Oct  – 1 Nov 2017)…

50% discount for BFB volunteers to Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is the organiser of the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference (ANHMC10) in Perth, would like to advise all emergency services volunteers that they are eligible for a 50% discount to attend ANHMC10. The discounted price of $225 covers: The Conference: Both days of the two-day conference (31…

Research insights for catastrophic fires

The following article was written by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Major learnings from research insights on the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria have been distilled into practical industry guidance for key messaging in catastrophic bushfires. AFAC has developed the industry guideline; Community Safety Messaging for Catastrophic Bushfires: Lessons Learnt from Black Saturday Bushfires,…

The Burning Question confirms value of many local VBFB’s

As mentioned in this post, the AVBFB attended the State Government’s innovative and informative first ever prescribed burning forum called “The Burning Question: Now & Beyond” in Busselton last week. The three day event was very valuable and we thank Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and OBRM/OEM for the invitation to participate. Among the…