Reminder: Natural Disaster Resilience Program 2018-19 grant round

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) competitive grant round for projects that will implement sustained disaster resilience or disaster mitigation strategies that will directly benefit the WA community is open and closes 8 February 2019. Applications are being sought from eligible organisations with projects that will reduce identified risks and close capability gaps, in an…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…

WA Gov’t: Inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Forum outcomes now available

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan regarding the recently held Bushfire Mitigation Forums. The AVBFB was invited to, and attended one of these forums and will publish comment regarding the document referred to below in the coming weeks. Collective ideas and suggestions from volunteers, agencies and other…

Prime Minister, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs: Boosting Firefighting Capabilities and Community Preparedness

Media Statement The Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $26 million to boost aerial firefighting capabilities across Australia, support a new national fire rating program and extend funding for a community alert system. Our funding will help support Australians confronting the challenges of natural hazards and reduce the impact they have on our communities and…

State’s first Aboriginal volunteer emergency services unit officially opened

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan. One of WA’s largest Aboriginal communities has become the first to have its own dedicated Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit New Bidyadanga unit significantly improves response times in surrounding areas including the Great Northern Highway Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency…

Nationals WA: Labor Bans Nationals Meeting with Emergency Volunteers

The Nationals WA have expressed concern after the Minister for Emergency Services barred visiting MPs from meeting with local emergency services volunteers in the Pilbara this week. Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Colin de Grussa MLC, said barring elected Members of Parliament from speaking with local volunteers was a gross overreach by the McGowan Government. “It’s…

DFES: Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence/DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following media statement was published by DFES at 10am today. The original title was “Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” and was later changed to “DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” Local Governments in the South West Land Division interested in hosting the new Bushfire Centre of Excellence…

WA Gov’t: Spring prescribed burning underway

Prescribed burning is essential for reducing the build-up of flammable vegetation and ground fuels Parks and Wildlife Service staff will utilise suitable weather conditions to safely undertake prescribed burns Prescribed burning is now underway in areas surrounding Perth and across the south-west of the State to protect communities from devastating summer bushfires. The Parks and…

WA Gov’t: Bushfire Mitigation Forum to be held in early October

McGowan Labor Government continuing open dialogue on bushfire mitigation Forum will expand on inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in June 2017 Greater representation of attendees including volunteer groups Following the success of last year’s inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit, the McGowan Labor Government will hold an expanded Bushfire Mitigation Forum in early October. The forum will…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

WA Gov’t: New $1.13 million base for West Gidgegannup bushfire volunteers

Biggest investment ever for stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility The base will cover 400 square metres and include incident control and radio rooms Collaboration between West Gidgegannup Bush Fire Brigade, the City of Swan and Department of Fire and Emergency Services The McGowan Labor Government has today announced a record $1.13 million will be invested…

WA Gov’t: Fire and Emergency Services Awards honour community heroes

Volunteer and career members of State’s emergency services recognised in 13 categories Awards acknowledge group and individual achievements across Fire Services, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) and State Emergency Service (SES) First time all emergency groups recognised in one awards ceremony Ordinary Western Australians who have made extraordinary contributions to protect and save their fellow…