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…

WA Govt: Improved remote command response unveiled at AFAC Conference

Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference Launch of State’s first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services…

WA Govt: 2018 Resilient Australia WA Awards winners announced

Primary school, firefighter, regional shire and social services advocacy group honoured in 2018 Resilient Australia WA Awards WA winners now finalists in the National Resilient Australia Awards Awards recognise community efforts at improving resilience in the face of natural disasters, emergencies and other challenges The Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) has won the…

WA Govt: Improved remote command response unveiled at AFAC Conference

Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference Launch of State’s first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services…

ABC interviews Dave Gossage and former Obama ES advisor

ABC Australia Wide’s Sinead Mangan interviews the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage representing the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and Craig Fugate, former administrator of FEMA in the United States and was an advisor to President Barrack Obama. Note: If the audio player above does not load for you, please…

Media statement: Partnership empowers Local Government Bush Fire Volunteers and Managers

Media Statement Partnership empowers local government bush fire volunteers and managers In an Australian first, a specialist software development company has partnered directly with emergency services volunteers and produced a purpose-built volunteer management system designed to empower volunteers and help recognise their vital contribution to our community. The agreement between Australian software company Swiftworks Pty…

Radio 6PR afternoons presenter Simon Beaumont interviews Dave Gossage

Radio Newstalk 6PR afternoon presenter Simon Beaumont interviewed Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about this article about retention of emergency service volunteers that appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday. Please click the link below if the media player doesn’t load. 6PR-Interview-with-Simon-Beaumont-and-Dave-Gossage-plus-talkback-03-09-2018.mp3

AG Report: Ministerial decision not to provide locations identified as the next priority for a Volunteer or a Career Fire and Rescue Station

The following opinion and response was published last week by the Western Australian Auditor General in relation to a decision by Fire and Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA to not provide Parliament with information about locations identified as the next priority for a Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station or Career Fire and Rescue…

Letter to the Editor: Native orchids under burn threat

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) considers it unfortunate that the unknown author of the Letter to the Editor published in today’s West Australian newspaper below appears to have had dual purposes in writing to the newspaper. On face value, the correspondent seems to be arguing against a planned fuel reduction burn at…

WA Govt: Rebuild of Yarloop Community Centre restores community spirit

The following media statement was published by the WA State Government today: McGowan Government grants $1 million to the Shire of Harvey for Yarloop Community Centre Shire secures $750,000 through Lotterywest, taking State’s contribution to $1.75 million Yarloop Community Centre to provide a multipurpose central hub for locals Premier Mark McGowan and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn…

ABC: Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

One of the country’s leading bushfire experts warns Australia needs to prepare for the threat of year-round bushfires. Drought is crippling New South Wales and large parts of Queensland, setting the stage for a bad fire season in Australia with blazes already burning large tracts of land in recent weeks. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research…

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: New DVD a tool for fire safety

Testimonies from residents who went through the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop Bushfires stirred hearts at the launch of Harvey Shire Council’s bushfire preparedness DVD on Thursday, which aims to prepare other communities. Councillors, shire staff, emergency services representatives and residents interviewed for the DVD, attended the launch of Importance of Preparedness: Lessons Learnt 2016 January Bushfires at the former…