Walkaway’s 3.4 enable Wiluna VBFB to undertake structural fire training – and is put to use in real call out

The incredible ladies and gents of the Wiluna Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade have been working their arses off trying to get the tools and training they need to protect their town including structural fire fighting capacity and at least one appliance that is fit for purpose. The Member for North West Central, Vince Catania has…

NFPA: Doing Good in a good way, helping neighboring communities with wildfire safety preparedness

Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is a great reminder that despite the way it is often presented, effective bushfire mitigation involves much more than just planned (prescribed) burning. Even though the government has just raised the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) by around 10% with most…

A bouquet for DFES

The hard-working volunteers who donate hundreds of hours of their time every year to manage the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) have been shot as the messenger many times. Indeed, when we stood up for the amazing women and men of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service, leaders in the former government even tried the…

AVBFB Consultation: DRAFT Child Operational Deployment and Activities Release Form

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated for better, more thoughtful consultation with volunteers before decisions are made by the government. Needless to say, the way the DFES Rural Fire Division came about proves we’ve still got a long way to go and to Commissioner Klemm’s credit, that is openly acknowledged.…

No “off-season” for Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but doing our job of proudly representing the incredible 26,000+ women and men of the State’s largest Emergency Service has taught us something else – the good don’t get much chance to relax either! Footballers and Cricketers might think it’s the “off season” for members of the…

DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards – nominations open

The DFES Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge the important contribution made by employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia. Many employers allow our emergency services volunteers to take time off work to respond to incidents or attend training, enabling them to deliver essential services that help keep our communities safe.…

2018 Firefighting Awards finalists have been announced

2018 Firefighting Awards finalists have been announced. The awards honour the achievements of individuals, groups, units or brigades who have gone beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to all the nominees who have been shortlisted as finalists: Team Achievement Award Yallingup Rural VBFB Yallingup Coastal VBFB/VFRS Tom Price VBFB and VFRS Youth Achievement Award Callum…

Minister Logan replies to AVBFB request for consultation re RFS branding

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received the letter below dated 18 July 2018 today, signed on behalf of Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan in response to correspondence we sent requesting consultation before any decisions were to be made regarding the “branding” of Western Australia’s proud volunteer bush fire service. Our letter…

The West: Western Power fight against Parkerville residents over bushfire damage a ‘grasp for immunity’

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very proud and appreciative of the support we have been able to secure for our members via the annual Western Power small equipment grant scheme. In that sense, it is somewhat troubling to see the GTE (Government Trading Enterprise) in court regarding the liability for the…

Templates for the preparation of bushfire management plans finalised

We received the following email from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage this week announcing that it has published the final templates for the preparation of bushfire management plans: The departments of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Fire and Emergency Services are pleased to release the final templates for the preparation of bushfire management plans…

Hon Bill Johnston: Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement

WA Gov’t: Lifesaving fire crew protection will be delivered to WA firefighters

Lifesaving fire crew protection will be delivered to WA firefighters More than $8.7 million extra committed to protect firefighters in high-risk situations Additional funding will fit 261 fire appliances throughout the State not included in the original rollout, many of which are in northern WA The McGowan Government has committed an additional $8.732 million to…

ABC: Tathra bushfire: Inquiry finds ‘palpable animosity’ between NSW firefighting agencies

Four months since bushfires ripped through Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast, an independent review has found “palpable animosity” between the state’s firefighting organisations and called for urgent reform. The inquiry observed that friction between members of Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) meant “the common enemy of…

Midland Reporter: Perth communities battling toxic firefighting foam contamination band together

COMMUNITIES battling contamination from toxic chemicals leaked from Australian Defence Force and commercial sites have banded together to highlight what they say is a growing environmental and health crisis across Australia. The Coalition Against PFAS (CAP) has launched a website to advocate for dozens of communities impacted by the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances…