Closing soon: Register for free AFAC Conference tickets, travel, accommodation and meals

It’s not too late to score free tickets to the 2018 AFAC Conference + accommodation, travel and meals* The annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) conference will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5 to 8 September. This year, instead of the usual WA Volunteer Conference, members of…

ABC: Firefighting goats: Portugal enlists help of surprising ally to prevent deadly bushfires

Unaware that time is short, more than 200 brown-and-white goats slowly munch their way through the thick undergrowth that covers the hills of southern Portugal. Squinting against the Sun’s glare, Daniel Fernandes, a 61-year-old goatherd, whistles and makes clicking noises to direct his animals across the ridges where they can fill their bellies on the…

Collieburn-Cardiff VBFB combine training with valuable social night

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) knows that the incredible 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service donate their valuable time and professional skills for many different reasons, but one that almost always appears in surveys is the sense of family and reward they get from being part of the Volunteer…

Brigade fundraising: Bunbury Undercover Markets

After the massive response we had to our recent Western Power small equipment grants, we know all too well that our 560+ Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades need access to funding that is just not available for vital equipment such as water tanks, PPE storage and security systems. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB)…

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Acting Executive Director John Tillman and other DFES and Ministerial staff explaining the Government's recent changes to emergency service volunteers in the North West. Photo: Facebook

Minister, Commissioner and DFES staff take DRFD Tour to the North-West

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, Commissioner Darren Klemm and the Executive Director of the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) have certainly covered a lot of ground since announcing the Government’s decisions in response to the recommendations of the Ferguson Report into the Waroona Fire. After their lightning visits to the South-West, Great Southern and…

Vale Paul (Chappie) Chapman

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sends its heartfelt condolences to family, friends and Bush Fire Brigade colleagues of the late Paul (Chappie) Chapman, most recently from the Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. As explained in the Facebook post below, Chappie passed away last Friday and his family has extended an invitation to…

Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade Rodney Dilkes sharing his expertise on Lithium batteries after one exploded in a shed in the Western Australian town of Margaret River.

“Volunteer Brigades are filled with some remarkable men and women…”

“Volunteer Brigades are filled with some remarkable men and women and we’ve got more than our fair share at Wallcliffe.” Well, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves – so we won’t even try. Take a look at the Facebook post from the wonderful team at the Wallcliffe Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade about one of…

WA Gov’t: Minister opens new $1.2m SES purpose-built facility in Newman

$1.2m new facility includes a dedicated administration area, training space, operations facilities and storage Facility can operate as a level 3 incident control centre Newman SES unit collaborated with local government and DFES on planning, design and furnishing of new facility The members of Newman’s State Emergency Service unit officially have a new home with…