WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

Witchcliffe VBFB Facebook 27-05-2018

Experts in bushfire, highly proficient in so much more…

Diverse indeed! The invaluable 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service are the experts in bush fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for sure. But as farmers, engineers, teachers, nurses, lawyers and home-makers, they also bring a huge array of other skills that combine to make them the absolutely awesome team they are.…

Bedfordale VFBF at HBF Run For a Reason 27-05-2018

Wherever the need and whatever is needed…

They came (to the HBF RunForAReason), they raised ($6,800 for Sirens of Silence) and they ran (12 km’s in turnout gear!) Congratulations to the amazing Bush Fire Volunteers who joined the team from Bedfordale VBFB yesterday under stormy skies to yet again, put themselves out for the benefit of others in our community. From Albany…

Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

Volunteers such as King River firefighter Simon Whitfort are on their last legs. Photo: ABC

ABC: Exhausted volunteer firefighters stretched thin in WA as (private) hazard reduction burns get out of control

Volunteer firefighters across southern Western Australia say they are being stretched too thin, battling an unprecedented number of private burns gone awry while trying to chase prescribed burn targets. “For the last week I’ve spent almost every day doing something to do with fire,” Great Southern volunteer firefighter Dave Wettenhall said. The veteran firefighter said…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…