Pre-dawn off-roading, hunting, community education and a rope swing – all in a day’s work for the crew at East Swan VBFB

Well, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) says WA’s largest emergency service is “Diverse, Rewarding and Invaluable” – and here’s the proof! The team at East Swan VBFB posted a Facebook article last week that is a wonderful example of some of the unusual situations many of our 26,000 women and men find…

Rural Fire Division: Information for Brigades

What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)? How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry? Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES? Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the…

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Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…

Mandurah Southern Districts Bushfire Brigade ‏ @Mandurah_SD_BFB Apr 18 From the Dawesville Cut south - to the City of Mandurah boundary with the Shire of Waroona - if you're in the catchment, you can join the Brigade. Check out the map and come to our recruitment days: 28/4/18 @ Wilderness Drive Park & 5/5/18 @ the Florida beach reserve.

Mandurah Mail: Mandurah Southern Districts Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade seeks new members

Mandurah Southern Districts Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has urged community members wanting to make a difference during emergencies to join their service. Brigade members will host two open morning teas as part of a volunteer drive. The events will take place at Wilderness Drive Park on April 28 and at Florida Beach Reserve on May…

Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

North Coast Times: Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton households face possible doubling of Emergency Services Levy

THE maximum annual Emergency Services Levy (ESL) could double for some north coast households in their next rates notice. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is reviewing category boundaries for parts of Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton following the opening of Butler Fire Station in 2015 and urban expansion. DFES corporate services executive director…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…