Wallcliffe VBFB Facebook 15-04-2018o

Wallcliffe VBFB’s excellent post about local mitigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated the need for more support and resources for Local Governments and their Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to undertake important all-year-round mitigation works, including prescribed burning. Not only does science show that mitigation is many, many times “cheaper” than the cost of bushfire suppression, hazard…

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement The Association representing WA’s largest emergency service – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has welcomed the State Government’s creation of a new Rural Fire Division. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said although there is still a lot of detail to be confirmed, his Association is very…

ABC Country Hour interview with Dave Gossage re Rural Fire Division

The audio below is from a live interview ABC Country Hour host Belinda Varischetti had with the President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Dave Gossage today regarding the government announcement establishing a new Rural Fire Division (RFD). Belinda and Dave discuss the Association’s view that although it is not fully independent of…

WA Govt: Rural Fire Division to drive new era of enhanced bushfire management

$80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity through the new Rural Fire Division Major reforms address issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry $18 million for the Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence Unprecedented $34.6 million increase in funding for bushfire mitigation $15 million extension to the Bushfire Risk Management Plans program Greater support for…

PHOTO: Volunteer firefighters Wade Bloffwitch and Stacey Petterson walk past the brigade's only tanker. (ABC News: Tom Joyner)

ABC: Remote fire brigade unable to fight house fires without upgrade, volunteers say

Many Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have been led to believe that the only way they can be funded for capabilities such as BA and road crash rescue is to become a different type of unit. Sadly, this is not true and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working…