Grants of up to $1,000 to recognise and thank volunteers

Volunteering WA, with generous support from Lotterywest, is offering volunteer involving organisations around the State a fantastic opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1000 to organise an event which recognises and thanks volunteers during National Volunteer Week which will be held on 20-26 May 2019. This year the theme for National Volunteer…

AVBFB committee workshop in Bridgetown

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) elected volunteer committee members from around the state met in Bridgetown over three days last weekend to discuss a number of significant issues and make plans to address them. The Association’s lack of capacity to meet the ever-growing needs of our members and other stakeholders (including government) pervaded…

Ministerial Statement regarding opening of infrastructure: Scaddan, Napier and King River

The following Ministerial Statement was read into Parliament today by the Hon Fran Logan, Emergency Services Minister: Statement by Minister for Emergency Services MR F. LOGAN: I would like to inform the house of the opening of three newly built, fit-for-purpose volunteer bushfire brigade sheds in Scaddan, Napier and King River, in the great southern region. It…

Vale Bob Mander

As is obvious from the Facebook post below, our friends at the Vasse Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and many others are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Mander. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) extends our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family, including all those at the Brigade and beyond who were…

WA & Fed Gov: WA jets into the future with new emergency mapping capability

New Learjet with Linescanner camera will map large-scale emergencies such as bushfires and floods Travels at 700kmh to reach the farthest regions of the State in just three hours Initial 90-day contract represents $750,000 investment in emergency mapping technology Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet now includes a Learjet, which can travel the length of the…

QwN: Hon Steve Thomas to Hon Stephen Dawson re Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Dr Steve Thomas and answered today in Parliament by the Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Emergency Services Minister. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s now 10-month old announcement from April 2018…

New Napier fire shed and extension to King River opened in Albany

Our hard working Lower Great Southern zone representative Rob Lynn sent the following article and photos through regarding the opening of the new Napier fire shed and extension of the King River shed in Albany. Thanks Rob, another excellent report! Two official openings occured in the Albany region this week – the new Napier Fire…

17 new Bush Fire Volunteers trained in south-west

Here’s yet another wonderful example of the immense commitment and comradery found among Western Australia’s amazing 26,000 Bush Fire Service Volunteers. As you can see in the post, 17 new Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers spent their weekend completing the Introduction to Firefighting course in Donnybrook. Let’s face it, in an era when volunteering in general…