Emergency Services minister Fran Logan and Marine Rescue volunteer Daniel Beer with the new VOIP communications equipment at Point Moore Picture: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton Guardian: VOIP a boost for Geraldton marine rescue group

The Volunteer Marine Rescue service in Geraldton has acquired revolutionary new communications equipment in the form of a voice over internet protocol system used to run life-saving missions. Volunteer Daniel Beard said the new VOIP system allowed volunteers to massively expand their capability by viewing data, videos, maps and graphics on-screen while communicating with multiple…

At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

The Erickson air crane, aka Elvis, battles a blaze in Victoria. Two former fire chiefs are concerned such craft will soon be unavailable to Australia. CREDIT:JASON SOUTH

SMH: ‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril

Australia’s firefighting capacity will fall short unless it buys its own fleet of water-bombing aircraft rather than borrowing them from overseas because monster blazes burning simultaneously across the globe are becoming the norm, two respected former fire chiefs have warned. However the federal government says purchasing a national firefighting air fleet would be too expensive…

Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA 2017-

Minister fudges Dorothy Dix on Bushfire Centre of Excellence: Opposition fails to ensure accuracy

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice was asked by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered today in Parliament by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. While the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very supportive of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) and appreciative of the work of…

Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

Bush Fire Volunteers at the Shire of Mundaring BBQ to thanks local ES volunteers

We thank the Shire of Mundaring for thanking Jan and her colleagues

It’s fair to say most local governments know just how valuable their incredible Bush Fire volunteers are, but not as many have the capacity or take the time to officially recognise it. Now, we need to be careful here – the incredible women and men we represent are certainly not knocking on our doors telling…

Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade appliance in Norseman Western Australia March 2019

From far and wide: Geraldton crews back from Norseman

Despite the lack of coverage on metropolitan “mainstream” media, it’s been a very busy period for many of our incredible volunteer firefighters, their families and support networks. And from the many fine examples, we’ve chosen this post from the amazing women and men at the Waggrakine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in the City of Greater…

Western Power donates $50,000 to volunteer bush fire brigades

Western Power has partnered with the peak body for WA’s 26,000 volunteer bush fire brigade members again in 2019 to provide small grants to brigades for much-needed equipment and resources. Under the agreement, Western Power has generously provided $50,000 to fund equipment and resources for a minimum of 10 brigades located within the organisation’s service…

Shadow Minister Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Government finally listens on Bushfire Centre of Excellence

Please find below a media statement from the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC regarding the government’s announcement the Bushfire Centre of Excellence will be built in the Shire of Murray. The State Government has succumbed to pressure from the State Opposition and South West communities and agreed to locate the…

Peak body makes innovative offer to add significant value to Bushfire Centre of Excellence and local community

Key points: Bush fire brigades peak body offers to move its headquarters to the Shire of Murray to improve cooperation and collaboration between volunteers, Rural Fire Division (RFD) and local governments. Offer includes innovative proposal to incorporate Centre for Bushfire Education and Heritage (CBEH) concept to showcase its fleet of up to 20 historical vehicles…

WA Gov’t: Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be based in regional WA

Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be established in the Shire of Murray Key part of McGowan Government’s record $128.5 million investment in critical fire and emergency services Centre to focus on leadership, collaboration and innovation across the sector Design expected to be finalised in the coming months A first of its kind $18 million…

Invitation to attend Nationals WA “Emergency Services Volunteers Brekky”

The Nationals’ spokesperson for Emergency Services, the Hon Colin de Grussa MLC has asked us to share his invitation to a breakfast to thank emergency services volunteers next Wednesday in Boulder. It’s important that we hose down any conspiracy theories before they begin and let every other Member of Parliament know that if they would…

Show you care – make a nomination for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our great friends at Volunteering WA have opened nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards. One of our most important roles at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is to promote the invaluable, diverse and rewarding nature of doing what our amazing 26,000 women and men do for our community –…

WA Govt: McGowan Government provides support to celebrate volunteers

Volunteer Centre of Western Australia receives $244,000 Lotterywest grant Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has congratulated the Volunteer Centre of Western Australia on securing a $244,000 Lotterywest grant. The grant will enable the Volunteer Centre of Western Australia to fund a range of Volunteer Community Grants, as well as the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards,…