Vale John Bradford

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades offers its deepest condolences to Mrs Maureen Bradford and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Mr John Bradford who sadly passed away on 22 February after a short illness. For those who were lucky enough to meet John in his lifetime of commitment to Western Australia’s Volunteer…

Bunnings fire prompts chemical scare. Photo: Maddy Carville

ABC: Bunnings Warehouse fire in Perth prompts chemical scare and evacuation of homes

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has posted an article congratulating the Fire and Rescue Service personnel for the successful management of this potentially deadly fire. Read it here A major blaze has destroyed a Bunnings Warehouse store in suburban Perth, sending fireballs shooting into the sky and blanketing nearby streets in toxic…

EMV: Australian-first trial to test firebombing at night

Victoria is leading an innovative, national trial which will test the use of night vision technology to fight fires from the sky at night and better protect the community. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said night-time aerial firebombing had the potential to significantly improve Victoria’s firefighting capability, better protect life and property and significant infrastructure…

The dingo's classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings, say researchers. Supplied: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

ABC: Maligned dingoes emerge as unlikely heroes in study of bushfires and feral pests

Many of our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Members are either farmers themselves or have strong connections to Western Australia’s agriculture sector. As such, we thought this interesting article on recent research at Deakin University and Charles Sturt University might be worth a re-post. The dingo’s classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings,…

Join local volunteers, AVBFB Committee and politicians tomorrow in Collie

The volunteer committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) do their best to get out into the regions and engage directly with members and other important stakeholders whenever possible. This weekend, the State Committee will be having a quarterly meeting in Collie and thanks to the wonderful team at the Allanson Volunteer…

The Advertiser: SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon pledges cut to ESL for all, elimination for SA’s 15,000 emergency services volunteers

Treasurer urged to reduce ESL after 2017 bushfire-free summer Emergency service volunteer numbers nosedive since ESL increase EMERGENCY service volunteers would be exempt from paying the emergency services levy and all households would get a cut in the bill under an election pledge from SA Best. The State Government controversially doubled the property-based charge in…

Robyn Clarke on Yarloop

The following excerpt is from a broader speech presented to Parliament on Wednesday by the Member for Murray–Wellington, Robyn Clarke MLA: Mrs R. CLARKE: When I visited Yarloop, I visited what has been the most important part of the rebuilding of the town to date—that is, Yarloop Fire Station. The station, along with most of the…

The West: Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters

The following editorial appeared in today’s West Australian newspaper Neglecting firebreaks a risk to homes and firefighters Western Australia’s climate has many wonderful benefits. Our summers provide marvellous opportunities to enjoy our endless beaches and for socialising at relaxed evening barbecues. But there is also a downside — dry summer paddocks and bush makes our…