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City of Greater Geraldton: Volunteer Bushfire Brigades recognised as volunteer organisation of the year

The media statement below was published by the City of Greater Geraldton on Thursday and we are super pleased to see it recognising the amazing women and men of the City’s volunteer bush fire brigades! Congratulations to all involved. MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Volunteer Bushfire Brigades recognised as volunteer organisation of the year 7…

Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations pays tribute to 250,000+ volunteers

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) has today paid tribute to the efforts of volunteers across Australia, who risk their lives and work tirelessly to protect communities. Today marks International Volunteer Day – a chance to celebrate and thank volunteers for the contribution they make. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken Middleton said Australia owes a huge…

AFAC: Collaboration delivers national fire weather training resource

Researchers, end users and training experts have joined forces through AFAC to develop a new, national evidence-based fire weather learning and training resource for emergency services. A project team from AFAC’s Predictive Services Group, including representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), collaboratively developed Interpret and Analyse Fire Weather Information. The finished learner resource (PUAFIR414) is…

Hon Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation 2017-

WA Govt: International Volunteer Day honours local contributions

Today is the United Nations’ annual International Volunteer Day, with local celebrations held at Government House Grants totalling $39,350 support 42 Thank a Volunteer Day events around WA International Volunteer Day celebrations will conclude with a garden party at Government House today to honour some of the State’s longest-serving volunteers. Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry…

WA Gov’t: Agency partnership boosts State’s emergency response capacity

Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides more than $830,000 worth of chemical detection and identification equipment The ChemCentre of Western Australia to operate, store, and maintain equipment Explosive detectors, RadEye radiation detector, mercury detector and infrared absorption detector among new equipment Memorandum of understanding renewed between DFES and ChemCentre Western Australia’s ability to identify…

QwN: Bushfire mitigation

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered in Parliament yesterday by the Hon Stephen Dawson as Minister for Environment BUSHFIRE MITIGATION Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Environment: I refer to feedback that regional offices within the minister’s portfolio that have firefighting capacity have been…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

Bushfire mitigation funding available for high-risk priority local governments

$15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to operate over four years $3 million available in first year (2017-18) for on-ground mitigation works 15 identified local governments eligible Applications now open A total of 15 local governments in high-risk priority areas are now eligible to apply for bushfire mitigation funding from the inaugural four-year $15 million Mitigation…

Community action key to improving State’s resilience, report finds

  Emergency Preparedness Report concludes greater community preparation needed to build State’s resilience to emergencies Report is a State-wide assessment of Western Australia’s preparedness for emergencies 2017 report most comprehensive to date with 350 per cent increase in data collected compared to 2016 Government agencies actively preparing for emergencies The sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Report has found…

Letter from DFES re WA Cyclone and Southern Bushfire Season synopsis 2017-18

Below is the core of a letter the AVBFB received from Deputy Commissioner Operations Lloyd Bailey. As always, the AVBFB is happy help DFES communicate with our members by sharing our resources and technology when relevant. Dear Mr Gossage, WA CYCLONE AND SOUTHERN BUSHFIRE SEASON SYNOPSIS 2017-18 The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)…

CAVFA Media Statement: Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between CAVFA and NSESVA

The Council of Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and the National State Emergency Service Volunteers Association (NSESVA) will sign an agreement for mutual understanding, co-operation and collaboration when representing Australia’s emergency service volunteers. This Memorandum of Understanding, when signed, will provide a united voice in discussion and negotiation on matters of mutual interest. CAVFA Chairperson, Ken…