AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

Rebecca Stokes of Bunbury Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Daley, First Lieutenant of the Dardanup Central Bushfire Brigade in Western Australia. (Babs McHugh)

ABC: Rise of the female firefighter: Bushfire brigade ranks filling up with women

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-10-20/female-firefighters-taking-up-frontline-roles/9046394 Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage…

ERA’s Emergency Services Levy Report: Volunteers look to the future

The peak body for Western Australia’s largest emergency service has welcomed today’s publication of the ERA’s Review of the Emergency Services Levy: Final Report, supporting many of its recommendations. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said the oversight and transparency of the ESL have been major points of contention within and between the various emergency services for…

PHOTO: Steve Angel discovered his Dwellingup house was badly underinsured after a bushfire in 2007. (Supplied: Steve Angel)

ABC: Bushfire insurance is complicated and mundane, but makes a difference when disaster hits

  If a bushfire destroys your home, having sufficient insurance can make the difference between successfully rebuilding and suffering irrevocable loss. While it may seem mundane, expensive and something people hope never to use, being fully covered for what the insurance industry calls a “total loss” can be vital to recovery. The pitfalls of underinsurance…

AVBFB in Goomalling for AGM and send off of CFCO Barry Anderson

Volunteer AVBFB President Dave Gossage attended the Shire of Goomalling Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade AGM last night and was invited to give a brief overview of current issues. Dave’s snapshot of key issues from across the state included discussion of what the Association has been doing with respect to the Rural Fire Service, training issues,…

AVBFB thanks CSBP for supporting the volunteers who support them

AVBFB President Dave Gossage was on hand yesterday to personally thank corporate supporter CSBP for their support of our amazing volunteer bush fire brigades over the years. The photo below shows Shire of Dowerin President Cr Dale Metcalf and Chief Fire Control Officer Phil Pickering with Matthew Williams from CSBP who was very proud to…

Scholarships available for women engaged in fire prevention activities

We recently received this correspondence from Women and Leadership Australia and thought it might be useful for some of our incredible women volunteers. Dear Dave, Earlier this year a small pool of scholarship funding was provisioned for women working in the fire prevention sector to undertake a range of leadership development programs. As a result,…

QwN Volunteer Fuel Card

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin De Grussa yesterday and answered by the Hon Alannah MacTiernan as Minister for Regional Development: VOLUNTEER FUEL CARD — 2017–18 STATE BUDGET Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Regional Development: I refer to the minister’s answer to question without notice 580 asked…

Statement by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services

The following Brief Ministerial Statement was read into Parliament yesterday by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services: COMMISSIONER OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES — DARREN KLEMM — APPOINTMENT Statement by Minister for Emergency Services MR F. LOGAN: I would like to take this opportunity—the first opportunity in the current sitting of Parliament—to acknowledge…

50% discount for BFB volunteers to Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is the organiser of the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference (ANHMC10) in Perth, would like to advise all emergency services volunteers that they are eligible for a 50% discount to attend ANHMC10. The discounted price of $225 covers: The Conference: Both days of the two-day conference (31…