DFES area officer for Albany Tim Wall hands over the keys to the new fire truck to former Kojonup chief bushfire control officer Tim Johnston. Picture: Shire of KojonupPicture: Shire of Kojonup

New fire truck a welcome addition

Members of the Kojonup Bushfire Advisory Committee received a new Isuzu fire truck last month, after it was found its old fire truck needed mechanical repairs. The new $380,000 fire truck was provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to replace the committee’s existing Kojonup 2.4R fire truck. Kojonup bushfire emergency officer Rob…

Members of CAVFA meeting in Sydney this week

AVBFB at Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations meeting

Representatives of the AVBFB were in Sydney over the weekend for a meeting of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA). CAVFA is a collaboration of eleven volunteer fire brigade associations representing almost every volunteer fire brigade member in Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in discussions and negotiations…

Quick Quiz: Conferences

With the WAFES Conference only a week away, we thought we would seek some feedback from our members about conferences and exhibitions in general – and specifically from those who have been to a previous WAFES conference. Please do your best and share this page link with all your volunteer friends and colleagues.

Quick Quiz result: Uniforms

Our very successful Quick Quizzes are continuing to provide some interesting facts and last week’s about uniforms didn’t let us down. The first question – Do you believe it is a good idea for Brigades to have a uniform? (other than PPE) – yielded an overwhelming 89% positive response. Question two showed that more than 70%…

Vale Darrell Wiese

It is with great sadness that the AVBFB farewells another friend of our amazing volunteer bushfire service. Mr Darrell Wiese, former President of the Narrogin Shire Council sadly passed away on 26 August 2017. Darrell was possibly best known in the bush fire community for his work on the Upper Great Southern District Operations Advisory Committee…

DFES: Introducing the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Replacement Project

The following information was distributed by DFES recently: Introducing the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Replacement Project Will replace FCAD with Motorola PremierOne (P1 CAD) – a commercial off the shelf (COTS) product that is proven globally and recently implemented at WA Police Will replace Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s) in career fire appliances with compatible software and hardware What is…

Quick Quiz: Uniforms

This week’s Quick Quiz is all about your Brigade uniforms. Should Brigades have them? Who pays for them? Do you support a sponsorship deal to help with the costs? You know what to do – get stuck in and help us help you – and don’t forget to share this link (https://avbfb.org/category/news-and-media/quick-quiz/) with all your…

Quick Quiz Result: A bit about you

Our Quick Quizzes continue to reveal interesting facts about WA’s wonderful, diverse volunteer emergency services family. Remember – this is important stuff so if you or your volunteer colleagues haven’t yet completed this or previous quizzes, click here to give them a go – they are anonymous and only take a couple of minutes each.…

Photo: AVBFB President Dave Gossage and other Emergency Services leaders at the Volunteering WA 2017 Conference.

Summary of Volunteering WA 2017 Conference

The AVBFB was proud to be represented at the Volunteering WA 2017 Conference recently and thanks to DFES, offer the following summary below: The emergency services were represented with staff and volunteers from: Marine Services SES Strategic Volunteer and Youth Programs SWORD Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Association Volunteer Marine Rescue Service The conference provided a…

AVBFB AGM details

The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of Western Australia Inc (AVBFB) will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017 in Room 7, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA commencing at 1615 hrs. AGENDA DECLARATION OF OPENING RECORD OF ATTENDANCE / APOLOGIES CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES PRESIDENT’S REPORT…

Research insights for catastrophic fires

The following article was written by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Major learnings from research insights on the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria have been distilled into practical industry guidance for key messaging in catastrophic bushfires. AFAC has developed the industry guideline; Community Safety Messaging for Catastrophic Bushfires: Lessons Learnt from Black Saturday Bushfires,…

The Burning Question confirms value of many local VBFB’s

As mentioned in this post, the AVBFB attended the State Government’s innovative and informative first ever prescribed burning forum called “The Burning Question: Now & Beyond” in Busselton last week. The three day event was very valuable and we thank Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and OBRM/OEM for the invitation to participate. Among the…