Special General Meeting Notice

Special General Meeting Notice A Special General Meeting of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of Western Australia (AVBFB) will be held on Saturday 5 August 2017 at the Bridgetown Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Headquarters, Les Woodhead Avenue, Bridgetown, commencing at 10:00. The purpose of the meeting is to consider the revocation of the…

Professional word cloud

Are you ‘professional’?

Whenever the word ‘professional’ is used to describe someone who gets paid to do work similar to that of our volunteers, the Association hears about it. Some volunteers say they don’t mind at all. But others suggest calling one group of people “professional” naturally infers that the others are “unprofessional” and an alternative word should…

Putting out fires all over Europe

During a visit to Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic), I toured the factory of fire tender and fire-fighting equipment specialist builder THT. It’s in Policka, a couple of hours east of Prague and draws original components from its own manufacturing facilities elsewhere in the country. I met management to talk about its export program and…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit summary now available

Summary of the summit is now available at https://oem.wa.gov.au Topics discussed included effective use of human resources, funding, improving knowledge, local experience and prescribed burning targets The summary of the McGowan Labor Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit is now available on the Office of Emergency Management’s website. The summary covers the major points that were discussed…

Feedback from Bushfire Mitigation Summit

What did some of the stakeholders have to say after attending the Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in Mandurah recently. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA president Dave Gossage. Mr Gossage said all stakeholders at the summit worked co-operatively to discuss major issues surrounding bushfire mitigation, but there was no clear outcomes. “I’d say…

Bushfire summit sets new direction

THE State government has committed to a second Bushfire Mitigation Summit next year, after key representatives from across WA gathered for the first time in Mandurah last week to discuss bushfire risk management. Approximately 70 representatives from government agencies to volunteer associations and advocacy groups attended the invitation-only Bushfire Mitigation Summit last Friday. WA Emergency…

City of Geraldton: Applications open for Emergency Operations Officer

The City of Greater Geraldton is seeking applications for the position of Emergency Operations Officer, which will also take on the role of the City’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO). We know a number of Local Governments that had previously accepted an embedded DFES employee under the title of Community Emergency Services Manager (CESM) found…

2017 WAFES Conference – call for quick registrations

The annual Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) Conference will commence on Friday night 8th September and close Sunday 10th September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registrations are now open and each Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade may register up to two members for the conference. If more than 2 members of any…

QoN: Complaints received by DFES

The following question on notice was asked by the Member for Dawesville Zac Kirkup and answered in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Fran Logan yesterday: Mr Z.R.F. Kirkup to the Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services: In respect of the Minister’s portfolio responsibilities for departments, agencies, and publicly owned…