Funding grants for women’s leadership development

The AVBFB is deeply proud to represent thousands of incredible women who actively volunteer in the many front line and support roles that make our diverse service so invaluable to Western Australia. We strongly encourage all of those – and the men who support them – to apply for one of the Women & Leadership…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be held June 23

Labor election commitment to hold Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be delivered Opportunity for public submissions Summit will examine various aspects of bushfire management, including prescribed burns and staffing levels The McGowan Labor Government will deliver on its election commitment to hold a Bushfire Mitigation Summit to guide future strategies for bushfire mitigation. The summit will…

Joint media statement – Recovery grants for primary producers in Western Australia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan today announced that recovery grants are now available to help primary producers in Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan who were severely affected by flooding in January and February 2017. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief…

AVBFB represented at OEM State-level risk assessment workshop

After recently becoming aware of a series of State-level risk assessment workshops, your association wrote to Office of Emergency Management (OEM) (formerly the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC)) Executive Director Mal Cronstedt to offer input into these critical planning workshops on behalf of the tens of thousands of Bush Fire Volunteers across WA. Consequently, we were invited…

Junior First Aid Training – Geraldton 24 June 2016

The AVBFB has been asked to share the following information regarding DFES-funded First Aid Training for hunior brigade members as widely as possible: Consultation with Brigades, Groups, Units (BGUs), Volunteer Associations and DFES Operational Staff has identified a range of training opportunities to assist young peoples’ skills and leadership development  in emergency services volunteering. DFES…

Clarke behind bushfire accord

The contention over the development of a fully-independent fire service in the Murray-Wellington region continues, with newly-elected Labor MP Robyn Clarke hoping to establish community discussion before the next fire season. Ms Clarke is hoping to have a proposal to present to state caucus on the establishment of a rural fire service before the next…

Inside the firestorm

New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames. Aircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather. The twin-propeller plane is sleek, petite, and so packed with scientific gear for studying the atmosphere that there’s barely room for two passengers to squeeze into its back seats. Monitors show radar reflections, gas concentrations…

Fire resilience workshop

Our friends at South Coast NRM and the City of Albany are presenting a Fire Resilience Workshop on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The event promises an interactive and entertaining presentation by the Forever Projects’ Chris Ferreira, learning about: Balancing fire safety with biodiversity Designing a more fire-safe, productive and sustainable famr Fire-safe design principles for…

CFA split ‘fight’s not over yet’, Daniel Andrews warned

VOLUNTEERS have warned the “fight’s not over yet” in their battle to block Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ bid to split the Country Fire Authority. The warning follows the Premier’s announcement last Friday that his Government would submit legislation to Parliament stripping paid firefighters from the CFA’s 35 integrated stations and merging them with Melbourne’s metropolitan…

New AIDR Volunteer Scholarship Program

Below is an email from Emergency Management Australia with information regarding its new scholarship program for volunteers to study accredited and higher education qualifications in emergency management. Please share widely! Good morning AEMVF members As mentioned in the meeting last week, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will administer the new scholarship program which…

Victorian Fire Service Restructure Update

From our colleagues at Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria… NOTE TO MEMBERS – 21 May 2017                                               VICTORIAN FIRE SERVICES RESTRUCTURE On Friday this week, the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister James Merlino announced splitting the CFA, separating paid operational employees and volunteers into different organisations though major structural reform of Victoria’s Fire Services. This note outlines…

‘Era of Megafires’ Promotes Prescribed Burns, Proactive Fire Planning

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kufm/audio/2017/04/MN-era-megafires-04-26-17.mp3 For Flathead Valley resident Charlotte Chrisman, wildfire on her private land is not a question of if, but when. “It’s like, you know, have you hit a deer? Well not yet,” Chrisman says. Chrisman owns a 310-acre lot up the North Fork of the Flathead River in a remote, densely forested area abutting the…