Prescribed burning result a good start, but a lot of catch up required

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has today congratulated the government for both achieving the best prescribed burning results in 29 years and perhaps more importantly, giving the issue Ministerial attention. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said today’s media statement released by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson was very positive, but it also highlights just…

AVBFB meets ERA regarding ESL

Representatives of the AVBFB met with the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) this week to follow up on our written submission to the current Emergency Services Levy (ESL) Review. While the discussion was very wide ranging, we took the opportunity to emphasize a few very important key points with regard to the ESL and how it…

Volunteer Week Message from the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) is a national body whose members are the state based volunteer representative bodies such as the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. The combined group nationwide represents over 250,000 volunteers in various fire services with bush fire and rural fire services accounting for the vast majority of…

Applications invited for Association – Western Power grants up to $5,000, closing 1st June

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in partnership with Western Power invites applications from Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades for grants up to $5,000. The application period will close on 1st June and applications can only be accepted from brigades located in areas linked to Western Power’s integrated electricity network. Brigades are not eligible if…

Support for Rural Fire Service reflects the Association’s position

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades draws readers’ attention to several letters to The West Australian supporting the Ferguson Inquiry recommendations. These letters are an important reminder that people with an interest in bush fire management have not forgotten the purpose or outcome of the Ferguson Inquiry, including the recommendation for an independent Rural…

How a prescribed burn helped stop two bush fires – evidence to counter dangerously reckless views

Lifting our prescribed burning effort has been a long standing topic of advocacy by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. The need for prescribed burning in helping protect communities from bush fires is well known to the Association, volunteers and anyone else with bush fire experience. Alas, the wisdom behind prescribed burning remains elusive…