Volunteers from 130km away join Yarloop VBFB to mark 3rd anniversary

As you can see from the post below, wonderful ladies and gentlemen from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade travelled to Yarloop on Tuesday to join their heroic colleagues from many other brigades across the south west to mark the third anniversary of the devastating Yarloop and Waroona fires in 2016. While the never-ending willingness…

SBS News: Bushfire season: What are firestorms and how can we fight them?

New research has helped develop a model for predicting firestorms which it’s hoped can save lives by informing firefighters’ decisions. Every summer, Australia’s firefighters struggle with the ferocity of bushfires. But when fires suddenly become firestorms, they can become deadly. What are firestorms? University New South Wales researcher Dr Rachel Badlan told SBS News firestorms…

Reminder: Natural Disaster Resilience Program 2018-19 grant round

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) competitive grant round for projects that will implement sustained disaster resilience or disaster mitigation strategies that will directly benefit the WA community is open and closes 8 February 2019. Applications are being sought from eligible organisations with projects that will reduce identified risks and close capability gaps, in an…

Mayor John Bowler said if the new DFES superintendent was not willing to live in Kalgoorlie he should not have been given the job. Photo: Kalgoorlie Miner

Kalgoorlie Miner: Remote fire chief ‘disgrace’

Mayor John Bowler says the decision to employ a Northam-based superintendent to lead the Goldfields-Midland fire services is an “absolute disgrace”. Department of Fire and Emergency Services acting deputy commissioner operations Gary Gifford said the operational capability and service delivery would remain the same for Kalgoorlie-Boulder, despite the role being based in Northam. “The residential…

Happy New Year, more change ahead

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) takes great pleasure in wishing every one of WA’s diverse and invaluable emergency service volunteers and their families the very best for 2019. 2018 has seen the foundations laid for significant change for our Volunteer Bush Fire Service in particular, with the somewhat disappointing announcement in April…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…

WA Gov’t: Inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Forum outcomes now available

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan regarding the recently held Bushfire Mitigation Forums. The AVBFB was invited to, and attended one of these forums and will publish comment regarding the document referred to below in the coming weeks. Collective ideas and suggestions from volunteers, agencies and other…

PerthNow: Women Fireys get the call

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) reminds readers that as well as the full-time career firefighting roles being promoted in the article below, a much higher percentage of women find both frontline firefighting and many other very important and satisfying roles within their local volunteer brigades. Regardless of gender or other defining feature,…

BNHCRC: Communicating for maximum comprehension

HAZARD NOTES 13 DEC 2018 Natural hazards, where risks are often high and lives and property are at stake, raise considerable uncertainty and anxiety. Providing the community with information that is designed to instil specific preparation and response behaviours is important for emergency services. Hazard Note 57 investigates a body of research to determine whether well-established, theoretical principles…