ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

State’s first Aboriginal volunteer emergency services unit officially opened

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan. One of WA’s largest Aboriginal communities has become the first to have its own dedicated Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit New Bidyadanga unit significantly improves response times in surrounding areas including the Great Northern Highway Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency…

AVBFB releases short “explainer” video on wildfire suppression techniques: Scaddan

With our lack of resources, we certainly can’t claim to have a team like the newly formed “DFES Digital” – but the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) does have some bloody hard working volunteers who are not only bush fire experts, but also getting better and better at some of the digital tools…

AVBFB celebrates Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West. 19 awards…

Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade member Gary Vince collects the donation from Armadale Scouts member Blake Webster (front). Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen

Examiner: An insight into brigade life

Last weekend at an open day members of the Bedfordale community had an opportunity to see first hand how their local brigade operates. About 150 residents turned up to ask questions, see the trucks and enjoy a free sausage sizzle while Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade volunteers were given a chance to say thank you to the community who support them. Social and fundraising committee coordinator Gary Vince said…

Swiftworks Partnership update and pricing announcement

Swiftworks Partnership Update Since the launch of the partnership between the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) and SwiftWorks at the AFAC Conference this year, feedback from volunteers and Local Governments has been very positive. The uptake of the system, which is fully integrated with Local Government and State reporting requirements, is making the…

“Mad Dogs” bring home Silver – in 3 firefighting events at the 2018 APESGames!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud to have been a supporter of the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games (APESGames) in Mandurah over the last week and even more proud of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that participated with such competency and honour. One of those teams were the “Mad Dogs”…

City of Kwinana hosts joint VBFS/CFRS rural-urban interface exercise

With thanks to the City of Kwinana Volunteer Bushfire Brigades that hosted, a really worthy regional exercise was undertaken recently in collaboration with DFES. The exercise involved Bush Fire Volunteers and Career Fire Fighters from the area and was designed to be a rural-urban interface training activity. The wider community was also engaged as the…

QWN: Colin de Grussa to Emergency Services Minister re Members of Parliament visiting volunteers

The following Question Without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered today by the Hon Stephen Dawson as the Minister representing the Hon Fran Logan Emergency Services Minister. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s response to question without notice…

QwN: Mia Davies to Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan re access to volunteers

The following Question Without Notice was asked by Mia Davies, Leader of the Nationals WA and answered by Hon Fran Logan, Emergency Services Minister today in the Legislative Assembly. We sometimes edit out the irrelevant interactions we record but on this occasion, have provided the full transcript so members can see just how much passion…