Nominations open for Fire Fighting Awards 2017

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades calls on Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to get busy nominating individuals and Brigades for the Fire Fighting Awards 2017. Nominations close 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd May. The following category of awards are applicable to Bush Fire Brigades, including cadets: ·         Murray Lang Bush Fire Service award; ·         Team…

Rural fire service plan up in smoke

Regional West Australians can forget about an Eastern States-style rural fire service, because of the deterioration of the Budget, new Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has indicated. An independent rural bushfire service was the key recommendation out of the official investigation into last year’s devastating Waroona bushfire, which all but destroyed Yarloop and killed two…

Bush Fire Games 2017

Bush Fire Games 2017   The word is out that the Bush Fire Games are on again. Where? Forrestfield. When? Saturday 23rd September. Start time expected 10-11am (to be confirmed).   There have been a few changes as the Games Committee is getting the games up and running again. There is no limit on the…

South West ROAC meets in Bunbury

South West ROAC meets in Bunbury   The South West ROAC meeting was held at the new SES Base in Bunbury on Thursday, 6th April 2017. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades thanks the Bunbury SES and the City of Bunbury for hosting the meeting. The Association’s Committee member Terry Hunter chaired the meeting.…

Association responds to misguided attack over Ferguson Inquiry recommendation for independent Rural Fire Service

Association responds to misguided attack over Ferguson Inquiry recommendation for independent Rural Fire Service   The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has been a strong supporter of the Ferguson Inquiry’s recommendation for the establishment of an independent Rural Fire Service. As part of our supporting efforts, we have taken the trouble to correct some…

Learn how to handle Large Animal rescues

Learn how to handle Large Animal rescues   The Horse Council of WA, in conjunction with the SES Mounted Section and the Office of Emergency Management, are sponsoring a two day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Masterclass to be held on 1-2 May. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) offers training for emergency response services,…

Consultants invited to tender for task to help VBFBs and the Association

The Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers are the cornerstone of country/urban and rural fire management and emergency response in Western Australia. Western Australia is privileged to have approximately 26,000 volunteer Bush Fire Fighters who are based at over 560 Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades throughout the state. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of…

Association meets Minister Fran Logan

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to be invited to meet the new Emergency Services Minister, Hon Fran (Francis) Logan this week. Representing the Association at the meeting were President Dave Gossage AFSM, CEO Tony Papafilis and Glenn Dewhurst. The Minister’s Chief of Staff Tom Palmer and Policy Advisor Barry Winmar were…

Lower South West ROAC in Manjimup

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented at the Lower South West ROAC held in Manjimup by Eric Nidd, our Zone representative, and CEO Tony Papafilis. The Association’s other Lower South West Zone representative Hugh Brown was also present at the meeting, albeit in his capacity as the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire CBFCO. The meeting…