Your experience can help Evacuation Planning

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is currently reviewing the Evacuation Planning Handbook and is undertaking a survey to gather views of people with experience with evacuations. Given the last few years of major events, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades would encourage volunteers with some experience of evacuations to contribute their knowledge…

Greens WA release Bush Fire Readiness policy

The Greens WA Party released its Bush Fire Readiness policy this week. Their policy agenda is published below. The policy release has been welcomed by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, the State Emergency Service Volunteers’ Association, the Emergency Services Volunteers Association, WAFarmers and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association who have worked together to…

Pauline Hanson’s support for Volunteer Bush Fire fighters recognised in WA

Last year witnessed a politically vicious campaign orchestrated by the Victorian United Fire Fighters Union. The campaign was to pressure the Victorian Labor government to force the Country Fire Authority to sign an enterprise agreement that would give the union significant control over the volunteer fire fighters operating under the Country Fire Authority. The industrial…

On the fire ground in the Avon Valley

Volunteer and career fire fighters were kept last this week with a number of fires around the state including a challenging fire in the Avon Valley near Bell’s Rapids. Crews from Bush Fire Brigades, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife and Volunteer and Career Fire and Rescue Service, supported by aerial fire fighting resources and…

Queensland’s emergency services’ volunteers lobbying for respect and better management

The Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland has taken an active role on behalf of other volunteer groups in the emergency sector to advocate to political parties reform for a better emergency services system and greater respect for volunteers. One of the matters being pursued is the creation of an Emergency Volunteer Respect Act that would give volunteers…

Free hearing checks

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades are offered free hearing checks by AudioClinic. Hearing is one of our most precious senses and is fundamental to our overall health, wellbeing and quality of life It is now estimated that 1 in 6 people are affected by some form of hearing loss. AudioClinic are offering groups that meet on…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Committee, staff and volunteer helpers at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades wish all members of Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of Western Australia, your families, and all our friends in the emergency services community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You can feel comfortable that for Western Australia’s…

Association in talks with DFES on volunteer advisory groups

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was invited to meet this week with Stuart Wade, Superintendent Operational Resources, to discuss DFES’ progress on volunteer advisory groups for vehicles, equipment and clothing. The Association was represented by President Dave Gossage AFSM and Vice President Phil Penny and accompanied by Tony Papafilis. We appreciate Superintendent Wade…

First responder map pack available

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the release of the First Responder Map Pack by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). DFES have developed an electronic mapping solution designed to inform and facilitate first response navigation, situational awareness and planning. DFES Intelligence Branch has created a first responder map pack that…