Employer Recognition Awards 2016

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates the sixty eight Western Australian businesses, including self-employed volunteers, who were recipients of the Volunteer Employer recognition Awards for 2016. The awards recognise the vital contribution of employers through their support for emergency services volunteers.  The Awards Ceremony was opened by Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne…

Farewelling Stephen McDonald

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades received calls inquiring about Steve McDonald’s funeral from volunteers who were unable to attend. The Association sought approval from Steve’s wife Wendy to share the eulogy of his life and fire story with you all.   There were many volunteers at the funeral who travelled from across the state,…

Government offers new counselling for Waroona-Yarloop fire victims

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the government’s announcement of a new and free counselling service available for people affected by the Waroona-Yarloop bushfires.   This will be a considerable improvement for Yarloop residents who previously only had access to counselling by telephone or with services located out of the town.  Child Protection Minister…

New belt buckle in stock

The silver belt buckle prize in our recent raffle generated interest in the pewter version of the buckle. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades had a small number in stock that sold out quickly and have waited for more to arrive. The good news is that our new stock has arrived and those who…

Applications sought for Resilience Ambassadors Program

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades encourages younger Volunteer Bush Fire Fighters to consider applying for the Resilience Ambassadors Program. The Resilience Ambassadors Program is a new initiative providing an opportunity for a small number of outstanding individuals aged under 30 and actively engaged in disaster resilience. The successful applicants will participate in a one-year…

Vale Stephen McDonald

Members of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades were saddened to hear of the loss of our friend, and friend to all volunteers, Stephen McDonald.  Stephen was highly regarded in both a professional and personal sense by the many volunteers who got to know him over the many years he devoted to the cause…