Farmers apply heat in bushfire battle

It’s the fire of pressure on the State Government and Premier Colin Barnett, in particular, to create a separate and independent rural bushfires authority. Following last week’s story in Farm Weekly citing a move by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (AVBFB) to fight for an independent fire authority, the Country Regions…

Volunteer training qualifications – a national issue

Recognition of training between jurisdictions and organisations remains a major issue under discussion at state and even national level. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA, through the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA), has sought clarity on how the emergency management governance structure functions and where the Volunteer training qualifications is within…

Association President to shave head for right price to help Bedfordale Volunteer Bushfire Brigade members to support 4yo cancer patient

The Association’s President, Dave Gossage, will join other Bedfordale BFB volunteers in shaving his head to raise money to support 4 year old Dwight Wenban’s fight against cancer. Dave will shave his head if he reaches the $2,000 sponsorship target so let’s all chip in to help Dwight and get Dave’s head shaved.   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   BEDFORDALE…

Bush fires – perils of ignoring proven wisdom

Until green politics and academic abstractions clouded official thinking, Western Australia was the prime example of how best to minimise mega-bushfires’ destruction of life and property. Now we burn like the rest of Australia. Can anything be done? Curiously, the answer to the Australian bushfire challenge is not only well-known, it has been successfully field-tested. From about the…

Mid West DOAC in Coorow

The Mid West DOAC meeting was held recently in Coorow. It was the first meeting with new Chair Steve Lloyd who is also the Association’s Midwest Regional representative. The Association was represented at the meeting by Alison Lloyd, the Association’s other Midwest Regional representative who reported to the meeting about the Association’s activities and Tony…

Presumptive Legislation introduced into Parliament

It has been a long time coming since its initial announcement but this week the government put its ‘presumptive legislation’ before Parliament. The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Jo Francis MLA, introduced the ‘Firefighters and Emergency Volunteers Legislation Amendment (Compensation) Bill 2016’ into the Parliament. The Association welcomes the Bill as we have been a…

City of Busselton begin burn offs

Prescribed burns are taking place throughout the region with the first one occurring at Meelup Park with the assistance of 36 volunteers. The burn was part of the City of Busselton’s fire management plan and was overseen by the city’s community emergency services manager Tim Wall. Mr Wall said the area of Meelup Park needed careful maintenance as it was an…