Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney MLA 2017-

Error in DFES Annual Report corrected in Parliament

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) thanks the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Fran Logan MLA for responding to our request and having the Acting Speaker Ian Blayne correct the very problematic typographical error in the DFES annual report that we raised here in Parliament today: “DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ANNUAL…

SQUIRT in the big smoke!

SQUIRT might not wear the shiny star hood ornament but s/he was certainly one of the MERC’s this weekend. Yep, SQUIRT was proud to be part of the MERC Games this weekend on the Perth foreshore – representing our amazing Bushfire Service Volunteers, some of who were competing. Check out the Mining Emergency Response Competition…

Midland Reporter: Almost 200 WA schools still waiting on ember screens ahead of bushfire season

The article below is shared with members to ensure maximum situational awareness when operating in areas near these schools. WITH summer just days away, nearly 90 per cent of schools designated as bush fire prone have not had extra preventative measures installed to reduce the risk of a fire spreading inside a school. In May,…

AVBFB on the road: South-East Wheatbelt

The tireless Volunteers behind the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) were on the road again recently, in the south-east Wheatbelt region. President Dave Gossage said the consultation trip covered towns including Ongerup, Katanning, Woodiniling, Wagin, Williams, Boddington and Kojonup. Along the way, the team spoke with many volunteers and Local Government officers and…

ABC: Fires sparked by lightning destroy $3.6 million worth of crops in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

The ABC article below gives a good overview of some significant incidents that happened in the Wheatbelt this week. But before we saw the article, we received the message below from a deeply experienced, local who made some observations about some of the stark differences between urban-focused services and the way things have worked in…

ABC: Bushfires highlight regional towns are not equipped to handle asbestos exposure

Despite the fact asbestos has not been used in Australian building materials for more than 30 years, new cases of asbestos-related diseases are steadily rising across the country. Western Australia remains Australia’s asbestos-related disease hotspot, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released this week. It said WA has around five cases…

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…