Australia grants fund to prevent bushfires

The article below was published by AustralianNews.net earlier today   The Australian government on Monday allocated $2 million to prevent deadly bushfires from ravaging rural Victorian communities. Victoria, which was hit by its worst bushfires in 2009, is a hot-spot for summer blazes. The government said the funds, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire…

PerthNow: Parkerville residents launch legal action against Western Power over 2014 fire

RESIDENTS who had their homes destroyed or damaged in last year’s Parkerville fire have launched legal action against Western Power. Nearly 140 Parkerville homeowners have joined the lawsuit against the electrical company, which is being led by law firm Slater and Gordon. Fifty-seven homes, seven outbuildings and about 392ha of bushland were burned after a…

VAC/Prescribed Association update

Just a quick update for those who have been following the AVBFB’s attempts to establish a Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) under conditions that are agreeable to both the government and those nominated by their respective DOAC’s to represent their region on a VAC. In short, the AVBFB has not yet had confirmation of whether it…

WA Conference: Last day to register for sponsored places

Today is the very last day for volunteers to register for fully sponsored places at the 2015 WAFES Conference at the Perth Convention Centre between September 18-20. For those who are accepted, DFES and LotteryWest will provide travel and accommodation (for regional Members), full conference registration and meal allowance to contribute toward the AVBFB social dinner…

Vale Don Daw

* We have been advised that the late Don Daw’s funeral will be held at St Aiden’s Anglican Church 21 Clifton Street Byford at 1400hrs Tuesday 18 August 2015 * It is with a heavy heart that the AVBFB advise of the passing of a great champion and mentor for the Volunteer Bush Fire Service of…

WAToday: State pressures Rockingham volunteer firefighters to fill Baldivis gap: firey

The state government is steam-rolling Rockingham volunteer firefighters into moving to Baldivis to cover for shortfalls, effectively threatening to disable their unit if they refuse, a volunteer has claimed. The City of Rockingham and DFES both assessed Baldivis as needing better fire services, especially for “structural” or house fires, which the council-run bushfire brigade is not trained or equipped for. But despite the need being identified, the state government had…

Examiner: Recognition for bushfire work

A lot has changed since Brian Watkins started volunteer firefighting in 1986 but his passion for the job still burns strong. Mr Watkins, manager of ranger and fire services for the City of Armadale, was recently recognised for his passion and dedication to volunteer firefighting with the national medal. He began volunteering with the Karratha…