Note regarding article on bullying

A few members have expressed concerns about the way the article in today’s West Australian reads – worried that raising the difficult issue of bullying might cause more problems for the amazing volunteers “on the ground”. Here are a few really important things to consider: The article was not prompted by the Association in any…

Last week to register for WA FES Conference

Fully sponsored places for the WAFES Conference are filling fast so the Association urges all Brigades to nominate delegates to attend the 3 day event in Perth in September. As registrations include return transport (for regional members), accommodation and meal allowance for approved members, the Association urges anyone interested in attending to make contact with…

ABC: Deadline looms for volunteer firefighters to have say on Northcliffe, Boddington fires review

Volunteer firefighters have three days left to add their feedback to a major incident review into the fires which tore through parts of Boddington and Northcliffe early this year. A review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires was announced in May and will assess how operational communications, interstate resource deployment and inter-agency collaboration were…

Urgent input into Northcliffe and Boddington fires requested

As members know, the AVBFB has been seeking more information from DFES about how volunteers can make contributions to the major incident review into the Lower Hotham and O’Sullivan fires since it was announced on 6 May. As explained in this post on 15 May, the review has been divided into three sections (Operational communications, Interstate resource…

Serving emergency services

Taking charge of Augusta Margaret River Shire’s 10 volunteer bush fire brigades is no easy task but new Community Emergency Service Manager Nathan Hall says he is up to the challenge. “I have grown up living and breathing emergency services,” he said. “When I was child my family moved to Roleystone and we had the…

WA firefighters deploy to Canadian wildfires

Below is a media statement published this morning by the WA Government. The Association wishes everyone involved a safe and effective journey. Western Australian fire agencies send firefighters to Canada’s western provinces Contingent includes experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Twelve fire and emergency services personnel and forest firefighters will depart…

Update on VVEAC

Members know that the Association wrote to DFES last week after learning that the Volunteer Vehicle & Equipment Advisory Committee (VVEAC) had been cancelled with no notice or consultation. To the credit of Deputy Commissioner Steve Fewster, he sent a response almost immediately acknowledging that the process undertaken was less than ideal and committing to produce a…