Peer Support Officers

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about Peer Support Officers and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) How many peer support officers have been appointed within DFES: (a) with career fire-fighters; and…

ESL – Expenditure locations

The Opposition spokesperson for Emergency Services Margaret Quirk asked a question in Parliament today about ESL expenditure locations and received this response from the Minister for Emergency Services Hon Joe Francis: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to your response to Question on Notice No. 2750 asked on 13 August 2014…

Request from Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project

We received the following request for information from the Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project. Please make contact with them directly if you would like to help. Seeking Historical information on the following Pilbara Brigades as part of the Pilbara Volunteer Firefighters History Project: Port Hedland South Hedland Wittenoom Onslow Roebourne Dampier Wickham Karratha Tom Price…

Vale Andrew Harrison

On behalf of the tens of thousands of Western Australian Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members, the Association sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Andrew Harrison, the CFS volunteer who suffered severe burns and later passed away while protecting his local community in South Australia on Friday. Below is an article from…

Bushfires – Inside The Inferno S1 Ep1

If you missed the first episode of the informative SBS program “Bushfires – Inside the Inferno” on Wednesday night, you can download and watch it at this address: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/346404419939/Bushfires-Inside-The-Inferno-S1-Ep1?cid=od:v2:1#__federated=1 And here’s a brief summary of what it’s all about: In Australia, our bushfire season commences earlier and earlier and on the verge of another sweltering…

Dumped PPE found in Bush

The Association received the following email from a member of the public last week. If your Brigade is missing any of the items mentioned, please make contact with us. Please advise members that a quantity of fire fighting clothing, including hard hat, goggles, masks, and other items was dumped in the bush on Stake Hill…

Update on VAC

Members know that in July the Association asked the Department to revise the proposed terms of reference for the establishment of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. Since then, the AVBFB has been in regular contact with the Department to try to elicit a formal response. Within the last 7 days, it has been confirmed that the…

Kwinana South VBFB Open Day

  What are doing on Sunday? Of course… you’ll be trimming trees and vegetation around the house, cleaning leaves out of your gutters and making sure you and your family are bushfire ready! But after you’ve done that, why not drop in on the Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade open day? There’ll be activities,…

SW fireys brace for hot summer

Firefighters in the South West are bracing for a dangerous bushfire season amid tinder-dry soil conditions and forecasts of hotter than average weather this summer. The Weather Bureau yesterday released its seasonal outlook for November to January, predicting above-average temperatures across the South West. Although the bureau said there was a 65-70 per cent chance…