Training Information Bulletin 5/2014

This Training Information Bulletin is provided to detail proposed changes to the trainer and assessor model and includes updates on other training matters. The new trainer assessor (TA) model has been developed in response to feedback from volunteers on the onerous nature of the constant changing of training and assessment qualification requirements by Innovation and…

Tough start for fire volunteers

MORE than 400 firefighters spent five days containing an underground fire near Neerabup Lake. The peat fire started after lightning struck the area on Saturday, October 18. The fire burned underground until flames broke through the surface about noon on October 21. Wanneroo chief bush fire control officer Phil Hay said conditions were “very dangerous,…

VAC update

The Association continues to receive enquiries about the status of the proposed Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC). After following up with DFES again this week, the AVBFB has been told that the amendments to the Terms of Reference recommended by the members of the proposed VAC in June are now being considered by the Minister’s office, who…

Volunteer firefighters urged to be patient and engaged with Local Government reform

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has urged members in local government areas where boundaries will change to ensure they stay in close contact with their respective local governments as the process progresses. AVBFB President Terry Hunter said boundary changes unveiled today by the State Government are likely to have significant impact on…

Sporting great pads up as Bushfire Ready Ambassador

Former Test cricketer Justin Langer fronts Are You Ready? campaign Preparing for bushfires is a shared responsibility between government,  community groups and individuals Cricketing great Justin Langer will lead this summer’s Are You Ready? bushfire campaign as Western Australia’s new Bushfire Ready Ambassador. The campaign, launched today, drives home the message that preparing for bushfires…

Resilient Australia Awards

The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Joe Francis, read the following Brief Ministerial Statement in the Western Australian Parliament yesterday: “On 8 October, I joined the federal Minister for Justice, Hon Michael Keenan, to present the Resilient Australia Awards to this year’s Western Australian recipients. These awards are sponsored by the commonwealth Attorney-General’s department in…

Emergency vehicle travel times

This Parliamentary Question without Notice was asked by Hon Ken Travers and answered by the Attorney General Hon Michael Mischin on behalf of the Emergency Services Minister in the Legislative Council on Tuesday 14 October: (1) Has there been any impact on the travel time of emergency vehicles moving east/west across the city since the closure of Riverside…

‘Selfish’ thieves rob fire brigade’s shed

The group representing the State’s bushfire volunteers has slammed a recent burglary on the Quindanning Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade as “selfish”, calling the act “foolishness” of the highest order. The executive officer at the Association for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Darren Brown, came out in support of the 12 Quindanning volunteer firemen whose sheds were…

“High risk” bushfire areas

This question without notice was asked by the Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich and answered by the Attorney General representing the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services in the WA Legislative Council on Wednesday 15 October: Can the Minister for Emergency Services advise what local government areas have been identified as “high risk for this year’s bushfire…

West Perth Fire Station

This Parliamentary Question without Notice was asked by Hon Ken Travers and answered by the Attorney General Hon Michael Mischin on behalf of the Emergency Services Minister in the Legislative Council on Tuesday 14 October: I refer to the announcement of a new fire station in West Perth, and ask: (a) has a location been identified for the…