AVBFB at Mundijong DRFD Briefing

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage joined Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, John Tillman, Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale President and the Federal Labor Member of Parliament when they attended a meeting of around 20 local volunteers in Mundijong recently to provide an overview of the DFES Rural Fire…

Wildfire Today: Bushfire in Australia burns over 2 million acres, becoming a “gigafire”

A bushfire that started October 11 in Western Australia 120 km southeast of Broome burned 880,000 hectares, or 2,174,527 acres. Dry winds from variable directions and high temperatures made it very difficult to suppress. The remote location and a lack of water restricted the tactics to fighting fire with fire, constructing firelines with heavy equipment,…

Nationals WA: Labor Bans Nationals Meeting with Emergency Volunteers

The Nationals WA have expressed concern after the Minister for Emergency Services barred visiting MPs from meeting with local emergency services volunteers in the Pilbara this week. Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Colin de Grussa MLC, said barring elected Members of Parliament from speaking with local volunteers was a gross overreach by the McGowan Government. “It’s…

Volunteer firefighters Gary Olson, Keith Hughes, Doopa Parker and Leo Soentjens will go beyond the call of duty to carry out bushfire mitigation works throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions. Picture: Adam Poulsen, Adam Poulsen

Midwest Times: Kitted out to beat the flames

With bushfire season looming, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has developed a special team of volunteer firefighters tasked with helping to prevent out-of-control blazes. The Mid West-Gascoyne Regional Volunteer Mitigation Team will go beyond the call of duty, travelling throughout the region to carry out bushfire mitigation works. Its 25 members were recruited…

VFBV: CFA Volunteer peak body calls for sensible compromise on VEOHRC report

The peak body for CFA Volunteers is frustrated that a legal technicality has again been successfully used to stop the release of a government report into allegations of intimidation and discrimination within the State’s fire services. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) CEO Andrew Ford said the State’s 60,000 unpaid CFA personnel are tired of there…

AVBFB well supported at Liquor Industry Awards

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster attended the 24th Liquor Industry Awards at Crown Perth last night. The AVBFB were there as guests of the powerful Liquor Stores Association of WA (LSAWA) who selected the association as its nominated charity for this year. As well as the…