Getting prepared for bushfire season

The Department of Local Government and Communities is working with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the State Emergency Management Committee and other stakeholders to assist local governments and their communities prepare for the bushfire season. The State-wide ‘ Are You Ready?’ campaign encourages local governments to promote the ‘Prepare. Act. Survive.’ message in…

New statues pay tribute to our fallen firefighters

Two life-sized bronze statues acknowledge sacrifices of firefighters Fallen firefighters honoured at memorial service in Kings Park Premier Colin Barnett today unveiled two life-sized bronze statues, modelled on Western Australian firefighters, at the International Firefighters’ Day Memorial Service. Mr Barnett said the statues, situated at the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park, paid tribute to…

Presumptive Legislation Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades left out!

It has been brought to the association’s attention today that the first and second reading of the WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND INJURY MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2013 was tabled in parliament. The association expresses its strong disappointment that the volunteers who provide the state with 98% of their protection via free labour, saving the community millions every year, who are not…

AVBFB warmly welcomes Labor promise

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has welcomed the Labor Party’s election commitment to formally acknowledge the enormous contribution volunteers make to Western Australia’s emergency services. AVBFB Vice President Dave Gossage said today’s announcement by Shadow Emergency Services Minister Margaret Quirk addresses a serious underlying issue that the current State Government has failed to identify.“We are…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades: Tackling the challenge head on

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Terry Hunter said he continues to get positive feedback from the community in relation to the unselfish and personal sacrifice our Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members continue to offer so freely to the community of Western Australia. “Whilst we acknowledge there are a number of emergencies around the state…