AVBFB welcomes new recruits

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades congratulates Western Australia’s 23 newest career firefighters on their graduation today as announced by Emergency Services Minister the Honourable Joe Francis in this media statement. Thanks for stepping forward guys and girls – your extra numbers will add to the support the 1,100 paid officers already contribute to the…

Bushfire code may hit urban homes

[The West Australian] Inner-city homes overlooking Kings Park or backing on to nature strips would be treated the same as semi-rural blocks under proposed new bushfire planning policy and guidelines. Residents building on such sites could face development restrictions and be slugged thousands to equip their properties with anti- bushfire measures. More than 130 properties…

Life-saving rescue chopper sponsorship deal

New agreement for State’s emergency rescue helicopter RAC to continue helicopter sponsorship Service has completed close to 3,750 missions over past 11 years The RAC will continue its vital community safety partnership with the State Government by sponsoring the State’s Perth-based emergency rescue helicopter for another three years. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today announced…

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…