Shire of Esperance president Victoria Brown, DFES state operations and logistics manager Lyndon Jackson and deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman.Picture: Supplied

Kalgoorlie Miner: Bushfires contained, now for the mop-up

Esperance residents are beginning the long road to recovery after fires burning for more than seven weeks were finally contained last week. More than 350 volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service, SES, St John Ambulance and the Army Reserve combined efforts…

Bush Fire Volunteers at the Shire of Mundaring BBQ to thanks local ES volunteers

We thank the Shire of Mundaring for thanking Jan and her colleagues

It’s fair to say most local governments know just how valuable their incredible Bush Fire volunteers are, but not as many have the capacity or take the time to officially recognise it. Now, we need to be careful here – the incredible women and men we represent are certainly not knocking on our doors telling…

Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigade appliance in Norseman Western Australia March 2019

From far and wide: Geraldton crews back from Norseman

Despite the lack of coverage on metropolitan “mainstream” media, it’s been a very busy period for many of our incredible volunteer firefighters, their families and support networks. And from the many fine examples, we’ve chosen this post from the amazing women and men at the Waggrakine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in the City of Greater…

Western Power donates $50,000 to volunteer bush fire brigades

Western Power has partnered with the peak body for WA’s 26,000 volunteer bush fire brigade members again in 2019 to provide small grants to brigades for much-needed equipment and resources. Under the agreement, Western Power has generously provided $50,000 to fund equipment and resources for a minimum of 10 brigades located within the organisation’s service…

Invitation to attend Nationals WA “Emergency Services Volunteers Brekky”

The Nationals’ spokesperson for Emergency Services, the Hon Colin de Grussa MLC has asked us to share his invitation to a breakfast to thank emergency services volunteers next Wednesday in Boulder. It’s important that we hose down any conspiracy theories before they begin and let every other Member of Parliament know that if they would…

Show you care – make a nomination for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our great friends at Volunteering WA have opened nominations for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards. One of our most important roles at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is to promote the invaluable, diverse and rewarding nature of doing what our amazing 26,000 women and men do for our community –…

Grants of up to $1,000 to recognise and thank volunteers

Volunteering WA, with generous support from Lotterywest, is offering volunteer involving organisations around the State a fantastic opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1000 to organise an event which recognises and thanks volunteers during National Volunteer Week which will be held on 20-26 May 2019. This year the theme for National Volunteer…

Collie Mail: Premier Coal helps out bush fire brigade (where ESL fails)

Congratulations and thank you Premier Coal / Yancoal. Without taking away from the recognition Premier Coal deserves for supporting the Allanson Brigade, it is very important that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) explains to members that we have raised the issue of defibrillators being supplied to other volunteer fire services through the…

AVBFB celebrates Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West. 19 awards…

Swiftworks Partnership update and pricing announcement

Swiftworks Partnership Update Since the launch of the partnership between the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) and SwiftWorks at the AFAC Conference this year, feedback from volunteers and Local Governments has been very positive. The uptake of the system, which is fully integrated with Local Government and State reporting requirements, is making the…

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…

Media statement: Partnership empowers Local Government Bush Fire Volunteers and Managers

Media Statement Partnership empowers local government bush fire volunteers and managers In an Australian first, a specialist software development company has partnered directly with emergency services volunteers and produced a purpose-built volunteer management system designed to empower volunteers and help recognise their vital contribution to our community. The agreement between Australian software company Swiftworks Pty…

Year 7’s at Aveley Secondary College donate to West Swan VBFB

“Those selfish Gen Z’s!” cursed the grumpy old man who has obviously never met the Year 7 students at Aveley Secondary College. Check out this great Facebook post from our expert team at the West Swan Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. A fantastic reminder that we all look back through rose-coloured glasses from time to time,…

Applications for the 2018 Western Power grant are now open!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) in partnership with Western Power invites suitable applicants to apply for the Western Power grants of up to $5,000. Applications are open from 1st February 2018 and close on Friday 30th March 2018. Who can apply: Applications are only open to brigades located in areas linked to…