RMC Rail Services keeps Wanneroo Fire Support Brigade on track with donation

We’ve said it before and frankly, we can’t say it enough – the incredible 26,000 women and men who routinely leave their family, home and job to protect those of others simply couldn’t do it without the amazing support of so many quiet helpers behind the scenes. And one such example is RMC Rail Services’…

Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme Western Australia managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

ES Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme 2019 now open

Members are advised that applications for the Government’s Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card scheme are now open and will close on Monday 15 July 2019. Below is some relevant information provided by DFES as the agency managing the scheme. All Brigades are encouraged to make use of this small “gift” in recognition of some of…

Does your Brigade have noisy equipment? Help us help you

Volunteer Fire Brigades zone representative raises issue of deafening pump on appliance on behalf of local Member Brigade AVBFB State Committee determines this is a common problem across brigades and appliances that needs united advocacy If your Brigade has appliances and/or equipment that is unacceptably loud, let us know ASAP so we can help identify…

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 –…

Volunteers from 130km away join Yarloop VBFB to mark 3rd anniversary

As you can see from the post below, wonderful ladies and gentlemen from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade travelled to Yarloop on Tuesday to join their heroic colleagues from many other brigades across the south west to mark the third anniversary of the devastating Yarloop and Waroona fires in 2016. While the never-ending willingness…

AVBFB releases short “explainer” video on wildfire suppression techniques: Scaddan

With our lack of resources, we certainly can’t claim to have a team like the newly formed “DFES Digital” – but the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) does have some bloody hard working volunteers who are not only bush fire experts, but also getting better and better at some of the digital tools…

City of Kwinana hosts joint VBFS/CFRS rural-urban interface exercise

With thanks to the City of Kwinana Volunteer Bushfire Brigades that hosted, a really worthy regional exercise was undertaken recently in collaboration with DFES. The exercise involved Bush Fire Volunteers and Career Fire Fighters from the area and was designed to be a rural-urban interface training activity. The wider community was also engaged 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…

Letter to the Editor: Native orchids under burn threat

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) considers it unfortunate that the unknown author of the Letter to the Editor published in today’s West Australian newspaper below appears to have had dual purposes in writing to the newspaper. On face value, the correspondent seems to be arguing against a planned fuel reduction burn at…

United Firefighters Union QLD weigh into “My Health”

In a direct communique to Members of the Queensland United Firefighters Union (UFU) this week, General Secretary John Oliver explained his personal decision to boycott the scheme. Although starting his message encouraging every member to make their own decision, Mr Oliver’s explanation about why he has chosen to opt out paints a fairly concerning picture.…

AVBFB helps negotiate resolution to Bunbury appliance issue

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend a meeting with the City of Bunbury CEO, several Councillors and the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade to help work through issues regarding a light tanker. The meeting was called to resolve a disagreement that occurred after Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funding was…

Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Terri Kowal, flanked by volunteers Tilda Mason and Clive Banks, are fired up over demands for one of its vehicles to be retired.Picture: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

South Western Times: Volunteer brigade in shock over the hand back demand

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is disappointed to learn that the issue below has not yet been resolved and is now actively assisting our friends in the Bunbury VBFB to advocate for a sensible outcome. While it is absolutely our role to assist individual brigades with specific local challenges, the issue of…