ABC: Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

One of the country’s leading bushfire experts warns Australia needs to prepare for the threat of year-round bushfires. Drought is crippling New South Wales and large parts of Queensland, setting the stage for a bad fire season in Australia with blazes already burning large tracts of land in recent weeks. Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research…

NSW RFS sponsors “Bushfire Building Conference and Forum 2018”

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud of its consistent advocacy and support for good ideas that make things better. And here’s one we came across today – the Bushfire Building Conference & Forum 2018, to be hosted by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) in the Blue Mountains and sponsored by the…

AVBFB Consultation: DRAFT Child Operational Deployment and Activities Release Form

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated for better, more thoughtful consultation with volunteers before decisions are made by the government. Needless to say, the way the DFES Rural Fire Division came about proves we’ve still got a long way to go and to Commissioner Klemm’s credit, that is openly acknowledged.…

The dingo's classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings, say researchers. Supplied: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre

ABC: Maligned dingoes emerge as unlikely heroes in study of bushfires and feral pests

Many of our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Members are either farmers themselves or have strong connections to Western Australia’s agriculture sector. As such, we thought this interesting article on recent research at Deakin University and Charles Sturt University might be worth a re-post. The dingo’s classification as a pest ignores the benefits it brings,…

BNHCRC: Bushfire potential 2017-18

BNHCRC: Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017-18 Update

Due to drier and warmer than average conditions since autumn 2017, the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2017-18 has been re-examined for southern Australia. Queensland experienced an early start to the fire season, with significant fires occurring in August. Early season fires of significance were also experienced in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Most states…

AFAC: Extreme fire behaviour: lessons learned from the Waroona fire

Extreme fire behaviour and a case study of the 2016 Waroona fire in Western Australia were explored during a recent webinar hosted by AFAC’s Predictive Services (Bushfire) Practitioners Network. The webinar, which is available below, featured Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, discussing the lessons learned from the Waroona bushfire. The audience included Fire…

AFAC: Collaboration delivers national fire weather training resource

Researchers, end users and training experts have joined forces through AFAC to develop a new, national evidence-based fire weather learning and training resource for emergency services. A project team from AFAC’s Predictive Services Group, including representatives from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), collaboratively developed Interpret and Analyse Fire Weather Information. The finished learner resource (PUAFIR414) is…

DFES Safety Circular: Safe handling of firefighting foam concentrates

SAFETY CIRCULAR 16/2017 File: D03803 | NOVEMBER 2016 SAFE HANDLING OF FIREFIGHTING FOAM CONCENTRATES Critical Message The Class A, Class B, High Expansion Foam and Training Foam concentrates used by DFES can cause serious eye damage and skin irritation on contact. Correct PPC must be worn whenever handling foam concentrates. Recent station visits undertaken as part…

DFES update re: 400MHz Radio Transition Project: Phase 2 Regional Transition

For the interest and information of Members, an update from DFES regarding the 400MHz radio project: The 400MHz project has been conducting engagement workshops across country northern regions with the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of all UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radio channels & systems within our organisation. Lower South West and Great Southern…

Government review of Fire and Emergency Management DFES General Circular No: 91/2017

After seeking permission from FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson, we have published the text of a DFES circular below dated 4 August because we believe it is relevant to our Members and other stakeholders. The AVBFB is very appreciative of the care and attention Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and his McGowan Government colleagues are…

Save the date: 28/08/15 – SWLGEMA Emergency Management Conference

Below is a self-explanatory email from Chris Widmer from the Bunbury Community Safety and Emergency Management team promoting the upcoming SWLGEMA Conference. The Aim of this year’s Conference is: To provide a collaborative working relationship between local governments, to enable them to meet risk management expectations to achieve safer communities. Hello All, 2015 – South West Local Government Emergency…