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…

Information session on the DRFD hosted by Bunbury VBFB

The Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades (AVBFB) will be provide information on the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) and what it means for Volunteer Bushfire Brigades as well as updates on big changes coming in training, structure and more. All volunteers from Bushfire Brigades in the Southwest are invited to attend. If you have questions,…

Closing soon: Register for free AFAC Conference tickets, travel, accommodation and meals

It’s not too late to score free tickets to the 2018 AFAC Conference + accommodation, travel and meals* The annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) conference will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5 to 8 September. This year, instead of the usual WA Volunteer Conference, members of…

Rural Fire Division: Information for Brigades

What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)? How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry? Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES? Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the…

Join local volunteers, AVBFB Committee and politicians tomorrow in Collie

The volunteer committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) do their best to get out into the regions and engage directly with members and other important stakeholders whenever possible. This weekend, the State Committee will be having a quarterly meeting in Collie and thanks to the wonderful team at the Allanson Volunteer…

National Volunteering Conference 2018

Scholarships to help ES Volunteers attend National Volunteering Conference in Sydney

Regular readers will remember our January 11 article about the Commonwealth Government providing scholarships to help those in regional communities to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018 in Sydney in June. We received some great news this week from our friends over at Volunteering WA: the Federal Government has now released scholarships specifically to help…

Scholarships Available – Attend the National Volunteering Conference!

Our friends at Volunteering WA recently sent us the information below, announcing that the Department of Social Services (DSS) have funding available for those who would like to attend the 2018 National Volunteering Conference to be held in Sydney in June. If you have some interest, please jump on the site and fill in the…

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2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games: Get Fit, Get excited and Get to Mandurah!

The Australasian Police and Emergency Services (AP&ES) Games, are a biennial event held throughout Australia and New Zealand. The 17th Games will be hosted within the City of Mandurah, Western Australia, between the 28th October and 3rd November 2018. The Games are open to all serving, retired members and registered volunteers of eligible agencies. Eligible…

Scholarships available for women engaged in fire prevention activities

We recently received this correspondence from Women and Leadership Australia and thought it might be useful for some of our incredible women volunteers. Dear Dave, Earlier this year a small pool of scholarship funding was provisioned for women working in the fire prevention sector to undertake a range of leadership development programs. As a result,…

50% discount for BFB volunteers to Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is the organiser of the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference (ANHMC10) in Perth, would like to advise all emergency services volunteers that they are eligible for a 50% discount to attend ANHMC10. The discounted price of $225 covers: The Conference: Both days of the two-day conference (31…

Dardanup Central VBFB gets Squirted

The Association has some exciting news and a fantastic opportunity for a community minded sponsor to help spread the word about bush fire readiness and community resiliency – we have stretched our resources to purchase “Squirt” the world’s smallest fire tanker. As you can see in this great shot from his recent visit to Preston…

Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships – Round 2 applications now open

Some may have seen a message on the volunteer portal or email from DFES regarding Round 2 of the Federal Government’s AIDR training scholarships. If so, please be aware that the statement below is not correct: “all applications must be endorsed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services” Members of the Western Australian Volunteer…

Photo: AVBFB President Dave Gossage and other Emergency Services leaders at the Volunteering WA 2017 Conference.

Summary of Volunteering WA 2017 Conference

The AVBFB was proud to be represented at the Volunteering WA 2017 Conference recently and thanks to DFES, offer the following summary below: The emergency services were represented with staff and volunteers from: Marine Services SES Strategic Volunteer and Youth Programs SWORD Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Association Volunteer Marine Rescue Service The conference provided a…

City of Geraldton: Applications open for Emergency Operations Officer

The City of Greater Geraldton is seeking applications for the position of Emergency Operations Officer, which will also take on the role of the City’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO). We know a number of Local Governments that had previously accepted an embedded DFES employee under the title of Community Emergency Services Manager (CESM) found…

2017 WAFES Conference – call for quick registrations

The annual Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) Conference will commence on Friday night 8th September and close Sunday 10th September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registrations are now open and each Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade may register up to two members for the conference. If more than 2 members of any…

Funding grants for women’s leadership development

The AVBFB is deeply proud to represent thousands of incredible women who actively volunteer in the many front line and support roles that make our diverse service so invaluable to Western Australia. We strongly encourage all of those – and the men who support them – to apply for one of the Women & Leadership…

Junior First Aid Training – Geraldton 24 June 2016

The AVBFB has been asked to share the following information regarding DFES-funded First Aid Training for hunior brigade members as widely as possible: Consultation with Brigades, Groups, Units (BGUs), Volunteer Associations and DFES Operational Staff has identified a range of training opportunities to assist young peoples’ skills and leadership development  in emergency services volunteering. DFES…

Fire resilience workshop

Our friends at South Coast NRM and the City of Albany are presenting a Fire Resilience Workshop on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The event promises an interactive and entertaining presentation by the Forever Projects’ Chris Ferreira, learning about: Balancing fire safety with biodiversity Designing a more fire-safe, productive and sustainable famr Fire-safe design principles for…