Local Governments invited to tender for Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The government has sought to mitigate tensions around where its promised Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) will be built by calling for tenders from Local Governments. Regular readers will know that Shadow Emergency Services Minister Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC asked this Question Without Notice in Parliament on 17 May regarding how United Firefighters Union State…

Kalamunda VBFB illustrate the value of urban fringe bushfire experts

It seems that since the government created a Rural Fire Division that has no particular relationship with rural Western Australia, we have received a fair number of requests from media and Members of Parliament to explain the various services that currently combine to provide the incredible emergency service coverage we enjoy. Some of those asking…

Witchcliffe VBFB Facebook 27-05-2018

Experts in bushfire, highly proficient in so much more…

Diverse indeed! The invaluable 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service are the experts in bush fire preparedness, prevention, response and recovery for sure. But as farmers, engineers, teachers, nurses, lawyers and home-makers, they also bring a huge array of other skills that combine to make them the absolutely awesome team they are.…

Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

WA Gov’t: Thank you to our emergency services volunteers

National Volunteer Week starts today Recognises the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout the State and nation Ninety-nine per cent of emergency services personnel in the regions are volunteers Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has expressed his gratitude and support for emergency services volunteers and the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe. This…

Cyclone Alby: 40-years on

The article below was submitted by Roger Underwood, Chairman of The Bushfire Front, and author of Cyclone Alby – memories of the 1978 Western Australian storm and bushfire crisis. Today is the 40th anniversary of the storm and bushfire crisis that hammered southern Western Australia on April 4th, 1978. To many Western Australians it was a…

Hon Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation 2017-

WA Govt: International Volunteer Day honours local contributions

Today is the United Nations’ annual International Volunteer Day, with local celebrations held at Government House Grants totalling $39,350 support 42 Thank a Volunteer Day events around WA International Volunteer Day celebrations will conclude with a garden party at Government House today to honour some of the State’s longest-serving volunteers. Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry…