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…

AVBFB in Goomalling for AGM and send off of CFCO Barry Anderson

Volunteer AVBFB President Dave Gossage attended the Shire of Goomalling Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade AGM last night and was invited to give a brief overview of current issues. Dave’s snapshot of key issues from across the state included discussion of what the Association has been doing with respect to the Rural Fire Service, training issues,…

Members of CAVFA meeting in Sydney this week

AVBFB at Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations meeting

Representatives of the AVBFB were in Sydney over the weekend for a meeting of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA). CAVFA is a collaboration of eleven volunteer fire brigade associations representing almost every volunteer fire brigade member in Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in discussions and negotiations…

Ex-US Army Black Hawks to be refurbished in Australia for firefighting operations

  Sikorsky Helitech, Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia have signed an agreement to bring an initial 10 ex-US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia to be refurbished for use locally in aerial firefighting, emergency services and disaster relief operations. Sikorsky Helitech will carry out the ‘as new’ condition refurbishments at its Pinkenba facility…

QoN: Sirenco

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Member for Cockburn Fran Logan and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Mr F. Logan to the Minister for Emergency Services: Minister, I draw your attention to the way in which a local siren and hazard system supplier SIRENCO has been treated…

Fires left eye in the sky dark

After a decade of watching WA’s biggest bushfires from the State’s most impressive vantage point, Mike Stewart is immune to sights others would find terrifying or shocking. But, last summer’s blazes have left the Department of Fire and Emergency Services aerial attack supervisor with surreal firefighting memories he will carry for years. As fires inched…

‘Thor’ aircraft, capable of dropping 15,000 litres of water, arrives in NSW ahead of bushfire season

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has unveiled its newest firefighting tool, a massive water-bombing aircraft nicknamed Thor, ahead of the bushfire season. The plane has just arrived from North America for the Australian bushfire season and performed a practise water-bombing exercise near Richmond air base in north-west Sydney. The air tanker can drop…

Media backgrounder: WA’s Emergency Services (infographic)

The Association has been working hard to ensure the public understands that Western Australia relies heavily on the goodwill, local knowledge and expert skills of volunteers in the realm of emergency services. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that one thing the AVBFB could do to get that important message out is…

Infra-red drone in fire fight

An unmanned aerial vehicle was deployed to map the Bullsbrook fire zone using infra-red technology in an Australian-first operation on Saturday night. Aerial firefighting capability is usually non-existent after dark, when fixed-wing aircraft and helitacs cannot be used. But the Department of Fire and Emergency Services got special permission from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority…

Bindoon ‘burnover’ raises volunteer safety concerns

An article published in The Sunday Times (http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bindoon-volunteer-firefighter-dennis-badcock-recalls-close-call-after-truck-engulfed-in-burnover/story-fnhocxo3-1227180840668) this morning has prompted calls for a faster implementation of the recommendations made by an official report into the tragic death of a firefighter during the Black Cat Creek Fire in 2012. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Executive Officer Darren Brown said the relatively slow…