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…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…

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…