AVBFB appoints first ever full time employee

The association and charity that represents and supports Western Australia’s largest emergency service – the 26,000-strong Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has significantly enhanced its capacity to manage what it says are increasingly complex and challenging policy and stakeholder relationship issues. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has announced that the currently part-time…

WA Nationals: Minister Logan Failing Volunteer Firefighters

For member’s information, please find below a media statement published by Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa. The Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa says it is disappointing that the Minister for Emergency Services has again failed to consult and support  volunteer firefighters. The Minister has rejected an offer from WA’s…

Vale Bob Mander

As is obvious from the Facebook post below, our friends at the Vasse Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and many others are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Mander. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) extends our deepest sympathy to Bob’s family, including all those at the Brigade and beyond who were…

WAToday: WA’s volunteer firefighters fear true scale of resources needed is under-represented

WA volunteer firefighters believe the amount of people and resources used to fight bushfires around the state may be significantly under-represented through a lack of uniformity in record-keeping by local governments. In late January, both volunteer fire brigades and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters worked around the clock to stop a raging bushfire…

AVBFB President Dave Gossage interviewed by 6PR’s Oliver Peterson re planning in bushfire-prone areas

The following audio is of a discussion between radio 6PR’s Oliver Peterson and Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about the general topic of planning in bushfire-prone areas and was aired after the 4pm news today. It was followed by some very well-informed talkback callers who overwhelmingly supported the AVBFB’s view…

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…

Radio 6PR afternoons presenter Simon Beaumont interviews Dave Gossage

Radio Newstalk 6PR afternoon presenter Simon Beaumont interviewed Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage about this article about retention of emergency service volunteers that appeared in the Sunday Times yesterday. Please click the link below if the media player doesn’t load. 6PR-Interview-with-Simon-Beaumont-and-Dave-Gossage-plus-talkback-03-09-2018.mp3

Volunteers such as King River firefighter Simon Whitfort are on their last legs. Photo: ABC

ABC: Exhausted volunteer firefighters stretched thin in WA as (private) hazard reduction burns get out of control

Volunteer firefighters across southern Western Australia say they are being stretched too thin, battling an unprecedented number of private burns gone awry while trying to chase prescribed burn targets. “For the last week I’ve spent almost every day doing something to do with fire,” Great Southern volunteer firefighter Dave Wettenhall said. The veteran firefighter said…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…