AVBFB thanks CSBP for supporting the volunteers who support them

AVBFB President Dave Gossage was on hand yesterday to personally thank corporate supporter CSBP for their support of our amazing volunteer bush fire brigades over the years. The photo below shows Shire of Dowerin President Cr Dale Metcalf and Chief Fire Control Officer Phil Pickering with Matthew Williams from CSBP who was very proud to…

Feedback from Bushfire Mitigation Summit

What did some of the stakeholders have to say after attending the Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in Mandurah recently. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA president Dave Gossage. Mr Gossage said all stakeholders at the summit worked co-operatively to discuss major issues surrounding bushfire mitigation, but there was no clear outcomes. “I’d say…

Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…

The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…