AVBFB celebrates Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

Members of the the AVBFB Executive joined Commissioner Darren Klemm, Hon Adele Farina and many other tonight, Friday 9 November in the City of Busselton’s Undalup Room to recognise and celebrate some of the wonderful businesses that support our incredible Volunteer Bush Fire Service Members across the South West and Lower South West. 19 awards…

DFES: WA Firefighting Awards finalists take commitment to a new level

A very big congratulations to all finalists in this year’s WA Firefighting Awards, especially Michael Cave from the Narpyn Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (VBFB), Sean Corbin from the East Gidgegannup VBFB, Terri Kowal from the Bunbury VBFB and Nathan Garrington from East Swan VBFB. Below is the media statement naming all finalists in each category published…

WA Volunteers recognised

The following news article was published by GWN/7 News on 18 May about the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades winning the Volunteer of the Year Award.   More than 2900 fires have broken out in WA already this year. And many of them have been put out by volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteers are at…

Humility wins out for our volunteers

From a young environmentalist to a 90-year-old aged care worker, this year’s outstanding WA volunteers have one thing in common – humility. “Being a volunteer you don’t expect this but it’s nice to think I am achieving this. I am very grateful,” Betty Fairclough, 90, said. Ms Fairclough was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering…

Nominations are Now Open for the 2015 Firefighting Awards

If you know of an outstanding individual, brigade, unit or group whose contribution deserves recognition, please take this opportunity to acknowledge their efforts by nominating them to receive an award. Further information about the awards, including categories and nomination form can be found at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards The closing date for all nominations is 5pm on Friday…

Update: 5 year service medals

Those who have read our previous updates would already know that the FES Commissioner responded to the Association’s December 2014 letter in last month confirming that he had approved the inclusion of the word “Volunteer” in all future Bush Fire Service branding. We are pleased to report that DFES has confirmed this week that the new…

5 Year Service Medals – update

As we published in this update on 12 February, the Association consulted with volunteers and worked cooperatively with DFES on Bush Fire Service branding, including the design of the 5 year service medals, before making a formal request for change in late December last year. In his February letter, FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson committed to…

DFES agrees to add “Volunteer” to Bush Fire Service branding

After consulting with brigade members and their elected zone representatives regarding proposed design changes to 5 year Service Medals, it became very clear that the new design should add the word “Volunteer” to the Bush Fire Service logo. These consultations, combined with this article in The West Australian newspaper at around the same time, started…

2014 WA Firefighting Awards presented in Perth

WA’s most outstanding firefighters were recognised at the 2014 Firefighting Awards on Sunday. Five awards were handed out during the ceremony at Perth Exhibition Convention Centre for volunteer and career firefighters who have excelled while serving WA communities. Firefighters from Broome, Boddington, Cue, Fitzroy Crossing and Perth received awards. Among the recipients was Kenn McLeod…

Nominations sought for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and Emergency Services Medal (ESM).

File No: 00478 25 September 2014 DFES General Circular No: 164/2014 AUSTRALIAN FIRE SERVICE MEDAL AND EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDAL NOMINATIONS SOUGHT Nominations are currently being sought for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and Emergency Services Medal (ESM). You are encouraged to nominate any career or volunteer member that you consider worthy of recognition at…

Davies encourages women to nominate for Rural Women’s Award

Local MP Mia Davies MLA has encouraged women in the Wheatbelt to nominate for the Rural Industries and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. The award is open to all women involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia, no formal qualifications are required. The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award supports and recognises leadership roles undertaken by women…

Nominate a hero today!

We know members of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade community don’t like the word “hero” to describe what they do. But most of us know someone in our local Brigade who absolutely deserves that title. Until Tuesday, the Sunday Times and PerthNow.com.au are accepting nominations for their Pride of Australia Medal. If you know a…