Walkaway’s 3.4 enable Wiluna VBFB to undertake structural fire training – and is put to use in real call out

The incredible ladies and gents of the Wiluna Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade have been working their arses off trying to get the tools and training they need to protect their town including structural fire fighting capacity and at least one appliance that is fit for purpose. The Member for North West Central, Vince Catania has…

QWN: Robyn Clarke to Minster Fran Logan re DFES Rural Fire Division

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice (QWN) was asked in Parliament on Wednesday by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. AVBFB Note: As can be seen in this and other articles, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is openly grateful to Minister…

WA Gov’t: State Government delivers essential funding to Surf Life Saving WA

The following Media Statement was released by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan this morning. $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023 State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA. The funding,…

Minister wraps up regional DRFD tour with a visit to the mid-west

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, various DFES and Ministerial staff have added another couple of thousand kilometres on their DFES RFD Tour, visiting the mid-west last weekend stopping at Geraldton, Northampton and Carnarvon to brief local volunteers about the new section of…

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm, DFES Rural Fire Division Acting Executive Director John Tillman and other DFES and Ministerial staff explaining the Government's recent changes to emergency service volunteers in the North West. Photo: Facebook

Minister, Commissioner and DFES staff take DRFD Tour to the North-West

Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan, Commissioner Darren Klemm and the Executive Director of the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) have certainly covered a lot of ground since announcing the Government’s decisions in response to the recommendations of the Ferguson Report into the Waroona Fire. After their lightning visits to the South-West, Great Southern and…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

The AVBFB has not changed its position

Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation distributed claiming the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has changed its position on the government’s recent announcements regarding the Rural Fire Division and other associated decisions. We have not. Since the government announced its decisions on 13 April, the AVBFB has consistently: provided public comment in support…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Aveley fire aftermath, as seen from a drone. This indicates how close it got to houses. Photo: David Baylis

The Advocate: Fire commissioner admits warning about Aveley blaze ‘not good enough’

AVBFB note: It’s wonderfully refreshing to see Government officials admit that something went wrong and take responsibility for making it better in future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) therefore congratulates FES Commissioner Darren Klemm for his commendable response to this issue and we look forward to seeing the reports of this and…

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…

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement The Association representing WA’s largest emergency service – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has welcomed the State Government’s creation of a new Rural Fire Division. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said although there is still a lot of detail to be confirmed, his Association is very…

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan, FES Commissioner Darren Klemm and DFES Career Station Officer Kim Lusk on IWD 2018

Thanks to Minister Logan and Commissioner Klemm for supporting women in Emergency Services

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) thanks Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm for supporting women in Western Australia’s Emergency Services – we need all the help we can get and gender is certainly not a reason to refuse those willing to roll up their sleeves…