AVBFB provides DRFD update in Bunbury (with a very special guest)

AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Bunbury VBFB Captain Terri Kowal (front) presenting the briefing on the DFES RFD and other news to around 50 south west volunteers including AVBFB Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster (in the Gold Bush Fire Service shirt at the back).Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage, Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster and…

ABC interviews Dave Gossage and former Obama ES advisor

ABC Australia Wide’s Sinead Mangan interviews the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage representing the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) and Craig Fugate, former administrator of FEMA in the United States and was an advisor to President Barrack Obama. Note: If the audio player above does not load for you, please…

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

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

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…

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…

ABC Country Hour interview with Dave Gossage re Rural Fire Division

The audio below is from a live interview ABC Country Hour host Belinda Varischetti had with the President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Dave Gossage today regarding the government announcement establishing a new Rural Fire Division (RFD). Belinda and Dave discuss the Association’s view that although it is not fully independent of…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

AVBFB helps celebrate opening of Harvey Emergency Services Centre

  AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Vice President Phil Penny (wearing his local Chief hat) were on hand to help the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Emergency Services, Commissioner Darren Klemm, Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke and Harvey Shire President Cr Tania Jackson celebrate the opening of the brand new Harvey Emergency Services Centre last weekend. The…

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,…