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…

Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA 2017-

Minister fudges Dorothy Dix on Bushfire Centre of Excellence: Opposition fails to ensure accuracy

The following “Dorothy Dix” Question Without Notice was asked by the Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke and answered today in Parliament by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan MLA. While the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very supportive of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) and appreciative of the work of…

Shadow Minister Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Government finally listens on Bushfire Centre of Excellence

Please find below a media statement from the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC regarding the government’s announcement the Bushfire Centre of Excellence will be built in the Shire of Murray. The State Government has succumbed to pressure from the State Opposition and South West communities and agreed to locate the…

Peak body makes innovative offer to add significant value to Bushfire Centre of Excellence and local community

Key points: Bush fire brigades peak body offers to move its headquarters to the Shire of Murray to improve cooperation and collaboration between volunteers, Rural Fire Division (RFD) and local governments. Offer includes innovative proposal to incorporate Centre for Bushfire Education and Heritage (CBEH) concept to showcase its fleet of up to 20 historical vehicles…

QwN: Hon Steve Thomas to Hon Stephen Dawson re Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Dr Steve Thomas and answered today in Parliament by the Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Emergency Services Minister. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s now 10-month old announcement from April 2018…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

Happy New Year, more change ahead

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) takes great pleasure in wishing every one of WA’s diverse and invaluable emergency service volunteers and their families the very best for 2019. 2018 has seen the foundations laid for significant change for our Volunteer Bush Fire Service in particular, with the somewhat disappointing announcement in April…

WA Gov’t: Inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Forum outcomes now available

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan regarding the recently held Bushfire Mitigation Forums. The AVBFB was invited to, and attended one of these forums and will publish comment regarding the document referred to below in the coming weeks. Collective ideas and suggestions from volunteers, agencies and other…

DFES: Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence/DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The following media statement was published by DFES at 10am today. The original title was “Call for EOI on new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” and was later changed to “DFES clarifies EOI for new Bushfire Centre of Excellence” Local Governments in the South West Land Division interested in hosting the new Bushfire Centre of Excellence…

AVBFB on the road: South West

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage hit the road again recently to catch up with Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades through the South West and lower South West. Whilst out and about, Dave swung by the Shire of Nannup and found a number of volunteers from different brigades in…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

Information session on the DRFD hosted by Bunbury VBFB

The Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades (AVBFB) will be provide information on the DFES Rural Fire Division (DRFD) and what it means for Volunteer Bushfire Brigades as well as updates on big changes coming in training, structure and more. All volunteers from Bushfire Brigades in the Southwest are invited to attend. If you have questions,…

WA Govt: Improved remote command response unveiled at AFAC Conference

Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference Launch of State’s first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services…