Update on ESL reforms

Anyone who has been reading our newsletters or attended a Brigade briefing over the past few years will be well aware the hard working team at the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been tirelessly trying to improve the perception of, and access to, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) grant funding for Local Governments…

Stoneville volunteer to walk 120km to fundraise for Brigade

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) remains deeply disappointed that of the almost $400,000,000 the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will receive this year from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), only 6% (~ $22M) is allocated to grants for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades – WA’s largest emergency service with around 10…

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…

NFPA: Doing Good in a good way, helping neighboring communities with wildfire safety preparedness

Here’s a wonderful article from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is a great reminder that despite the way it is often presented, effective bushfire mitigation involves much more than just planned (prescribed) burning. Even though the government has just raised the Emergency Services Levy (ESL) by around 10% with most…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

Busselton-Dunsborough Times: Funds windfall for sea rescue group

Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue has been identified as a priority in the allocation of record funding from the State Government after years of relying heavily on independent fundraising and securing limited government grants. Announced by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan in Busselton this month, the service’s “blatant underfunding” — as lamented by volunteers — will…

WA Gov’t: Record funding for WA’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

More than $19 million over four years for local sea rescue groups First time long-term funding secured Funding for much-needed fleet and safety upgrades The McGowan Labor Government has addressed another shameful Liberal National Government legacy by investing a record additional $19.5 million over four years in the State’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS). This…