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…

The Advertiser: SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon pledges cut to ESL for all, elimination for SA’s 15,000 emergency services volunteers

Treasurer urged to reduce ESL after 2017 bushfire-free summer Emergency service volunteer numbers nosedive since ESL increase EMERGENCY service volunteers would be exempt from paying the emergency services levy and all households would get a cut in the bill under an election pledge from SA Best. The State Government controversially doubled the property-based charge in…

ERA’s Emergency Services Levy Report: Volunteers look to the future

The peak body for Western Australia’s largest emergency service has welcomed today’s publication of the ERA’s Review of the Emergency Services Levy: Final Report, supporting many of its recommendations. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said the oversight and transparency of the ESL have been major points of contention within and between the various emergency services for…

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,…

AVBFB meets with Minister Logan

The AVBFB is appreciative to have had a lengthy and productive meeting with Emergency Services Minister, Hon Fran Logan today. A number of important issues were discussed including many aspects of the ESL, the Rural Fire Service and the impact the changing nature of our communities is having on the recruitment and retention of volunteers…

DFES area officer for Albany Tim Wall hands over the keys to the new fire truck to former Kojonup chief bushfire control officer Tim Johnston. Picture: Shire of KojonupPicture: Shire of Kojonup

New fire truck a welcome addition

Members of the Kojonup Bushfire Advisory Committee received a new Isuzu fire truck last month, after it was found its old fire truck needed mechanical repairs. The new $380,000 fire truck was provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to replace the committee’s existing Kojonup 2.4R fire truck. Kojonup bushfire emergency officer Rob…

Quick Quiz: ESL and Mitigation

Did you know that under the current rules that dictate what can be funded from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), mitigation is specifically not allowed? There’s been a fair bit of discussion about mitigation and its importance since WA’s recent run of catastrophic bush fires so we thought we would run a quick quiz to…

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair (ESL up 3.35%)

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair ​McGowan Government announces changes to household fees and charges Concession programs improved to minimise the impact on those in most need Annual Energy Assistance Payment increased to $300, a $66 increase from 2016-17 Increased funding for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme and financial counselling No new…

Prescribed burning result a good start, but a lot of catch up required

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has today congratulated the government for both achieving the best prescribed burning results in 29 years and perhaps more importantly, giving the issue Ministerial attention. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said today’s media statement released by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson was very positive, but it also highlights just…