“Mad Dogs” bring home Silver – in 3 firefighting events at the 2018 APESGames!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is proud to have been a supporter of the 2018 Australasian Police and Emergency Service Games (APESGames) in Mandurah over the last week and even more proud of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades that participated with such competency and honour. One of those teams were the “Mad Dogs”…

Local Governments invited to tender for Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The government has sought to mitigate tensions around where its promised Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) will be built by calling for tenders from Local Governments. Regular readers will know that Shadow Emergency Services Minister Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC asked this Question Without Notice in Parliament on 17 May regarding how United Firefighters Union State…

Letter to the Editor: Native orchids under burn threat

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) considers it unfortunate that the unknown author of the Letter to the Editor published in today’s West Australian newspaper below appears to have had dual purposes in writing to the newspaper. On face value, the correspondent seems to be arguing against a planned fuel reduction burn at…

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: New DVD a tool for fire safety

Testimonies from residents who went through the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop Bushfires stirred hearts at the launch of Harvey Shire Council’s bushfire preparedness DVD on Thursday, which aims to prepare other communities. Councillors, shire staff, emergency services representatives and residents interviewed for the DVD, attended the launch of Importance of Preparedness: Lessons Learnt 2016 January Bushfires at the former…

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Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…

Bushfire summit sets new direction

THE State government has committed to a second Bushfire Mitigation Summit next year, after key representatives from across WA gathered for the first time in Mandurah last week to discuss bushfire risk management. Approximately 70 representatives from government agencies to volunteer associations and advocacy groups attended the invitation-only Bushfire Mitigation Summit last Friday. WA Emergency…

QwN: Peel Mobile Health Service

The following Question Without Notice was asked by the new Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke to the Hon Roger Cook, Minister for Health, in Parliament yesterday: Mrs R.M.J. CLARKE to the Minister for Health: I refer to the Peel Mobile Health Service, which the previous Liberal–National government and the member for Dawesville provided no funding for,…

Submissions urgently requested for Bushfire Mitigation Summit

Submissions urgently requested for Bushfire Mitigation Summit From the OEM website: The State Government is committed to hearing stakeholders’ views on a range of bushfire management issues to guide future strategies to mitigate bushfires in Western Australia. With three special inquiries and numerous events impacting on the people, property and environment in Western Australia we…

Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…