Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade say fuel loads near Prevelly and Gnarabup are at a similar level to 2011, before the devastating bushfire that destroyed 39 homes.Picture: Picture: Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade, Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

AMR Times: Fuel load alert issued

Residents in coastal areas have been warned about complacency as fuel loads return to levels seen before the devastating 2011 Margaret River bushfires. Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has urged all residents, especially in the coastal areas from Wilderness to Prevelly and Gnarabup, to implement bushfire plans and clear dead wood from around homes. “A quick…

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…

DFES Rural Fire Division ED Murray Carter explaining the new part of the Department to volunteers and LG staff at the Lower South West ROAC in Margaret River 21-06-2018

AVBFB in Margaret River for ROAC

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend the Lower South West Regional Operations Advisory Committee (ROAC) meeting in Margaret River this morning. These valuable triannual meetings bring together volunteers and representatives of Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to discuss recent events and future issues regarding the region’s PPRR…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

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…

WA Gov’t: Thank you to our emergency services volunteers

National Volunteer Week starts today Recognises the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout the State and nation Ninety-nine per cent of emergency services personnel in the regions are volunteers Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has expressed his gratitude and support for emergency services volunteers and the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe. This…

Wallcliffe VBFB Facebook 15-04-2018o

Wallcliffe VBFB’s excellent post about local mitigation

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has long advocated the need for more support and resources for Local Governments and their Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to undertake important all-year-round mitigation works, including prescribed burning. Not only does science show that mitigation is many, many times “cheaper” than the cost of bushfire suppression, hazard…