RFD sets the record straight on location of Bushfire Centre of Excellence and Headquarters

On 17 May, Shadow Minister Steve Thomas asked this Parliamentary Question in which he referred to United Firefighters Union (UFU) State Secretary Lea Anderson telling ABC Radio South West that the location of the co-located headquarters of the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) and Bushfire Centre of Excellence would be in the Shire of Mundaring.…

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…

The AVBFB has not changed its position

Unfortunately, there has been some misinformation distributed claiming the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has changed its position on the government’s recent announcements regarding the Rural Fire Division and other associated decisions. We have not. Since the government announced its decisions on 13 April, the AVBFB has consistently: provided public comment in support…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Esperance Express: Mitigation Activity Fund round of funding open for 17 regional local governments

The Shires of Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup are eligible to apply for the second round of the Mitigation Activity Fund as the Esperance Shire continues to finalise an updated Bushfire Risk Management Plan. The state government announced 17 regional local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans could apply to share in $2 million from the Fund. Esperance Shire manager…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

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…

Rural Fire Division: Information for Brigades

What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)? How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry? Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES? Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the…

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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…

Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

North Coast Times: Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton households face possible doubling of Emergency Services Levy

THE maximum annual Emergency Services Levy (ESL) could double for some north coast households in their next rates notice. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is reviewing category boundaries for parts of Jindalee, Alkimos and Eglinton following the opening of Butler Fire Station in 2015 and urban expansion. DFES corporate services executive director…