AVBFB on the road: South West

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage hit the road again recently to catch up with Local Governments and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades through the South West and lower South West. Whilst out and about, Dave swung by the Shire of Nannup and found a number of volunteers from different brigades in…

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…

AVBFB provides DRFD update in Bunbury (with a very special guest)

AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Bunbury VBFB Captain Terri Kowal (front) presenting the briefing on the DFES RFD and other news to around 50 south west volunteers including AVBFB Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster (in the Gold Bush Fire Service shirt at the back).Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage, Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster and…

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,…

Scholarships available for women engaged in fire prevention activities

We recently received this correspondence from Women and Leadership Australia and thought it might be useful for some of our incredible women volunteers. Dear Dave, Earlier this year a small pool of scholarship funding was provisioned for women working in the fire prevention sector to undertake a range of leadership development programs. As a result,…

Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships – Round 2 applications now open

Some may have seen a message on the volunteer portal or email from DFES regarding Round 2 of the Federal Government’s AIDR training scholarships. If so, please be aware that the statement below is not correct: “all applications must be endorsed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services” Members of the Western Australian Volunteer…

Members of CAVFA meeting in Sydney this week

AVBFB at Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations meeting

Representatives of the AVBFB were in Sydney over the weekend for a meeting of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA). CAVFA is a collaboration of eleven volunteer fire brigade associations representing almost every volunteer fire brigade member in Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in discussions and negotiations…

Junior First Aid Training – Geraldton 24 June 2016

The AVBFB has been asked to share the following information regarding DFES-funded First Aid Training for hunior brigade members as widely as possible: Consultation with Brigades, Groups, Units (BGUs), Volunteer Associations and DFES Operational Staff has identified a range of training opportunities to assist young peoples’ skills and leadership development  in emergency services volunteering. DFES…

New AIDR Volunteer Scholarship Program

Below is an email from Emergency Management Australia with information regarding its new scholarship program for volunteers to study accredited and higher education qualifications in emergency management. Please share widely! Good morning AEMVF members As mentioned in the meeting last week, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will administer the new scholarship program which…

QoN: Training Courses

The following question on notice was asked by the Hon Adele Farina and answered in Parliament on Tuesday 13 October by the Attorney General on behalf of the Emergency Services Minister. Hon Adele Farina to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) In the past twelve months, what training courses have been…

Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors’ accrediting body and training courses

A further information session on accreditation and training for Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level Assessors is scheduled to take place in Geraldton. The Geraldton information session will include details about the accreditation and training courses being offered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) [the first accrediting body in Western Australia] for Level 1…