President on Meetings Tour of Perth

The Association’s President, Ross Fenwick, was kept on the move around Perth at a series of meetings with government, DFES and WA Local Government Association representatives. Ross was in Perth for the Association’s committee meeting held over the 31 October weekend at the offices of the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Managing to extend his…

Update on VAC/Prescribed Association

Stakeholders know that the Association has reported the changed position of the DOAC-elected VAC nominees to Emergency Service Minister Hon Joe Francis and has been working constructively to create a Bush Fire Service Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) as soon as possible. We’ve been in contact with the Minister’s office very regularly offering any assistance we…

VAC/Prescribed Association update

Just a quick update for those who have been following the AVBFB’s attempts to establish a Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) under conditions that are agreeable to both the government and those nominated by their respective DOAC’s to represent their region on a VAC. In short, the AVBFB has not yet had confirmation of whether it…

Letter to FES Commissioner re comments in Parliament

The following self-explanatory letter was sent to FES Commissioner Wayne Gregson yesterday morning.   Wayne Gregson Commissioner Department of Fire and Emergency Services By email Dear Commissioner COMMENTS MADE DURING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ESTIMATES HEARING I write with some reluctance to express the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades’ (AVBFB) disappointment in comments you made during…

Prescribed Association

Some members may have seen an advertisement placed by DFES in the West Australian newspaper this week calling for nominations for a prescribed association for the Bush Fire Volunteer Advisory Committee. The AVBFB has received a letter from the Minister explaining that the review of the prescribed association is a direct result of the Association…

ALP Media Statement: Minister excludes himself from volunteer firefighter consultation process

Fast Facts: Joe Francis rejects request from volunteer fire fighter committee to receive reports  as well as FESA Commissioner Volunteer fire fighters risk their lives to keep us safe – the Minister should listen to their concerns Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis’ refusal to allow the volunteer consultative committee representing the largest group of firefighters…

Update on VAC

Members know that in July the Association asked the Department to revise the proposed terms of reference for the establishment of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. Since then, the AVBFB has been in regular contact with the Department to try to elicit a formal response. Within the last 7 days, it has been confirmed that the…

VAC update

The Association continues to receive enquiries about the status of the proposed Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC). After following up with DFES again this week, the AVBFB has been told that the amendments to the Terms of Reference recommended by the members of the proposed VAC in June are now being considered by the Minister’s office, who…

Update on VAC

In response to several recent enquiries regarding the status of the proposed Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC), the Association provides the following update in good faith: After an intensive workshop with delegates in late June, the AVBFB proposed some changes to the terms of reference originally drafted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The…