Greenbushes Timber Mill fire Saturday 6 January 2018. Photo Hester Brook Lieutenant

Photos show the invaluable work of “Bushies” at Greenbushes structure fire

Regular readers would have seen this Facebook post from DFES recently about the great team effort that contained a fire at a Greenbushes Timber Mill on Saturday. The photos available didn’t show the important role members of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service played in that huge save, but we’ve since received a few from one…

DFES update re: 400MHz Radio Transition Project: Phase 2 Regional Transition

For the interest and information of Members, an update from DFES regarding the 400MHz radio project: The 400MHz project has been conducting engagement workshops across country northern regions with the purpose of ensuring a smooth transition of all UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radio channels & systems within our organisation. Lower South West and Great Southern…

QwN: Volunteer Fuel Card

The following question without notice was asked by the Member for Wagin Terry Waldron and answered by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman in Parliament yesterday: Mr T. WALDRON to the Minister for Regional Development: Can the minister please provide some details about the emergency service volunteer fuel card scheme, which was announced in Boddington in the Wagin…

WAToday: State pressures Rockingham volunteer firefighters to fill Baldivis gap: firey

The state government is steam-rolling Rockingham volunteer firefighters into moving to Baldivis to cover for shortfalls, effectively threatening to disable their unit if they refuse, a volunteer has claimed. The City of Rockingham and DFES both assessed Baldivis as needing better fire services, especially for “structural” or house fires, which the council-run bushfire brigade is not trained or equipped for. But despite the need being identified, the state government had…

Media backgrounder: WA’s Emergency Services (infographic)

The Association has been working hard to ensure the public understands that Western Australia relies heavily on the goodwill, local knowledge and expert skills of volunteers in the realm of emergency services. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that one thing the AVBFB could do to get that important message out is…