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 reduction burning is far less risky to the built and natural environment and importantly, provides volunteer brigades with “hands on” training opportunities and also creates engagement with the community and land owners in a controlled way – before they really need to work together during a major unplanned fire.
And the incredible team at the Wallcliffe Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade know this all too well.
They posted a pretty lengthy article on Facebook yesterday that we thought gave an excellent first-hand account of some burning they were undertaking that goes to the very heart of why it is so important.
If you’ve got a few minutes, have a read and send they ladies and gents a quick message of support for the work they and their 26,000 volunteer colleagues around the State do on a regular basis.