Welcome to the AVBFB website.

Western Australia is privileged to have approximately 26,000 volunteer Bush Fire Fighters who are based at over 560 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades throughout the state.

These men and women give their time freely to undertake training and to attend incidents with communities being reliant on them to protect life and property against many hazards inlcuding bushfire.

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA Incorporated (or AVBFB), is the advocacy agency for the State’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and their volunteers. It is also recognised as the ‘prescribed association’ by the Government of Western Australia.


This website has been developed to provide both a source of information as well as a means of communication with the members of the Bush Fire Service.

This site will be further developed over the coming months so we ask for your patience during this time. We are also seeking your assistance by way of feedback or articles that you think will be of interest to members of the Bush Fire Service. Please let us know what you would like us to include on this site because we want it to be a valuable information source for YOU our members.

Please note that the online shop is still under construction so please do not use the checkout cart at this time. To order an item please download the order form, which you will find under the shipping link on the left hand side.

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


Recent News and Media

Petition: Create an independently funded and administered Rural Fire Service in Western Australia

A petition in support of an independent Rural Fire Service has been started by Lance Duivenbode. Below is Lance’s message and you can add your name to his petition through the following link https://www.change.org/p/premier-colin-barnett-create-an-independently-funded-and-administered-country-fire-bush-fire-service . This is an important issue for all volunteer bush fire fighters so we encourage volunteers and the community at large…


Association congratulates Euan Ferguson on his candid report

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades welcomes the report and findings of the Ferguson Inquiry into the Waroona Fires. The Association’s Executive Committee Members, President Dave Gossage AFSM, Vice President Phil Penny, Secretary John Mangini and Treasurer Lorraine Webster were at the community meeting in Harvey for the public release of the Report. A noticeable presence of…


What went wrong in Yarloop: reports released on devastating bushfire

The current system for managing bushfire in WA is “failing citizens and the Government”, according to the official report into January’s Yarloop-Waroona bushfire. The report, titled Reframing Rural Fire Management, has been tabled in Parliament by Premier Colin Barnett this morning. In his introduction to the report special inquirer Euan Ferguson wrote witnesses had “variously…


Farmers fired up for reforms

The State Government doesn’t know it yet. But the long-awaited Ferguson report into the disastrous Yarloop fires earlier this year, released to the public today by Premier Colin Barnett at Harvey, will be the oxygen farmers require to push for major reforms to control country bush fires. There is already a queue forming to speak…


Waroona fire: Bushfire management system ‘failing its citizens’, Yarloop report finds

An independent report into a bushfire in Western Australia’s South West that killed two people and devastated the town of Yarloop has found the state’s bushfire management system is failing its citizens. The wide-ranging inquiry into the Waroona bushfire in January found fire incident controllers did not fully appreciate the threat the blaze posed to…


AFAC16 Youth Scholarship Opportunity

Nominations are now invited for the inaugural AFAC Conference Youth Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship to recognise and support the efforts of young individuals (aged 18-30 years) who actively participate and contribute to an AFAC member agency and would benefit from the professional development opportunity of attending AFAC16. Nominations are restricted to one per…


Volunteer Pathways Advisory Groups Combined Meeting (VPAG, VFPAG and VESPAG)

Representatives from the various emergency services associations gathered last Saturday for their first meeting of the Volunteer Pathways Advisory Group (VPAG). They were joined as invited guests at the meeting by many of the Volunteer Fire Pathways Advisory Group (VFPAG) and the Volunteer Emergency Services Pathways Advisory Group (VESPAG). This was a one-off combined meeting…