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

Community review of Esperance fires completed

There was certainly some disgruntlement within the Esperance community over the way last year’s Esperance fires were managed. In the aftermath of the Esperance fires, some of those who felt that the bush fire fight could have been handled better decided to carry out their own independent review. This was also a response to the expectation that the obligatory Major…


Association applauds ambitious targets by DFES

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades attended a briefing by DFES on progress towards delivering outcomes on some of the Ferguson Inquiry’s recommendations. All four of the Association’s Executive Committee attended the briefing, those being President Dave Gossage, Vice President Phil Penny, Secretary John Mangini and Treasurer Lorraine Webster. DFES had identified some Ferguson…


Gidge Games a fun day out

West Gidgegannup VBFB met at Strong Hills Farm Avon Valley on Sat 24th Sept for refresher training in the format of the “Gidge Games”. A mix of brigade and private units were in attendance, including one veteran who is still going strong after 40 years. SES provided assistance with running the event, and further support…


Posthumous honour for Ross Fenwick

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was represented by the State President, Dave Gossage AFSM, at a special ceremony held by the City of Albany on 29th September to honour long serving Bush Fire Brigade Volunteers.  The ceremony also included the presentation of a posthumous Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council Memorial Medallion…