Bindoon ‘burnover’ raises volunteer safety concerns

An article published in The Sunday Times (http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bindoon-volunteer-firefighter-dennis-badcock-recalls-close-call-after-truck-engulfed-in-burnover/story-fnhocxo3-1227180840668) this morning has prompted calls for a faster implementation of the recommendations made by an official report into the tragic death of a firefighter during the Black Cat Creek Fire in 2012. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Executive Officer Darren Brown said the relatively slow…

What a jolly fool!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades has dismissed public comments attributed to United Firefighters Union WA secretary Kevin Jolly in this news article yesterday as unnecessary, unhelpful and foolish. Reluctant to give the daft comments any more publicity, AVBFB Executive Officer Darren Brown said Mr Jolly’s suggestion that DFES should create safety policies that apply…

Vale Andrew Harrison

On behalf of the tens of thousands of Western Australian Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members, the Association sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Andrew Harrison, the CFS volunteer who suffered severe burns and later passed away while protecting his local community in South Australia on Friday. Below is an article from…

Volunteer firefighters urged to be patient and engaged with Local Government reform

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has urged members in local government areas where boundaries will change to ensure they stay in close contact with their respective local governments as the process progresses. AVBFB President Terry Hunter said boundary changes unveiled today by the State Government are likely to have significant impact on…