Dave and Phil’s Pilbara tour

The Association’s President Dave Gossage AFSM and Vice President Phil Penny spent several days this week on a tour of volunteer bushfire brigades and local governments in the Pilbara. They hit the road from the Paraburdoo Airport through to Tom Price, meeting along the way with volunteers, shire councils and staff, other government agency personnel…

Farmers apply heat in bushfire battle

It’s the fire of pressure on the State Government and Premier Colin Barnett, in particular, to create a separate and independent rural bushfires authority. Following last week’s story in Farm Weekly citing a move by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA (AVBFB) to fight for an independent fire authority, the Country Regions…

Volunteer training qualifications – a national issue

Recognition of training between jurisdictions and organisations remains a major issue under discussion at state and even national level. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA, through the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA), has sought clarity on how the emergency management governance structure functions and where the Volunteer training qualifications is within…