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…

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…