Bindoon volunteer firefighter Dennis Badcock recalls close call after truck engulfed in burnover

This article in today’s Sunday Times newspaper says so much about the diverse, invaluable volunteers who make up our amazing emergency services family. Thank you Dennis for your work and perhaps more importantly, sharing your experience so the people of Western Australia can finally get some understanding of the risks our 26,000 volunteer bush fire…

Total Fire Ban for central and southern parts of Western Australia for Sunday

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Sunday 11 January 2015 for all local governments in the Perth Metropolitan, Midwest-Gascoyne, Goldfields-Midlands, South West, Lower South West and Great Southern Regions. This includes all of Western Australia, except for the Pilbara and Kimberley. On Sunday 11 January 2015 any activity that could start a fire is…

Firefighting has hardly changed in a century. But bushfires certainly have

Here’s an interesting article penned by Jim Casey, State Secretary of the NSW Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and recently published in The Guardian’s Australian edition earlier this week. The AVBFB isn’t going to make comment on the union’s recent attacks of the Federal Government on the basis of Climate Change, but we certainly agree with the overwhelming evidence that…

Fear over bushfire copycats

The State Government is concerned about a recent surge in deliberately lit fires around Perth, warning that copycat firebugs often try to mimic destructive blazes interstate that they see on television. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis branded arson “the most un-Australian sheer act of bastardry” and urged people to report any suspicious behaviour, as firefighters…

Cloudy future for vollie firies

Perth Hills volunteer bush fire brigade members whose future remains unclear. VOLUNTEER firefighters are following up community concerns about the future of their bushfire brigades in the wake of local government reforms announced last year. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVFB) is urging brigade leaders in municipalities where government boundaries are due to…