Update on VAC

Members know that in July the Association asked the Department to revise the proposed terms of reference for the establishment of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. Since then, the AVBFB has been in regular contact with the Department to try to elicit a formal response. Within the last 7 days, it has been confirmed that the…

Kwinana South VBFB Open Day

  What are doing on Sunday? Of course… you’ll be trimming trees and vegetation around the house, cleaning leaves out of your gutters and making sure you and your family are bushfire ready! But after you’ve done that, why not drop in on the Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade open day? There’ll be activities,…

SW fireys brace for hot summer

Firefighters in the South West are bracing for a dangerous bushfire season amid tinder-dry soil conditions and forecasts of hotter than average weather this summer. The Weather Bureau yesterday released its seasonal outlook for November to January, predicting above-average temperatures across the South West. Although the bureau said there was a 65-70 per cent chance…

Training Information Bulletin 5/2014

This Training Information Bulletin is provided to detail proposed changes to the trainer and assessor model and includes updates on other training matters. The new trainer assessor (TA) model has been developed in response to feedback from volunteers on the onerous nature of the constant changing of training and assessment qualification requirements by Innovation and…

Tough start for fire volunteers

MORE than 400 firefighters spent five days containing an underground fire near Neerabup Lake. The peat fire started after lightning struck the area on Saturday, October 18. The fire burned underground until flames broke through the surface about noon on October 21. Wanneroo chief bush fire control officer Phil Hay said conditions were “very dangerous,…

VAC update

The Association continues to receive enquiries about the status of the proposed Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC). After following up with DFES again this week, the AVBFB has been told that the amendments to the Terms of Reference recommended by the members of the proposed VAC in June are now being considered by the Minister’s office, who…