New AIDR Volunteer Scholarship Program

Below is an email from Emergency Management Australia with information regarding its new scholarship program for volunteers to study accredited and higher education qualifications in emergency management. Please share widely! Good morning AEMVF members As mentioned in the meeting last week, the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will administer the new scholarship program which…

Victorian Fire Service Restructure Update

From our colleagues at Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria… NOTE TO MEMBERS – 21 May 2017                                               VICTORIAN FIRE SERVICES RESTRUCTURE On Friday this week, the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister James Merlino announced splitting the CFA, separating paid operational employees and volunteers into different organisations though major structural reform of Victoria’s Fire Services. This note outlines…

‘Era of Megafires’ Promotes Prescribed Burns, Proactive Fire Planning

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kufm/audio/2017/04/MN-era-megafires-04-26-17.mp3 For Flathead Valley resident Charlotte Chrisman, wildfire on her private land is not a question of if, but when. “It’s like, you know, have you hit a deer? Well not yet,” Chrisman says. Chrisman owns a 310-acre lot up the North Fork of the Flathead River in a remote, densely forested area abutting the…

Prescribed burning result a good start, but a lot of catch up required

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has today congratulated the government for both achieving the best prescribed burning results in 29 years and perhaps more importantly, giving the issue Ministerial attention. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said today’s media statement released by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson was very positive, but it also highlights just…

AVBFB meets ERA regarding ESL

Representatives of the AVBFB met with the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) this week to follow up on our written submission to the current Emergency Services Levy (ESL) Review. While the discussion was very wide ranging, we took the opportunity to emphasize a few very important key points with regard to the ESL and how it…

Volunteer Week Message from the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations

The Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) is a national body whose members are the state based volunteer representative bodies such as the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. The combined group nationwide represents over 250,000 volunteers in various fire services with bush fire and rural fire services accounting for the vast majority of…