Update on VAC/Prescribed Association

Stakeholders know that the Association has reported the changed position of the DOAC-elected VAC nominees to Emergency Service Minister Hon Joe Francis and has been working constructively to create a Bush Fire Service Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) as soon as possible. We’ve been in contact with the Minister’s office very regularly offering any assistance we…

Reminder: AGM tomorrow

Just a quick reminder to those attending the WAFES Conference (and other members who would like to attend), the AVBFB AGM will be held at 2:50pm in meeting rooms 1 & 2 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre tomorrow – Saturday 19 September 2015. Since there are no special agenda items, the AGM won’t take long…

Queensland Parliament Votes for highest level of firefighter cancer support in Australia

The following article was published in “Fireline” from the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland today. We look forward to seeing the Western Australian government’s Bill to provide compensation for volunteer firefighters who contract cancer – due before the end of 2015.   We must temper our enthusiasm by always remembering that if you as a…

Bushfire funding to evaluate effectiveness of Northern Territory prescription burns

Research will be conducted into the effectiveness of fire management practices in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the announcement of the funding, $2 million in Commonwealth and Territory Government funding for bushfire mitigation, Bushfires NT director Mark Ashley, said a more strategic approach to fire prevention and management, would have wider benefits for the community.…

Tas Fire Service’s ability to manage emergency role to come under Parliamentary scrutiny

Changes to Tasmania’s Fire Service (TFS) will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee after the Opposition raised concerns about the delivery of services in the future. Labor’s demand for an inquiry, supported by the Greens, was also backed in Parliament by the Government, who said there was nothing to hide and that Labor was making…