One of the jobs that the AVBFB takes very seriously is to recognise the wonderful work of the amazing 26,000 women and men of Western Australia’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service – and there is no shortage of great work to acknowledge.
Of course, we are always looking our for the welfare of the members of our extended family during incidents. But all too often, when the flames are gone and the TV crews in their shiny new PPE are back in their air-conditioned studios, the incredible women and men who make up WA’s largest emergency service are still out there, dampening down and investing thousands of hours a year in the “PP” and other “R” in that little-known acronym PPRR.
We know that members don’t do it for publicity – for our crews it’s all about the community and having each other’s backs. However, as the ever-proud representative body, the AVBFB knows it is essential to keep reminding the public, media and perhaps most importantly, politicians that white trucks mean a lot more to the communities that own them than just what they do when the heat is on.
The fact that there is even a debate about whether the ESL should be made available to help fund mitigation goes to the suggestion that because the work we do in those “P’s” and the other “R” – Prevention, Preparedness and Recovery – are rarely given a public airing, many decision-makers don’t even know all that happens before and after fires, let alone appreciate it.
So even though the event below is done and dusted, we wanted to congratulate the Mt Helena VBFB crew for taking the time mid-week to engage with their community on the very important issue of preparing for the bushfire season ahead.
Well done and thanks for sharing ladies and gents!