Federal Gov’t funding will help improve member services

Regular readers will know that the amount of work the association does for state government has dramatically increased in recent times to the point where our volunteer committee was being overrun and our ability to provide direct services to members was being squeezed. You will also know that we have tried everything possible to negotiate a better deal from DFES in regard to grant funding with no luck so far. As a result, the committee took the calculated risk of using reserve funds to employ its first ever full-time staff member with two key KPI's: Try to meet the current [...]

[MUST LISTEN] ABC Background Briefing: Prepare to burn

This special collaboration between the ABC Regional, Landline and Background Briefing teams is simply a must listen. The podcast covers some very interesting topics including the critical need for local control and knowledge when managing major fires, the future of Australia's volunteer fire services and the impact that changing seasonal weather patterns are having on important support tools such as aerial fire appliances. It's a fairly long article, but well worth the listen for those who believe a centralised model is superior. http://pca.st/qdjpiw8y Prepare to burn It’s been the most devastating September for bushfires in this country on record.Experts [...]

Bunbury and Waggrakine Cadets show NSW some WA fun and skill (and Bushy Bear!)

Bushfire Volunteers President Dave Gossage sending off the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Cadets and Waggrakine Volunteer Bush Fire Cadets at Perth Airport before leaving for the Australian Fire Cadet Championships in NSW 27-09-2019 [...]

Association invited to speak at international Volunteer Conference

Bushfire Volunteers has been invited to present at the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Asia-Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference in Thailand in November. The 5 day conference will bring together participants from government, academia, the [...]

WA Gov’t: Record investment in bushfire facility for West Gidgegannup

Biggest ever investment for a stand-alone volunteer bushfire brigade facility Bushfire-prone community of West Gidgegannup to benefit from built-for-purpose facility with state-of-the-art incident control and radio rooms A brand new station for the West Gidgegannup [...]

About Regional: New rego plate labels for ‘green’ cars to keep first responders safer

The association has asked the WA Department of Transport if this initiative is being rolled out in Western Australia and will publish any response to ensure our members are kept informed of this important issue. [...]

QWN: Hon Colin de Grussa to the Minister for Emergency Services re Replacement Response Vehicles

The Question Without Notice below was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa MLC and answered today in Parliament by the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC as Minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Fran [...]

Avon Advocate: Wheatbelt Waroona bushfire responders recognised with Meritorious Service Awards

A group of Wheatbelt and Avon Valley firefighters have been recognised by their peers for their efforts during the Waroona fire in 2016. More than 130 volunteer and career firefighters, and Department of Fire and [...]

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