The State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) met at the new AVBFB Perth offices from Friday 14 June to 16 June and worked through a huge agenda of workshops, presentations and decisions.

The first external presentation was delivered by John Tillman and Russell Wells from the DFES Bush Fire Centre of Excellence, who gave the Committee an update about the BCoE and the plan for future DFES bush fire-related training that will be managed by that team.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) John Tillman discussing the BCoE and WA Gov't bushfire training with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) John Tillman discussing the BCoE and WA Gov’t bushfire training with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) Russel Wells discussing the future of WA Gov't bushfire training with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) Russell Wells discussing the future of WA Gov’t bushfire training with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

The Committee also had a wide-ranging discussion with Jason Foster from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) about a number of important issues common to our members and the wonderful DBCA team. Jason answered a number of important questions including one about the decision to phase out a couple of old DPAW facilities in the southwest.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service (PaWS) Jason Foster discussing bushfire policy with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service (PaWS) Jason Foster discussing bushfire policy with the State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades 15 June 2019

The State Committee also spent a lot of time in workshop mode: sharing, discussing and debating many issues very important to our incredible 26,000 volunteers across Western Australia.

The very productive weekend ended on Sunday after a formal meeting of the Committee at which a number of very significant decisions were made.

The volunteer members of the AVBFB State Committee thank those career staff from government departments who made themselves available at the volunteer-friendly times they did and sincerely appreciate the openness with with information was shared.

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