The State Committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is made up of elected volunteers from 9 geographic Zones and two Youth (under 25) representatives.
The primary roles of these critical positions are to represent the AVBFB at meetings and events in their Zone and perhaps more importantly, engage and consult with members of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in their zone and represent their views back to the Association on a myriad of issues ranging from high-level policy to very specific local challenges and opportunities.
Zone Representatives are not paid but are supported with no cost travel and accommodation when either is required for AVBFB work.
While the members of the State Committee are encouraged and supported to use technology as much as possible to communicate with each other and the AVBFB administration, the Committee also aims to meet in-person at least four times per year – in various locations around Western Australia.
The Association has been operational for almost 30 years and through the work of its volunteer committees and supporters, has delivered many very positive outcomes for Bush Fire Volunteers, Local Governments and the whole Western Australian community. Indeed, it was only because of the courageous and persistent work of the Association that government committed to implement all of the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry into the devastating Waroona / Harvey fires – which directly led to the reforms being championed by the current government.
Our elected Zone representatives are a diverse group of women and men from all walks of life, but share at least one common thing – a passion for ensuring the expert local knowledge, skills and experience of Western Australia’s incredible 20,000+ bush fire volunteers are heard and respected whenever community safety is considered. They work hard with their local Brigades and voluntarily add to that load by rolling up their sleeves and taking on the Zone representative positions and often lead one of the Association’s standing committees in policy areas such as Training, Plant and Equipment, Community Engagement and many others.
We have a very proud history and an exceptionally exciting future ahead, so if you are a member of a Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and want to get involved at a deeper level, nominate now using the form below.
- Nominations close COB Friday 6 September 2019.
- The term of elected Zone representatives is two years, unless filling a casual vacancy which may result in a one year term.
- If only one nomination exists for a position, that nominee will be confirmed elected at the AGM on Saturday 7 September 2019 and take up their position at the conclusion of the meeting.
- If more than one nomination exists for any single position, a ballot of members in that zone will be conducted within 35 days of the close of nominations.