The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is the peak body that supports and advocates for the 26,000 incredible women and men of Western Australia’s largest emergency service, the Volunteer Bush Fire Service (VBFS).
Unlike other Western Australian fire and emergency services, the Volunteer Bush Fire Service is neither “owned” or managed by the State Government Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Operationally, many members of WA’s 570+ Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Service Brigades regularly work side-by-side with WA’s 1,123 paid firefighters and the 3,000 or so DFES-controlled emergency service volunteers. However, under Western Australian law, Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have no regulatory connection to DFES and are only compelled to take direction from the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner during major incidents.
The AVBFB is an incorporated association and registered charity managed by an entirely volunteer-based Board and utilises funding from donors, sponsors and a very small annual grant from the State Government to consult and represent the members of the VBFS.