The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) and the Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) have announced a new partnership that will deliver unprecedented professional development opportunities for Western Australia’s 20,000+ Bush Fire Volunteers.
In November 2019, the first of the new Bushfire Games will be held alongside and in collaboration with the ninth annual MERC on Langley Park in the Perth Central Business District.
Since 2011, MERC has steadily built on every year’s success and is now an exciting free community event that not only tests the skills of WA’s mining emergency response volunteers through a series of realistic scenarios simulating real life emergency incidents, but also provides a fantastic opportunity for those living in the metropolitan to learn about the interesting and difficult work of those who put up their hands as first responders in the mining sector.
With exactly the same goals but extremely limited resources, the AVBFB as the peak body for the incredible women and men of WA’s largest emergency service has worked with the not-for-profit MERC to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that ensures collaboration and cooperation in pursuit of delivering even more value to emergency services volunteers and the broader community than either organisation could achieve alone.
Although the weekend of 22-24 November is based around the competition, a lot of effort is being invested into attracting the broader community to a genuinely fun, exciting and interesting free event. More details will be provided as the date approaches, but if you haven’t already, visit the Bushfire Games website to register your interest in nominating a Senior or Cadet team, becoming a sponsor and/or rolling up your sleeves to volunteer your help with the big task of planning and delivering a fantastic event.