AVBFB President Dave Gossage and some of the Kojonup “ZULU” leaders group discussing current issues at the Kojonup Brigade today

While volunteer crews continued their 24/7 presence at the site of the big Kojonup fire in January to “black out” and ensure hot spots didn’t re-ignite today, local Kojonup bush fire volunteer leaders known as the Zulu group met with the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) to discuss a number of local challenges and how we could work together to resolve them.

Many topics were discussed over the 4 hour meeting including the group’s fear that the prolonged lack of action to improve unreliable radio communications may one day have deadly consequences, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funding for local plant and equipment, insurance for spontaneous volunteers and several potentially dangerous design flaws in a recently delivered 2.4 appliance.

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AVBFB President Dave Gossage said that it was not only an honour to be able to see the hundreds of volunteers at work when he visited the fireground during the January incident. He also said being able to get together with the volunteer leadership team 10 days later when they had been given a chance to recover and think about some of the issues that big incidents like these often generate.

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