The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is extremely proud to represent the amazing 26,000 women and men of WA’s largest emergency service. Indeed, the State’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service is one of the many invaluable groups of volunteers who without, frankly, Western Australia just wouldn’t survive.

This week, 21 to 27 May 2018, is National Volunteer Week. It doesn’t qualify for a national holiday nor does it get much attention in the media – but that’s the way our incredible everyday heroes like it. Our volunteers make themselves available 24/7 and often jump out of bed in the middle of the night or leave important family events to protect the lives and property of others without ever asking for reward and in fact are embarrassed by being highlighted in articles like this one.

So today, for the rest of this week, and whenever you see smoke rising in the distance, please honour these extraordinary women and men – not with donations (although they are always put to good use!), but with a quiet word to a friend about how much you appreciate the work Western Australia’s invaluable and diverse Bush Fire volunteers do for the rest of us at no cost to the state.


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The AVBFB thanks and congratulates every community service volunteer, particularly Bush Fire Service Volunteers, for all they do for us all, rain hail and shy.

Here is a little video put together by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

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