• What is the Rural Fire Division (RFD)?
  • How does it align with the recommendations of the Ferguson Inquiry?
  • Do Bush Fire Brigades now “report” to DFES?

Since the government’s announcement two weeks ago, the committee of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has been working bloody hard to get more detail about the new Rural Fire Division (RFD) of DFES as well as answer the many questions we are receiving from Brigades and volunteers across the State – and frankly, we don’t have the resources to keep up!

So we have decided to do a couple of things to try to help provide important information as we get it to help everyone move forward as efficiently as possible:

Regional meetings

We are actively trying to find Brigades in each region (zone) who are willing and able to host a meeting and invite other nearby Brigade members to come along for a sausage sizzle (the AVBFB will pay for the sausages and buns if you provide the BBQ, chairs and Chef!).

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The great team at the Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade asked us to provide an overview of the work the AVBFB is doing and what we know of the RFD so far on Tuesday night and 75 volunteers from 12 different Brigades came along!

If your Brigade can host, would be willing to also invite members of nearby brigades and you would like to invite us along to provide a briefing and discussion, please send an email to eo@avbfb.org.au ASAP. Our hard-working committee are busy volunteers and we have a very tight budget, but we will do our very best to make the time and effort to visit as many regions as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rather than trying to answer hundreds of individual questions one by one, we thought it might be smarter to put together a bit of a presentation and FAQ pack to help answer the most common questions we are getting from Brigade leaders and other interested volunteers.

It isn’t done yet, but we will start work this weekend – if you would like us to send you the document and updates specific to the RFD announcements, fill in the quick form below now:


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