This is the website of the Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, headquartered 6.2k south of the Yallingup Post Office on Caves Road. The brigade covers an area of around 106 square kilometres. Its neighbours include the Yallingup Coastal, Dunsborough and Wilyabrup brigades. If you are interested in volunteering as a fire fighter please go to the New Members section of this website. If you are not keen on fighting fires but want to help, we are looking for auxiliary volunteers. For more information click on New Auxiliaries. Without volunteers there is no brigade. The brigade is a not-for-profit organisation and any contributions would be much appreciated. The brigade is authorized to accept donations which are tax deductible. If interested, please go to the Contact Us page.
- Use the links on the right to access the DFES or DPaW websites .
- Call the DFES Information Line at: 13DFES (13 3337)
- Listen to ABC Local Radio at 684 AM at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.
This website will NOT be updated during a fire although it will carry bushfire alerts from DFES in the box on the right. However these could be delayed up to 15 minutes. Click here for the very latest DFES South West alerts..
The latest news about the brigade follows below:
Sunday’s House Fire
The 2016-17 fire season got off to a quick start with two fires in 24 hours; a garage fire on Saturday and a house fire early Sunday morning.
The fire in a garage in Zamia Grove was quickly handled by the Dunsborough and Coastal Fire and Rescue Services while our 4.4 provided water and support. The crew, lead by new lieutenant Andy, included Alan, Bruce, Noel and Tony, along with FCO Mark. The incident was over in an hour and half.
The 4.4 was called out again at 5am to a house fire in Wildwood Road. The truck supplied water to Dunsborough, Coastal and Cowaramup Fire and Rescue crews as they attempted in vain to save the house.
Attacking the Fire
Later the auxiliary pump arrived, freeing up another Cowaramup truck to deal with the fire. The Rural crew was the last to leave, blacking out eight hours after the callout.
Sunday’s crew included Andy, Dave, Mike, Pete and Tony. Ian and Mitch arrived with the pump. FCOs Mark and Chris were in attendance.
Mike and Andy Blacking Out
Rural’s overnight crew returned Tuesday morning after spending the night maintaining and strengthening containment lines.
Crew leader Mitch, along with Andy, Bevan and Steveo left Monday at 5pm after less than 90 minutes notice. They were bussed up to crew the Dunsborough 4.4.
Working in “mountain goat” country, the truck and its driver were well tested. There was a lot of use of the static hoses and the monitor as they blacked out along the containment lines. The Salvos provided catering and the sector commanders and task force leaders got high marks.
Pete left at 6 this morning to join a Dunsborough crew.
The fire started early Monday and has burned over 1,250 hectares. Around 150 firefighters were working overnight. Mellon is roughly 10k southeast of Pinjarra
There will be training as normal Tuesday night.
The brigade’s “Call Out Chick”, Barb Stevens, received the 2016 Zonta International Women’s Day award for Community Service Sunday.
The award recognized her sterling work handling the demanding, difficult and often stressful callouts for the brigade over a long period of time. A number of brigade members attended to show their great appreciation for the work she does and to see her being recognised in front of a wider audience.
Barb, in her self-effacing manner, made light of her significant role and she used the opportunity to remind the audience of the importance of community, volunteering and being self-reliant. She thanked the brigade for their efforts in the community and Steveo for his support. As the award also acknowledged her leadership and organisation of the Dunsborough Red Hatters, Barb spoke about the importance of friendship, mutual support and having fun.
Mitch and Steveo returned at 10:45 Friday morning after spending the night tracking down hot spots at the Harvey fire.
The Light Tanker crew left at 6pm Thursday and spent the night patrolling fire breaks and back roads between Harvey and Yarloop. Another crew was scheduled to go up Friday night but was subsequently stood down.
It was decided Tuesday afternoon the Yallingup Rural crew wouldn’t be needed later that night and it was stood down.
Duns. 4.4 in Action Monday (Courtesy DVBFB)
The brigade is returning to Harvey Tuesday night as it sends a crew up to work the Dunsborough 4.4. Andy, Carlo, Emma, Matty and Steveo will be leaving at 1800.
By Tuesday morning the fire, which started Sunday, had burnt over 1,120hectares. Overnight around 150 firefighters worked to contain the fire but according to ABC radio Tuesday morning it broke containment lines.
A month ago the brigade was working within a few kilometres of where they are expected to be tonight.