FCO passes on thanks from FESA for Yelverton fire response

Hi All
A big thankyou for all the efforts and especially Barb for the callouts and arranging ferrying.  The Yelverton incident was potentially very dangerous though currently put to bed and sleeping hopefully not to be awakened.  DEC are doing the patrols at this time.

I received messages this morning from Andy and FESA Capes Region District Manager Danny Mosconi thanking everyone for the huge effort and they wanted me to make sure you all received their personal gratitude. Well done.

It goes without saying that our pump on the dam was a raging success supplying most of the water needs of the day in a timely manner with able assistance from Richard, Jay,  Gerald,  Chris, Bay and Joe.  It was good to get you Auxiliaries on the fire ground for  some real work .
The pump is still on the ground providing water to DEC and I expect to get it back tomorrow Tues.  We will have to give it a check over then.

Thanks again to all..  Lets hope for some decent rain from this cyclone.


Brigade Kept Busy by Yelverton Fire

The brigade sent at least nine crews to the Yelverton fire, along with its new auxiliary team, Sunday and Monday, January 29 & 30.

The fire started when wind brought down a tree which in turn took down power lines around 6am Sunday. A full 4.4 crew was quickly assembled, shortly followed by the 1.4 along with the new pump and the LT. The auxiliary crew took over the pump later in the morning and all the crews were replaced at 4, apart from Annie and Mark who got off early for good behaviour (and their wedding anniversary.) The second shift was replaced by a skeleton crew at 10pm. They were replaced by another crew Monday morning.

Mark Fisher gets an “Eagle Eyes” award for noticing the fire had “spotted” in the adjacent national park. This was quickly attacked and controlled. Mitch gets the “all nighter” award for working two shifts-from 4pm Sunday until Monday morning.

The pump earned its keep, keeping the various assisting brigades filled and keeping the auxiliaries busy. And there were no complaints about the food. (Well, we think it was an Italian complement.)

Greetings from the Captain

Hi all,
Just a quick note to say g’day and remind everyone to keep vigilant over the next week as we experience a nice little hot spell in the region. We will also be in for strong morning winds which is due to the weather patterns west and north of WA.

Keep your kits and phones handy if you’re around, make it easy for Barb if she phones and if you’re leaving the area for the day let myself or Barb know.

Dave, Fish and myself have and will be doing radio transmissions every morning for a weather/wind reports which will prepare us for the days comms.

Another point to remember is the strong possibility of fires in other regions starting and becoming large quickly. Ninety percent of the time the Mighty Y.R.V.B.F.B is called upon to supply units and crews. This arvo in Gracetown is a good example. If you are called upon make sure your rested and up to it. Especially if you get called out for a night run.

In the meantime keep cool and savour those warm beach days.

Thanks all
Matt Muir

4.4 Goes to Gracetown

The 4.4 with 5 brigade members attended the Gracetown fire on Tuesday, January 24.  They headed down around 5pm and got back around 9:30. They spent most of the time mopping up around the boat ramp parking area.

According to FESA,  “Fifty volunteer Bush Fire Service and Department of Environment and Conservation firefighters from five brigades worked hard to contain the fire and reduce the threat to lives and homes in Gracetown.
Firefighters will remain on scene, mopping up and monitoring the area.

They were assisted by one helitac, two fixed wing water bombers and one aerial intelligence helicopter. Aerial support has been released.

The incident was reported at 3.50pm Tuesday 24 January 2012.” 

About 50 hectares were burnt.

Free Leeuwin Tickets Feb 12-From Duncan

Hi all,

We received some great mail today – Trisha, Denis & the Horgan family are providing free tickets to firefighters on the second day of the Leeuwin Concert on Sunday 12th February. These tickets would normally cost $125 each! Sunday is the relaxed picnic style concert, with an after-concert party. You can buy food or bring your own, but no BYO alcohol. With free tickets I think we can buy some decent Leeuwin wine!

The tickets are available to all brigade members and partners. Please email me if you would like tickets and I will send a response from us all. Let me know by Tuesday 24th January, though if you’re not sure, you can contact them direct up until 31st January. We may be able to arrange a bus, or at least share cars/Prados.
Leeuwin Estate winery in Margaret River, Western Australia, is delighted to return to its classical origins for the 2012 Concert Series with soprano, Marina Prior, tenor, David Hobson and the Perth Symphony Orchestra performing an enchanting repertoire from popular operatic classics including La traviata and Tosca through to the greatest songs from musical theatre including West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. The post concert arena party will come alive to the sounds of virtuoso, James Morrison, and his 11 piece band performing their dynamic “Motown Show” and keeping guests in the main arena dancing until late!

Marina Prior, renowned leading lady of musical theatre, is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed in concerts with international stars including Richard Harris and José Carreras. Marina has played the lead role in productions including The Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Les Miserable’s, Die Fledermaus, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, The Merry Widow, The Witches of Eastwick, Guys and Dolls and her most recent engagement in Mary Poppins. Marina’s recordings include Leading Lady (which reached platinum status), Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber (which reached gold status and for which she was nominated for an ARIA award), and Somewhere – the Songs of Sondheim and Bernstein. She has won numerous awards for her performances on stage as well as an Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts.

Charismatic tenor and composer, David Hobson, has sung many roles for Opera Australia and state and international opera companies, including his award winning performances of Rodolfo (La Bohème) and the title role in Orphee. Other operatic performances include Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, and The Barber of Saville. He has appeared with the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Dangerous Liaison, and performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. His numerous recordings include You’ll Never Walk Alone (with Teddy Tahu-Rhodes), Singing for Love (with Yvonne Kenny) and The Enchanted Way which all enjoyed Number 1 success on the classical music charts. David has won numerous awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera, an ARIA Award and an Australian Film Critics Circle Award for best film score.

Post Concert Arena party: With an 11 piece band, James Morison brings his Motown Show to Leeuwin for the post concert arena party and promises to keep guests in the main arena dancing until late! James is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word, this multi-instrumentalist plays the trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, and piano. He has performed at the first Leeuwin Concert, in the world’s most famous jazz clubs and at the big festivals in Europe. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Princess Anne, as well as command performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton and was awarded a medal of The Order of Australia for his services to the arts.

Regards, Duncan