Brigade Does Two Shifts at Jarradale

jarrahfireeditThe brigade’s team at Jarradale did two shifts before returning to base Wednesday night.

Yal Rural Leading the Task Force
Yal Rural Leading the Task Force

Matty. Mike, Mitch and Steveo headed north at 6am Tuesday as part of a taskforce which also included  Wallcliffe 2:4, Cowaramup 3:4, Sussex LT and the 12:2.
They arrived at the Control Point at 10:30 and carried out a full shift of blacking out in very rough terrain. The 4.4 was pushed to extremes on some very steep hills and at one stage had to tow out the Incident Command vehicle..

jarrahmitcheditAfter a short night the crew was back at work continuing blacking out. They wrapped up around 15:30 and were back home by 19:00 where they were met by a welcoming/cleaning party that went to work on the truck.

The Cleanup Crew
The Cleanup Crew


Unfortunately Flo is a no with the 12.2 tanker out of action due to tank problems. It was driven by volunteers from the Vasse brigade. It’s not clear if it was wearing a “I’d Rather be a Vasse Truck” sticker at the time of the trouble.


Abbey Farm Road Fire Brings out Three Brigades

Adam Blacking Out

A grass and tree fire on Abbey Farm Road brought out the Yallingup Rural, Dunsborough and Wilyabrup brigades Tuesday morning.

Mark Extinguishing Embers
Mark Extinguishing Embers

A quick response by the Light Tanker and the 1.4 stopped the fire from spreading out of the paddock into the Wills Domain vineyard and surrounding bush. A gusty, variable wind made the initial work more difficult by spreading the fire throughout the paddock and into trees.

The LT, driven by Duncan and the 1.4 with Douglas, Noel and Tony met Adam, Annie and Mark P at the fire where David was already on the scene. He was later joined by FCO Chris. Annie and Mark had just returned from Esperance the night before where Annie was carrying out community liaison duties.They had spent all Monday driving back.

The Dunsborough 4.4 and Wilyabrup LT helped stop the fire from spreading and assisted in the blacking out.

Di and Jenny-Drafting Underway
Di and Jenny-Drafting Underway

It was a baptism by fire for the new auxiliary pump team with Bill, Di and Jenny efficiently setting up the pump adjacent to the Will’s Domain dam to supply water to the appliances.

The fire, which started around 11, was thought to have been ignited by a spark occurring during paddock slashing. It was largely blacked out by 13:00. Meanwhile the brigade’s 4.4 and the 12.2 were three hours north fighting fires in the Jarradale area.

4.4 and 12.2 head to Jarradale

IMG_2546 The 4.4 and 12.2 are heading up to the Jarradale/Boddington fire Tuesday morning. The 4.4 crew consists of Matty, Mike G., Mitch and Stevo, recently back from an Esperance excursion.Mike Terry and Adam Jasper are on the 12.2

According to DFES, the fire was first reported on 15 November 2015. There were originally two fires but they joined into one. The fire has burnt about 10,000ha.The cause of the fire is lightning and the Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire.

As of Monday night in the Perth region there are also fires around Ellenbrook, Chittering and Mandurah.


Local Crews Coming Back from Esperance

12.2 Leaving Esperance Saturday

The Yallingup Rural based 12.2 with Alan and Stevo is returning from the Esperance region Saturday, along with the Dunsborough truck with Leisha from Rural.

The South West Convoy Heading to Esperance

They headed off from Yallingup Wednesday with the 12.2 leaving the Thornton shed at 05:30. They met other trucks at Dunsborough and Manjimup and arrived in the evening at Esperance about 13 hours later. The convoy consisted of the 12.2, Margaret River 3.4 Urban, Dunsborough 3.4, Cattrick 2.4, Northcliffe 3.4.

They worked around the Scaddan area. The pictures were provided by Alan and Annie.

Burnt Out Wheat Crop
Leisha, new uniform, start of duties
Leisha, new uniform, start of duties
Smoke on the Water-Esperance


Blacking Out Near Scaddon
Blacking Out Near Scaddan


1.4 Takes on Car Fire-12.2 Gets Down to Work in Esperance

The 1.4 was used to put out a car fire in Blackbutt Close, Wednesday. A quick thinking dozer driver dumped a bucket of sand on the car and temporarily put out the initial fire. However once the 1.4 arrived along with Adam, David, Douglas, Emma, Kevin and Noel, and the car was dug out, it was clear it was still burning. It took all the truck’s thousand litres and foam to eventually put it out.

Meanwhile the brigade’s 12.2 tanker has arrived in the Esperance region with Alan and Stevo and was already at work Thursday morning just South of Salmon Gums .

12.2 Drafting Near Esperance
12.2 Drafting Near Esperance

Grass Fire Brings Out the 4.4 and LT; 12.2 to Esperance

bayfieldA grass fire ignited Monday afternoon during the slashing of a paddock in Bayfield Court. The 4.4 with Alan, Andy, Mark P and Matty and the Light Tanker with Duncan and Emma quickly made the area safe and subsequently blacked out the remnants. Nature assisted with the absence of a sea breeze.

Early Wednesday the 12.2 with Alan and Stevo headed off to Esperance while Leisha joined a Dunsborough crew heading east. Annie also set off  with Mark P to Esperance in her community liaison role.