First Crew Back from Meelon Fire

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.


Barb Awarded for Her Dedication

barbawardThe 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.