There were major fires in New South Wales and Victoria over the weekend, with numerous property losses, but luckily no lives lost (so far - fingers crossed). Our sympathies go out to those who lost their homes, but this is also a salutary reminder that the end of summer does not mean the end of the fire season, and that until we get significant rain (ie measured in inches) the danger remains. Hot weather and high winds are forecast for Perth later this week and people should remain vigilant. ... See MoreSee Less
This morning the Brigade put its new 3.4 appliance (3000 litres of water, 4WD) through its paces in a draughting exercise at Piesse Brook. We drew water from the dam and supplied it to our other five appliances, with a total of nine heavy hoses open for over 35 minutes. The 3.4 (and our crews) performed admirably, without ever losing water supply to any other appliance. ... See MoreSee Less
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On International Woman's Day the Brigade would like to celebrate the many, many women who serve in the volunteer emergency services. The Brigade has averaged about 30% female membership over the past 30 years, with women serving in all roles, including Captains, Fire Control Officers, Training Officers, Lieutenants, Incident Support Officers, and Hazard Reduction Officers. Female firefighters have won the Mark Loohuys Firefighter of the Year award, received the National Medal and been made Life Members of the Brigade. And of course, female firefighters have been part of crews that have saved countless lives and houses. ... See MoreSee Less
The Latest BOM Climate forecast for the next three months predicts a hotter than usual Autumn, with a likelihood that it will stay dry. So until we get significant rain we are still in the fire season for another couple of monthsThe end-of-month Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent condi... ... See MoreSee Less
Perched high in the air, fire spotters dotted throughout the bush can pinpoint a wisp of smoke with astonishing accuracy — down to 50 metres — keeping safe a population that doesn't even know they are there.
This morning the Brigade visited the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Carmel, to familiarise crews with on-site bushfire protection measures and evacuation procedures, and to provide bushfire risk mitigation advice. About 40 volunteer firefighters toured the site and interacted with Kanyana staff and residents (as seen below).
Kanyana is an important wildlife rehab centre. It takes injured native animals from all over the state and nurses them back to health before release back into the wild, and it provides valuable training for Murdoch University veterinary students. Like the Brigade it is volunteer run, and it is a valuable part of the local community, worth protecting. For more info go here: www.kanyanawildlife.org.au/... See MoreSee Less