We join the WA Police Union, their members and Mark's family in remembering Mark Loohuys, a Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade member and Western Australia Police Force officer.
To honour Mark's memory, the Brigade created the Mark Loohuys Firefighter of the Year award in 2001 which is awarded annually to the most stand out Brigade member of the past year.Today we remember Constable Mark LOOHUYS 9856 who was killed in a traffic crash on Great Eastern Highway in Glen Forrest on this day in 2000. He was only 22 years old.
We will remember. ... See MoreSee Less
And well done to the Kalamunda Bush Fire Brigade for keeping this award going. A fantastic Brigade and we appreciate the time and effort the members volunteer to protect not just Kalamunda but assisting the surrounding shires at times of need. Keep up the great work.
Jo Mallis Paul Markovic has it really been 19 years! Still can't listen to Land Down under without remembering Mark!! Taken way too soon. Never Forgotten
Time flies Pennie Stockdale Bazen. I have such fond memories which are as vivid as he was just here yesterday. He's sadly missed.
Thank you for all your sacrifices we are so grateful
I remember that day only too well. Very sad.😥😥😥
It was a very sad day. Worked along side him in the brigade. Taken way too soon, RIP.
💛 Quinns RocksA couple of days ago we were contacted by Zoe to see if her beautiful 7 year old daughter Izzy could come down and have a look at the Station.
On talking to Zoe a bit more about Izzy, we found out that Izzy has Medulloblastoma (Brain Cancer).
So rather than Izzy come to us, we went there. Izzy had a great time, went for a ride in the fire truck, squirted the hose and was given a Beanie and T shirt from the Brigade.
The smiles from everyone made it a truly amazing experience.
To Zoe, Izzy, Adam and the rest of your amazing friends and Family, On behalf of us all at Quinns Rocks BFB we wish you alll the very best for the Journey ahead. ... See MoreSee Less
Well done everyone!!!!..from one fellow disabled person, I thank you!!....I was very fortunate to have volunteered for a Comms brigade for 14 years and to have given back to the community is the greatest experience. For a person with a disability to have been amongst the truck and you all for that time, would have been great for the family....well done troops!!
Fires prompt the closure of schools in central and eastern Victoria, after a blaze destroys a historical miner's cottage in Gippsland and comes dangerously close to properties in the resort town of Hepburn Springs.
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the City of Kalamunda for Friday the 1st of February 2019 along with a Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban from Friday the 1st of February 2019 from 0900hrs to 1700hrs.
Around 5.15pm on Monday 7 January 2019 a man entered a retail store on Canning Road Kalamunda. He stood for a short time whilst looking at his mobile phone and keeping watch on staff members. He then reached for a charity tin that was on the counter and hid it under a...
The Brigade would like to congratulate Tony Moiler, the Captain of the Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for receiving the Australian Fire Services Medal in the Queen's Honours list this year. ... See MoreSee Less
AFSM Number 2 for the VFRS:
Congratulations to Tony Moiler (aka Robert Anthony Moiler) on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mr Moiler joined Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (WAVFRS) in 1978 and since 1997 has led the Brigade in the Captain's role. He is the longest serving Captain of the Kalamunda Unit.
He has a distinguished service history encompassing exceptional performance and passion which has been of significant benefit to the Brigade and to the Kalamunda community. He was the key driver in procuring a training room for the Brigade to ensure members can develop and refine their emergency response skills in appropriate facilities on site. He produced the plan for the extension and approached stakeholders in the community who could contribute goods and services to the build of the facility, and he also was vital in fundraising for the project.
The expansion of the Brigade's premises has also allowed for south east metropolitan region training to be conducted there which has strengthened relationships with other brigades including the neighbouring Kalamunda Bush Fire Brigade. He is a staunch advocate for his unit and doing what he can so the Kalamunda VFRS members have the necessary skills and equipment to effectively protect and defend their community in a major incident.
He is also a mentor for all in his Brigade and is dedicated to making sure his members have access to every opportunity to further their skills. The best example of this can be found in the career fire and rescue ranks. There are currently 14 Firefighters, Station Officers, Community Emergency Services Managers (CESM) and District Officers who came through the Kalamunda VFRS ranks. There are few stations across Western Australia that can boast the number of career members that Kalamunda has developed.
The positive and supportive environment that Mr Moiler has built extends to the impressive retention of volunteers, and over the last 20 years the Brigade has kept a stable membership while still gaining a healthy interest from external community members. His commitment to his community in Western Australia is most noteworthy.