This is powerful stuff. Australian firefighters don't fight wildfires exactly the same way the Americans do, but a lot of this still feels awfully familiar: the weight loss through sweating, the profound exhaustion at the end of an extra-long shift, the days of work at a big fire, the mistakes that people make when they are tired to the bone, the trauma that sometimes comes from attending large incidents where your life is in danger, and houses burn down and people die. Attending a firefighter funeral is a terrible thing. As volunteers we face all this on a regular basis and we keep doing it to protect the communities we live in. ... See MoreSee Less
Glad to hear that our comrades in the east are alive and well after this. The pictures of the truck suggest that the crew protection deluge system only covers the cab rather than the whole truck. In contrast ours in WA cover all important flammable components (tyres, pump etc) on the rear of the vehicle as well. ... See MoreSee Less
This weekend the Brigade ran a Structural Firefighting Course for 14 of our members. Many people don't realise but bushfire brigades have a statutory responsibility to respond to structure (ie building) fires outside of the Gazetted Fire District. As such, our Brigade ensures all of our members are fully trained in structural firefighting techniques.
We are trained for defensive structural firefighting, that is fighting the fire from outside the building, and our 3.4U fire appliance is fully equipped for this type of work. Over the weekend the trainees undertook sessions on Structural Firefighting techniques and procedures, and practical sessions including hose drills, extinguishers, and ropes and ladders. ... See MoreSee Less
Can we fit? This is Kalamunda 3.4U, the largest operational appliance in Kalamunda VBFB’s fleet. The 3.4U is 2.9 meters wide (mirror to mirror), 8.2 meters long, weighs approximately 12.5 tons and has a turning circle of around 17 meters.
Keeping fire breaks clear and trafficable, cutting back low hanging branches (both around fire breaks and at entries to properties) helps us attack fires quickly and provide protection to assets.