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Timeline Photos🧯🧯🧯 Local Hero, Simon Bell knows all about β€œAct, Belong, Commit.”
Nominated in recognition of his long serving and active membership of the Bush Fire Brigade, City of Kalamunda resident and Senior Community Local Hero, Simon Bell is a lifetime member of the Bush Fire Brigade having volunteered for over 17 years and assisted with over 550 fires.

β€œI love helping the community and being part of the community. I enjoy the camaraderie that comes with belonging to an organization,” mentioned Simon. β€œI recommend it to anyone who is prepared to put the commitment in, to join. But you do have to be committed.”

❀️‍πŸ”₯❀️‍πŸ”₯ β€œYou also need the backing of friends and family. I could not have done what I do without the support of my wife. I would have been in real trouble without her. Sometimes I have been away for days, fighting fires anywhere in the State, and she is left to keep everything functioning at home. It’s a team effort.”

Mayor Margaret Thomas JP said, β€œSimon is a great example that behind every hero are any number of heroes, as part of a broader support network.”

β€œThe 84 members of our local @KalamundaBushFireBrigade and their personal support networks, perform a valuable role in keeping our community safe. In 2020/2021, the volunteers were called out 46 times, including responding to eight large fires, 15 smaller fires, two hazardous situations, and two road crash rescues.”

β€œThe City is a partner with Act Belong Commit , and by giving back to the community, we can all find our niche and a space where we feel we belong.”

❓❓❓ Do you know a Local Hero? Nominate them today at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/local-heroes

For more information, please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or visit www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/

#ActBelongCommit #LocalHero #CityofKalamunda #BushFireBrigade
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Richard Wall

Well done Simon, a well deserved award.

Simon, well deserved, congratulations

Congratulations Simon

Last week the Brigade held its Annual General Meeting, at which elections were held for Leadership positions in the Brigade. Pictured here are the Brigade Captain Dave Stewart, and the five Brigade Lieutenants, John Idland, Duncan Reynolds, Andrew Haselden, Natalie Smailes, and Kylie Howe( not included in this photo are the newly elected Brigade Treasurer Eric Swaby, Secretary Terese Foster, and Hazard Reduction Officer Chris Hannah). Natalie and Kylies election continues the strong tradition of female operational officers in the Brigade, in what is a traditionally male dominated field. For the past 30 years approximately 30% of the Brigades front line firefighters have been women.

Thanks also go to outgoing Lieutenants Chris Hannah and Nathan Miller (who was also Hazard Reduction Officer), outgoing Training Officer Natalie Smailes, and the three other incumbent officers who make up the rest of the Leadership Team and whose positions were not up for election, Equipment Officer Andrew Stubbs, Health Safety and Environment Officer Chris Grubba, and Incident Support Officer Mike Lennon (the Senior Training Officer position is currently vacant and will be filled in an election to be held at the August Brigade meeting).

All of these people are volunteers who combined put in thousands of hours each year to keep the Brigade running and the community safe. There are no paid staff in the Brigade.

Last week the Brigade held it's Annual General Meeting, at which elections were held for Leadership positions in the Brigade. Pictured here are the Brigade Captain Dave Stewart, and the five Brigade Lieutenants, John Idland, Duncan Reynolds, Andrew Haselden, Natalie Smailes, and Kylie Howe( not included in this photo are the newly elected Brigade Treasurer Eric Swaby, Secretary Terese Foster, and Hazard Reduction Officer Chris Hannah). Natalie and Kylie's election continues the strong tradition of female operational officers in the Brigade, in what is a traditionally male dominated field. For the past 30 years approximately 30% of the Brigade's front line firefighters have been women.

Thanks also go to outgoing Lieutenants Chris Hannah and Nathan Miller (who was also Hazard Reduction Officer), outgoing Training Officer Natalie Smailes, and the three other incumbent officers who make up the rest of the Leadership Team and whose positions were not up for election, Equipment Officer Andrew Stubbs, Health Safety and Environment Officer Chris Grubba, and Incident Support Officer Mike Lennon (the Senior Training Officer position is currently vacant and will be filled in an election to be held at the August Brigade meeting).

All of these people are volunteers who combined put in thousands of hours each year to keep the Brigade running and the community safe. There are no paid staff in the Brigade.
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A big thanks to the group of Year 7’s from St Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie, who came up to the station and volunteered to clean our fire trucks over the weekend. There were a lot of laughs and some great community spirit from these young ladies. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ ... See MoreSee Less

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Nathan Garrington Sounds like good community engagement

May 16th, 9:44 am

Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

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May 16th, 9:44 am

Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

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During National Volunteer Week (which starts tomorrow) we are proud to be part of the community of approximately 210,000 Bushfire Brigade volunteers in Australia.

During National Volunteer Week (which starts tomorrow) we are proud to be part of the community of approximately 210,000 Bushfire Brigade volunteers in Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

Members from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (and a couple of Kalamunda SES members) will be participating in the Gibb Challenge again this year, raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Come and see them on the 28th of March and get your car cleaned too. If youd like to make a seperate donation to any of our three teams, their fundraising pages are reachable through the below links, 
https://www.mycause.com.au/page/242126/kalamunda-bushies-1 
https://www.mycause.com.au/page/242361/kalamunda-bushies-2
https://www.mycause.com.au/page/241540/kalamunda-bushies-3-gibb-challenge-2021

Members from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade (and a couple of Kalamunda SES members) will be participating in the Gibb Challenge again this year, raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Come and see them on the 28th of March and get your car cleaned too. If you'd like to make a seperate donation to any of our three teams, their fundraising pages are reachable through the below links,
www.mycause.com.au/page/242126/kalamunda-bushies-1
www.mycause.com.au/page/242361/kalamunda-bushies-2
www.mycause.com.au/page/241540/kalamunda-bushies-3-gibb-challenge-2021
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Come on down to Kalamunda Senior High School and have your car washed for a great causeπŸ˜€

I came a month early πŸ˜‚

February 18th, 11:36 pm

Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

Timeline PhotosToday we remember Constable Mark Loohuys 9856 who was killed in an on-duty traffic crash in Glen Forrest in 2000.

Loohuys and his partner were operating as a rapid response team and were responding to a call that a gunman was threatening a patron at the Chidlow Tavern. The unmarked V8 Commodore, in which they were travelling, left the road and smashed into trees off Great Eastern Highway at Glen Forest.

Loohuys, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was killed. His partner survived the crash. The accident occurred 40 minutes before Loohuys was due to end his shift at midnight. He joined the service in 1996 and was only 22 years old when he died.

Thank you for your service, We Will Remember πŸ’™
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I was actually a member at the time of the brigade. It hit us all really hard.

So young.

VALE

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