The brigade, Tuesday night, said good bye and thanked Joe Burley for his seven years of hard work. FCO David Hunt thanked Joe for his many years of work as the training and new members officer at the brigade. It was only 7 years, but it might have felt like 20, David said.
Joe initiated the role of organizing the formal DEFS training process in the brigade and carried this out very efficiently. He was a reliable volunteer for burn offs and did far more than his fair share of this. Along with his firefighting duties he was a hard working Bush Fire Ready coordinator.
Joe joined the brigade after moving down south. He and his wife Cheryl are heading to Tasmania for six months before deciding where to live next.
In other brigade news, the 4.4 and light tanker were in operation on Marrinup last week putting out a fire that had started from a private burn that had not been properly extinguished. There was also a call out Saturday night which turned out to be a false alarm.
This Wednesday the brigade had a two-for-one special. Enroute to a scheduled burn, it was called over to Vintners Ridge to assist Dunsborough in putting out a grass fire. All three fire fighting units were involved. Once that fire was out the burn progressed. A long afternoon.