Tuesday 15th November Multiple Brigade Training Session

Earlier this month, Yallingup Rural brigade met up in Dunsborough with Yallingup Coastal, Dunsborough, and Wilyabrup brigades for a joint exercise. The ability to work together across Brigades is essential, and it requires practice. The training focused our volunteer fireys on teamwork in the Rural-Urban Interface (RUI). This is where fire appliances designed and equipped for fires in buildings are used alongside Bushfire Brigade appliances. The two groups of firefighters also have specialised skills for the different environments and have complementary roles in combatting the blaze effectively to contain the spread. Training was sharpened by the fireys having to deal with simulated wind change and ‘red flag warning’ (extreme emergency) conditions.

Yallingup Rural and Duns Trucks and Briefing at Duns Fire Shed

Geoff Jones Memorial at Yallingup Rural Fire Brigade

Geoff Jones, who passed away early last November, was a long-time Fire Control Officer at Yallingup Rural and DCFCO for the City of Busselton for over a decade. He was an instrumental stalwart in getting Yallingup Rural “on the map”. He lobbied hard to acquire the first heavy truck for the Brigade and the Fire Shed, which we have now at Caves Rd. Geoff’s biggest feature was his character which left a huge impact and motivation on everyone that worked with him. With the agreement of Geoff’s wife Anne, a small ceremony was held for Geoff at the Fire Station on Caves Road where this simple memorial now stands. The event was attended by other FCOs, DFES crew and personnel from local brigades.

Wardan Aboriginal Centre Commissioning 9th July 2022

The commissioning of the recently installed fire mitigation works and infrastructure for the Wardan Aboriginal Center at Injidup was held last Saturday. Support and funding for the improvements were provided by Lotterywest, the City of Busselton and the Injidup Resident’s Association.

YRVBFB representatives are pictured above with (left) Professor Peter Klinken, AM, WA Chief Scientist and Chair, Lotterywest Board and (right) Bill Webb, First Nation Elder and Custodian of the Wardan Aboriginal Centre.

Warren National Park Fire March 2022

Yallingup Rural 3.4

Assembling with the Busselton Shire Task Force at 6.00am at the Busselton Puma Service station on their way to the Warren National Park fire.

Left: Craig dampening down the scrub
Centre: Nathan and Dick working on the canopy with a high-pressure cannon nozzle
Right: Nathan and Craig at the water point established at Lake Yeagarup

Meelup Fire January 2022

January 2022 was a month of action for Yallingup Rural so we are playing catch up with posts to News/Events.
The fire started in Curtis Bay on 10th January, spread to Meelup and was heading on to Eagle Bay but it was able to be contained at Wise Winery.

Because the fire started at night it was not possible to call in air support and the ground crews were faced with the full challenge of containment. Firefighters worked extremely hard to contain/control the fire before it could jump Cape Naturaliste  Rd / Eagle Bay Rd.

Fortunately, the efforts were successful and, although there was extensive damage to the bush, no property damage was sustained.

Captain Matt Muir praised what was a huge effort by the crews at Yallingup Rural, other local Brigades from the City of Busselton and other agencies and Brigades that came to assist from other areas. “It was an amazing collaborative feat considering the fuel loads, topography and time of the fire,” he said. “Everyone should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves and all got in to get the job done in making the community safe”

Puzey Road Fire December 2021

We haven’t reported on ALL the call-outs in December because of the workload and we don’t always have time to collect photo shots when the crews are on the fireground. As was feared, December was a pretty busy time and we are adding as the last post for 2021, the tree, grass and scrub fire at Puzey Road, Wilyabrup.
The fire was contained and extinguished.

Bringing the Fire to the Fighters