Tilly Road Fire December 2021

The expression ‘no rest for the wicked’ came to mind when, at the same time as work was going on to battle the Calgardup Fire, a call-out was issued for a blaze at Tilly Road in Yallingup.

Sometimes the road in (or out!) was not a straightforward as one would like.

Calgardup Fire December 2021

The Calgardup fire was a tough day at the office for members of Yallingup Rural who joined with over 200 firefighters from our sister brigades to battle the flames which devastated many hectares of prime karri forest.

As at 27th December 2021, DFES advice is that the fire is contained and under control with no threat to lives or homes. All-important blackout operations have been conducted but there is some re-ignition in pockets so it is essential to stay alert in case the situation changes.

Night shots from the fireground

View south from Redgate Road late Wednesday night before the wind changed from the south to the North.

View from the Yallingup Rural 4.4 cabin during back burning operation on the north end of the Calgardup fire, early Thursday morning.

DAYTIME: Difficult terrain bogging Yallingup Rural truck; Recovery operation with heavy tracked machinery

Essential blacking out work at around 5:30 am on Thursday morning

Some shots of the extensive devastation caused by the fire

Training Ramps Up for the Fire Season

On Tuesday 16th November, five brigades came together in one of the region’s largest training exercises. Appliances and volunteers from Yallingup Rural, Yallingup Coastal, Dunsborough, Metricup, and Wilyabrup converged on Will’s Domain Winery for briefing and despatch. More than 50 personnel attended from the five brigades and were deployed for the evening into two sectors, November and Bravo, practising radio communication. and frequent relocations to different locations and zones running out layflat hoses and discharging water to protect assets. Additional incidents were introduced to test the participants, including a simulated burnover in which a truck and crew are faced with intense fire and have to close down the truck into survival mode to survive. The Yallingup Rural Auxiliary members were also in attendance ensuring water refills for the trucks.

This exercise complemented a number of controlled hazard reduction burns earlier in the month including around Meelup and Vasse Siding. These controlled situations also provide essential opportunities for firefighters to hone their skills for call-out situations.
Some of the colourful shots from those exercises are shown below.

Youngsters Contributing to the Community

Hannah and Holly Kerr are two pretty exceptional girls. Hannah (12 years) and Holly (10 years) worked weekends for two years running a little roadside stall on Wildwood Road, selling garden produce to raise funds for the local Fire Brigade, Yallingup Rural.

Proud mum and dad, Michelle and Todd, attended the brigades training night on 16th March to see the girls present $500 to the brigade. The amount raised by the girls was generously supplemented by Todd Kerr, a long-serving Brigade member, who pledged that he and Michelle would match whatever total the girls collected.

Hannah Kerr with the Yallingup Rural Brigade’s senior officers making the presentation.

Michelle, Holly, Hannah, and Todd ; Proud dad with the girls in (big!) helmets

Wooroloo Fire February 2021

The Perth Hills bushfire started in Wooroloo on Monday 1st February 2021, burning through more than 11,000 hectares and destroying 86 properties.
Yallingup Rural’s 3 x 4 truck motored to Gidgegannup on Tuesday 2nd with two brigade members on board. They were deployed on asset protection during the height of the blaze. They returned on Saturday 6th, having been relieved by two more brigade members from Yallingup Rural who had set off Friday 5th.

The relief crew were on the fire ground on Saturday 6th when a heavy rainfall mercifully assisted the efforts to contain the fire. They remained in asset protection mode for part of the day as well as ranging over the whole area of devastation, Gidgegannup and beyond, visiting and assisting residents, some of whom were highly distraught on returning to their damaged or destroyed homes.

Yallingup Rural Brigade’s 3 x 4 Truck at Gidgegannup

Photos courtesy brigade member

Truck Fire – Hayes Road, Yallingup

The brigade was called out around 8.45 am on Tuesday 31st March 2020 to support Fire and Rescue with a truck fire a few hundred meters from Goanna Galley restaurant in Hayes Road.

Yallingup Rural’s 3/4 and 4/4 were present.

Crews were Alan Yardley, Craig Saunders, Rob Poyton on the 3/4 and Ross Miller, Todd Kerr and John Stevens on the 4/4.  The 12/2 From Vasse was also present along with Mark Titchner driving Dunsborough’s 4/4.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined. No injuries were reported and the truck was not directly under nearby power lines.