4.4 Goes to Gracetown

The 4.4 with 5 brigade members attended the Gracetown fire on Tuesday, January 24.  They headed down around 5pm and got back around 9:30. They spent most of the time mopping up around the boat ramp parking area.

According to FESA,  “Fifty volunteer Bush Fire Service and Department of Environment and Conservation firefighters from five brigades worked hard to contain the fire and reduce the threat to lives and homes in Gracetown.
Firefighters will remain on scene, mopping up and monitoring the area.

They were assisted by one helitac, two fixed wing water bombers and one aerial intelligence helicopter. Aerial support has been released.

The incident was reported at 3.50pm Tuesday 24 January 2012.” 

About 50 hectares were burnt.

Free Leeuwin Tickets Feb 12-From Duncan

Hi all,

We received some great mail today – Trisha, Denis & the Horgan family are providing free tickets to firefighters on the second day of the Leeuwin Concert on Sunday 12th February. These tickets would normally cost $125 each! Sunday is the relaxed picnic style concert, with an after-concert party. You can buy food or bring your own, but no BYO alcohol. With free tickets I think we can buy some decent Leeuwin wine!

The tickets are available to all brigade members and partners. Please email me if you would like tickets and I will send a response from us all. Let me know by Tuesday 24th January, though if you’re not sure, you can contact them direct up until 31st January. We may be able to arrange a bus, or at least share cars/Prados.
Leeuwin Estate winery in Margaret River, Western Australia, is delighted to return to its classical origins for the 2012 Concert Series with soprano, Marina Prior, tenor, David Hobson and the Perth Symphony Orchestra performing an enchanting repertoire from popular operatic classics including La traviata and Tosca through to the greatest songs from musical theatre including West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. The post concert arena party will come alive to the sounds of virtuoso, James Morrison, and his 11 piece band performing their dynamic “Motown Show” and keeping guests in the main arena dancing until late!

Marina Prior, renowned leading lady of musical theatre, is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed in concerts with international stars including Richard Harris and José Carreras. Marina has played the lead role in productions including The Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Les Miserable’s, Die Fledermaus, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, The Merry Widow, The Witches of Eastwick, Guys and Dolls and her most recent engagement in Mary Poppins. Marina’s recordings include Leading Lady (which reached platinum status), Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber (which reached gold status and for which she was nominated for an ARIA award), and Somewhere – the Songs of Sondheim and Bernstein. She has won numerous awards for her performances on stage as well as an Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts.

Charismatic tenor and composer, David Hobson, has sung many roles for Opera Australia and state and international opera companies, including his award winning performances of Rodolfo (La Bohème) and the title role in Orphee. Other operatic performances include Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, and The Barber of Saville. He has appeared with the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Dangerous Liaison, and performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. His numerous recordings include You’ll Never Walk Alone (with Teddy Tahu-Rhodes), Singing for Love (with Yvonne Kenny) and The Enchanted Way which all enjoyed Number 1 success on the classical music charts. David has won numerous awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera, an ARIA Award and an Australian Film Critics Circle Award for best film score.

Post Concert Arena party: With an 11 piece band, James Morison brings his Motown Show to Leeuwin for the post concert arena party and promises to keep guests in the main arena dancing until late! James is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word, this multi-instrumentalist plays the trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, and piano. He has performed at the first Leeuwin Concert, in the world’s most famous jazz clubs and at the big festivals in Europe. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Princess Anne, as well as command performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton and was awarded a medal of The Order of Australia for his services to the arts.

Regards, Duncan

Joe Burley on Rosneath/McLaren Ridge Standpipe

Hi all

Further to my email about the standpipe at Green Park Road to be fixed by the Shire, Pete queries if the Rosneath (McLaren Ridge) one has been fixed as there had been no water in the tank supplying it when it was checked during an exercise on the training night of Tuesday 3 January.

I forgot to mention, before training last Tuesday, I also checked this standpipe and the tank has water in it and the standpipe is now working.  It is the first double standpipe I have seen. It is a T shape with a central pipe with a lever control valve  on it and a T cross pipe on top with a control valve on each end. When I was there, the 2 cross pipe valves were opened so when I turned on  the control valve on the central pipe (it was not locked) water poured from both ends of the T shaped standpipe . So when we first go there to get water if both ends are still open you will need to drive the truck under one and get on the roof to turn off the control valve for this end and then go and get your water from the other end.

Or else have a shower at the same time.