Our post about the huge community response to the recent fire in Kojonup confirms that metro fires tend to receive a lot more public attention than those in regional areas and last week’s significant bushfire in Forrestdale underlined that point well. It makes sense that it is not only easier for the large Perth-based media services to get cameras and journalists on scene while the fire is burning but also undoubtedly for the Department to get its official photographer and media team to document the events on the fireground too.
Indeed, some of the news stories about the Forrestdale fire carried a video evidently recorded and edited by DFES – like this one published by PerthNow: DFES releases astonishing video of intense Forrestdale bushfire.
The images below are from screenshots from that short video and they show the various services all working together to bring what was obviously a large and dangerous fire under control.
Let’s put that on the record again so all the keyboard warriors have another chance to breathe before hurling their rocks: even though the incident occurred in a gazetted fire district for which the fire and rescue service is responsible, volunteer bush fire brigades, volunteer fire and rescue brigades and career firefighters all came together and shared their various specialist skills and appliances to save the lives and property of the Forrestdale community. “Red” Fire and Rescue tankers that are simply not built for offroad work, worked from the bitumen supplying water and support to the smaller more agile Volunteer Bush Fire Service appliances – and the whole team extinguished the fire, together.
And from our perspective, that’s bloody great!
But since we are the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB), it is our job to spend our limited resources focused on our amazing members – the 26,000 women and men of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service.
So what here’s what we know about the work of our members at and during the Forrestdale incident:
- There were 35 Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade appliances (vehicles) in attendance
- There were 20 different Local Government Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in attendance
- We were advised of one Bush Fire Brigade Volunteer who suffered an injury and was hospitalised (a suspected broken wrist)
- We have been advised that the following Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades were in attendance:
- Bunbury City
- South Coogee
- Lower chittering
- Quinns Rock
- West Swan