On a brighter note....we had a visit today from Andrew and Sean from Kalamunda Volunteer Bushfire Brigade who organised a donation of lockers for the Yarloop and Cookernup Brigades....on behalf of both Brigades we thank you both and your Brigade for your assistance over the fires and to the present. I'm sure that everyone would agree that your thoughts and assistance are very much appreciated :)...THANKYOU!!!
The Brigade is saddened to mark the passing of Life Member Peter Madderson. He died after having suffered from ill health for some time. He had just turned 60 years old.
Peter was a stalwart member of Kalamunda Bushfire Brigades during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He joined the Kalamunda East Bushfire Brigade in 1975, in which he served as a Lieutenant during the years 1983-85 and then as Captain during 1986-87. Thereafter he became a Fire Control Officer for the Shire and served for many years as Deputy Chief Bushfire Control Officer. In 1992 when the East and South Brigades amalgamated Peter became a founding member of the new Kalamunda Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, and he was made a Life Member in 1998. Peter had a number of health issues from the late 1990s and eventually gave away active firefighting in the early 2000s. He and his family moved to South Australia where he lived until his death.
Peter was a big jovial bloke, always ready to tell a joke and have a laugh. He was one of the old school of Bushfire Brigade members – he had a wealth of fire knowledge and experience, and was unflappable at major fires, keeping his head when many others around him lost theirs. He passed on his knowledge to many new recruits, helping to train a generation of new firefighters, particularly at four wheel driving and structural firefighting. He was famous for having his own fleet of fully operational vintage fire appliances and military vehicles, and at major fires when the Brigade’s resources were stretched, Peter would bring out one or more of his own fire vehicles to provide support. He also ran his own “Brigade”, Emergency Response and Fire (ERF), which would provide fire response services at events like Rally Australia and air shows.
Peter was a tremendous man and our community is much poorer for having lost him. He put in countless hours to the volunteer Bushfire Brigade, the Army Reserve, Military Cadets, and a range of other causes. Our sympathies are with Peter’s wife Tania and daughter Sam. He will be missed. ... See MoreSee Less
Sean WinterWhen you went to a fire with Maddo you quickly learned that you didn't know nearly as much as you thought you did about fire. The man was a brilliant, brilliant firefighter and I'm deeply saddened by this
4 weeks ago · 10
Stephen N Amanda BellRIP Maddo. You were a great mentor and a wonderful gentleman. I had learned so much over the years from you and it is with great sadness that we now have to say goodbye. It was an honour to serve alongside you. You will be missed x
4 weeks ago · 3
David KingRest in peace Maddo. A true gentleman and a friend to all.
Mammoth effort by our troops today with 28 call outs in our community. From sandbagging in the cold on the ground, to bracing the winds tarping broken tiles on roofs and troubleshooting our hill’s solid trees in chainsawing.
And not to forget our LHQ support, keeping us in communication throughout the day and on the go with hearty meals in between.
Big shout out to and thanks to Swan SES for the extra support in manpower tonight and loaning their lighting tower, to light up our night.
Get ready for a storm this weekend.
When bad weather is expected the SES has these tips to help you and your family stay safe and reduce risk of injury and property damage:
• Park vehicles and boats under shelter, Boat owners should securely moor their boats or make sure they are protected on land
• Campers should find safe shelter away from trees, powerlines, storm water drains and streams
• Trim branches around your home to prevent them falling on your roof or car
• Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material. Replace any damaged or missing tiles
• Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages so they don’t over flow after heavy rain
• Store or weigh down loose objects around your home like outdoor furniture, playground equipment and sheds Construction site workers should store loose building material and tie down sheds
• Prepare an emergency kit with a portable battery operated radio, torch, spare batteries and a first aid kit
• Be aware that after a bad storm services such as power, telephones lines, water, sewerage and gas may not work
• Prepare an emergency kit and an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded after heavy rain or flash flooding:
• Ensure pets and animals are in a safe area
• Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supplies
• Unplug electrical appliances and avoid using landline telephones if there is lightning
• Display a list of emergency phone numbers
• Keep up to date with the latest information before, during and after a storm: www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/kalamunda.shtml or call 1300 659 213
• Visit the alerts page on the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts/Pages/default.aspx
Even with the recent rains, the Shire of Kalamunda currently requires a permit issued from a Shire of Kalamunda authorised Fire Control Officer to undertake any burning on properties within the Shire of Kalamunda.
As per the below notice, the restricted burning period ends at Midnight on the 17th of May and as of Wednesday the 18th of May 2016, a permit will no longer be required.
It is hereby notified that in accordance with Section 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 the Restricted Burning Period within the Shire of Kalamunda will cease at midnight on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. From Wednesday, 18 May 2016 a permit will no longer be required from a Shire of Kalamunda authorised Fire Control Officer to undertake any burning on properties within the Shire of Kalamunda.