We spoke with Bunbury VFB from Western Australia about a recent out of area deployment they went on, flown in to work on a large bush fire burning in the Pilbara.

Bunbury VFB WA - Terri Kowal
Bunbury VFB WA – Terri Kowal

The Bunbury volunteers were part of a team of 16 firefighters from the south including Byford, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Wallcliffe, Witchcliffe and Cowaramup. Flying up to the Pilbara last Friday they were put straight to work on nightshift with the task of building containment lines to stop the fire spreading towards the town and also mines sites within the area.

Crews worked hard right through the nights, covering over 40km’s on foot backburning strategically to bring the fire under control.

The distance covered was not the only challenging task for our volunteers, they also had to manage fatigue, the hot conditions of the North West, rough terrain, and the ever changing conditions. It was incredibly hard work, but we met the challenge with the grit and determination and were pleased to achieve our goals. A variety of vehicles provided; light tankers, 3-4’s & 2-4’s by local Brigades were starting to deteriorate due to the duration of the campaign. Many Light Tankers were also provided by the mine sites in the area. The experience gained from this deployment was invaluable, and crews will be keen to help out again when the need arises.

Photos and words courtesy of Terri Kowal, Bunbury VFB.
Great work out there, stay safe!