West Swan Volunteer Bushfire Brigade celebrates six decades of serving community


Captain Rudi James and First Lieutenant Phil Davey with the station’s 60th anniversary plaque. Picture: Lisa Thomas
Captain Rudi James and First Lieutenant Phil Davey with the station’s 60th anniversary plaque. Picture: Lisa Thomas

WEST Swan Volunteer Bushfire Brigade celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday, with more than 100 emergency service volunteers and career firefighters taking part.

The brigade became officially registered in 1957 and has since been involved in fighting some of WA’s most devastating bushfires.

Captain Rudi James said the brigade was like a family and had a good sense of comradeship.

He thanked members past and present, as well as the support from local career firefighters and sister brigades.

“We’ve got around 60 members and we probably have one of the youngest brigades, with an average age of 30,” he said.

“The brigade is a regional resource – we have been as far north as Carnarvon, south as Margaret River and as far east as Toodyay to help other brigades with fires.

“It’s nice to acknowledge the achievement of 60 years and recognise the dedication of our volunteers past and present.”

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