OPERATION WOODS
Perth Hills Fire Recovery

Status: Active
In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Perth, WA
27th February- 4th April 2021

EOIS open for:
Wave 3: Sat 13th – Sun 21st March
Wave 4: Sat 20th- Sun 28th March
Wave 5: Sat 27th- Sun 4th April (PENDING)

Get Involved

Are you ready to deploy? Western Australian Team members will be best placed for this operation. However, DRA members around Australia are encouraged to apply.

Donating to this operation will support Disaster Relief Australia volunteers in real and practical ways.

Objective

A fire in the Wooroloo area north east of Perth has destroyed at least 86 dwellings, burning approximately 10500 ha of land with a fire perimeter of 136 km. DRA works in the Recovery Phase of the Emergency Management Cycle and our Relief teams are poised to deply to assist with the recovery operations.

DRA and the Minderoo Fire and Flood Resilience Fund have now also stepped up in preparation to help with recovery efforts for the Perth Hills Bushfire. Together with partners, and building on our joint experience with the Black Summer Bushfires around Australia, DRA will be managing a database of specialist volunteers who will be deployed to areas that have been identified as needing assistance.

These volunteers will include Fortescue and Western Force employees, as well as Minderoo Foundation staff who will be helping coordinate logistics and communications with affected residents.

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News and Field Ops Reports

A partnership forged in fire: Disaster Relief Australia and Minderoo Foundation join forces

Disaster Relief Australia, a veteran-led disaster relief organisation, is collaborating with Minderoo Foundation’s Fire and Flood Resilience initiative to increase the deployment of volunteers to more operations in fire-affected parts of Australia as part of a $2.4...

Disaster Relief Australia ramps up to bring urgent recovery to bushfire survivors in Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and East Gippsland

Disaster Relief Australia, (DRA) is launching our first major operation for 2021, returning to bring urgent recovery to 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire survivors in Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and East Gippsland.

Community & Volunteer Reflections

Raeleen’s reflection on Service Project Adelaide Hills

Having recently retired I wanted to volunteer my time and skills to help others. I joined DRA following a suggestion from my sister, also a DRA member and Navy and VicPolice veteran. My first deployment was to the Adelaide Hills 3rd Wave. Everything was run like a...

David Nicolson Reflection Operation Corkhill

My name is David Nicolson or better known as “Nico”. This is my first deployment after joining DRA only 6 weeks ago. I live in Canberra with my partner, Amber, and have 5 dogs! (2 x Border Collies, 1 x Kelpie, 1 x Ridgeback and 1 x Shar Pei Pitbull) When I was younger...

Damien Threlfo Reflection on Service Project Adelaide Hills

I am seriously impressed with DRA. And I loved my first deployment. We made such an impact to community resident Janet. We made her cry in a way that "I haven't cried in over 11 years." From their good humour and easy organisation, DRA have everything possibly sorted,...

Melbourne DRT prepares for Gippsland bushfire recovery

Our Melbourne Disaster Relief Team recently assisted the the Latrobe City Council in the Gippsland region, providing bushfire recovery post Yinnar South bushfires of March 2019. Our members sharpened their chainsaw skills in December 2019 in preparation for an...

Reflection – Michael Hoffman

The week before I started with Disaster Relief Australia, I was lucky enough to complete one day on a Service Project in the Adelaide Hills and thought I gained an understanding of what an Operation is like from that day. The next day I did the Core Ops training...

Reflection Nick Backe-Hansen Operation Turner

It was the Army that first gave me, indeed taught me, the unique ability to care for people I’d never met. It instilled in me what I call the ANZAC Spirit. I took these traits into my service with the NSW Police Force and now the Federal Police. I have now completed...

Reflection – Hez – Operation Turner

I first joined Disaster Relief Australia nearly two years ago but it wasn’t until the devastating 2019 fires on the NSW Mid North Coast that I deployed for the first time. I have an emergencies services background and with so many people in need, I felt drawn to help....

Cameron Gentner Reflection Operation Dexter

Cameron is a nursing student from Brisbane (born and bred) who is graduating his Bachelor next year. From here I am planning to enter the defence force taking my experience and knowledge to those who need it. Currently working in the manufacturing industry as a...

Reflection – Sean – Operation Dexter

I am a Civilian currently on deployment with DRA on Operation Dexter - Wave One. Yesterday, the DRA Strike Team and I attended a property in the Rosedale community that was affected by both floods and bushfires. The Owner also has several health complications that...

Reflection – Lisa Bryant – Operation Dexter

I first discovered Disaster Relief Australia thanks to a work colleague who had recently joined. I am a civilian, however I felt that I could contribute as part of a wider team and do something to give back to communities experiencing hardship. Operation Dexter is my...
David Nicolson Reflection Operation Corkhill

David Nicolson Reflection Operation Corkhill

My name is David Nicolson or better known as “Nico”. This is my first deployment after joining DRA only 6 weeks ago. I live in Canberra with my partner, Amber, and have 5 dogs! (2 x Border Collies, 1 x Kelpie, 1 x Ridgeback and 1 x Shar Pei Pitbull) When I was younger...

Damien Threlfo Reflection on Service Project Adelaide Hills

Damien Threlfo Reflection on Service Project Adelaide Hills

I am seriously impressed with DRA. And I loved my first deployment. We made such an impact to community resident Janet. We made her cry in a way that "I haven't cried in over 11 years." From their good humour and easy organisation, DRA have everything possibly sorted,...

Melbourne DRT prepares for Gippsland bushfire recovery

Melbourne DRT prepares for Gippsland bushfire recovery

Our Melbourne Disaster Relief Team recently assisted the the Latrobe City Council in the Gippsland region, providing bushfire recovery post Yinnar South bushfires of March 2019. Our members sharpened their chainsaw skills in December 2019 in preparation for an...