Big crowd for Yanchep Fire Thank You Day

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Yanchep firefighters, including Mel Vaz, with Cecilia Vaz and James Vaz at the Yanchep Fire Thank You Day on Sunday, February 2. Picture: Anita McInnes

A BIG crowd attended the Yanchep Fire Thank You Day today to honour the men and women and their support crews who worked together to fight the Yanchep bushfire.

About 4.45pm there were an estimated 3000 people at Splendid Park.

Many people were checking out the fire and emergency services vehicles and equipment or chatting with their crews.

There were brigades from Yanchep, Two Rocks, Ledge Point, Quinns Rocks and Wanneroo as well as SES units from Two Rocks and Wanneroo.

Yanchep Police and the Salvation Army were also in attendance.

There was entertainment including by the Child Kings and a message board where people could write their messages of appreciation.

Gingin Volunteer Fire & Rescue member Kaylee Woods and Luke Davidson checking out the kids zone at Splendid Park. Picture: Anita McInnes

Wanneroo Mayor Tracy Roberts said the bushfire, which started on December 11 and burnt about 13,000ha, was the biggest bushfire the City of Wanneroo had had.

Cr Roberts said although one home and one business had been lost in the bushfire 6000 homes had been saved.

Yanchep Fire Thank You Day chairwoman Charlotte Cleary said the event had been hosted in conjunction with the Yanchep Two Rocks Community Recreation Association and in partnership with the City of Wanneroo.

She said many local businesses had sponsored, donated and offered their services free of charge to help run the event.

On the first day of the bushfire Cecilia Vaz and her sons James, Sidney and Mel and their families lost their service station on Yanchep Beach Rd.

The only home to be lost during the bushfire was close by.