I was in the Mundaring shire bushfire brigade in WA in the 80s early 90s . I remember 1991 was a particularly bad year for fires in WA we had a great bunch of volunteers back then we bought most of our own kit and one of our crew built a pump run by an old Holden engine On the back of an old Bedford for knocking fires out in the tops of trees it was very affective . I have a picture somewhere of us playing cricket against the Conservation and land management Team on rare summer weekend off ,I’m sure you’ll enjoy the same great team spirit we had . Sorry to hear about your mate Take care and good luck