Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades play a major role in fighting fires in almost 90% of NSW. There are approximately 2500 brigades with a total of around 70000 members.
The majority of brigades were formed and organised by local Councils, however this has been recently changed and the Rural Fire Service now has total control & care, with Councils contributing an annual monetary amount instead.
The number of brigades in a Council area can vary from just one to as many as 45.
Each brigade has a captain and one or more deputy captains. Brigades also have officers such as a secretary and members who are responsible for equipment, training, first aid, communications and maintenance.
Brigades hold regular meetings, training sessions and fire prevention activities such as controlled burning exercises, trail or fire break construction & maintenance. Many also hold regular community education exercises with schools and community groups, giving their time voluntarily for the safety & well being of others.
The role of bush fire brigades now encompasses more than just fighting bush fires. Members are regularly called upon to attend road accidents and assist police in search & rescue operations. Bush Fire Brigades are also responsible for protecting buildings in over 1200 towns & villages.
Brigade members come from all walks of life. Brigades are constantly seeking men & women from the community willing to join and train as fire fighters and support personnel.
For further information please contact the Fire Control Officer at Rural Fire Services Offices in Deniliquin on 03 58815351
- Rural Fire Services - Deniliquin
- Phone: 03 58815351