Celebration for Kurrajong Rural Fire Brigade on 80th anniversary


NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members will gather tomorrow to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Kurrajong Rural Fire Brigade at their station and honour the long-standing dedication and commitment to protecting the community by its members.

Member for Hawkesbury Robyn Preston and NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Stuart Midgley AFSM will congratulate members past and present for building the brigade into the community institution it is today.

“This Brigade has such a proud history of community service and spirit,” Ms Preston said.

“Formed in December 1939 by the Colo Shire Council, the brigade has transformed from originally using just hand beaters and a 100 gallon ‘Belly Bag’ on the back of a trailer, to then utilizing a 1050’s Land Rover with trailer and in the 1960’s a Bedford Truck purchased through fundraising.

“Now, the Brigade utlisises the best available resources to protect the surrounding community.

“Over the years, this brigade has also put in a lot of effort developing its members, especially through monthly training and strengthening its relationship with the community.

Assistant Commissioner Midgley said the brigade currently has 92 members and responds to a wide range of emergency incidents.

“The brigade attends bush and grass fires, motor vehicle accidents and a large number of structure fires,” Assistant Commissioner Midgley said.

“The Kurrajong Brigade has certainly seen its fair share of fire activity this season and I congratulate all members for the tireless efforts put in to protecting their local community.”

Assistant Commissioner Midgley said the hard work and professionalism of NSW RFS members does not go unnoticed and while they do not ask for praise, this milestone is an opportunity to acknowledge their contribution and commitment, especially seen over recent months.

“The Hawkesbury District is afforded a world-class level of fire protection due to the experience and dedication of its 23 Rural Fire Brigades,” Assistant Commissioner Midgley said.

“We must also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of these and all volunteers, we know it takes their support to help Rural Fire Service members do what they do.”

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