Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade

  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade
  • Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade

Latest News

From time to time we will detail some of our activities on this page.

Events 2021

The District Exercise has been cancelled to further notice due to Covid-19.

 

District Exercise 2021

Saturday the 26th June 2021 will be this years District Exercise. Support Brigade will be as usual, involved and, as usual, will also be assessed.

There will be multiple taskings around the district, mainly Cowan Staging Area, Berowra and Mt Kur-ring-gai which will include such tasks as:

  • Managing Staging Area
  • Delivery of food and water to Marshals and Comms volunteers
  • Transport of material and equipment before and after event
  • Supporting Catering Brigade
  • Other tasks as requested.

Could all volunteers on the day be at Support Station by 0600 hrs for a briefing and to commence setup.

Hose Banding, Walker Stacker Training

Saturday 19th June

Depending on the weather, we will be carry out maintenance on HR hoses; rolling and banding. There will be the option for Walker Stacker practice and maintenance work on one of the bouywalls.

2021 Annual General Meeting Results

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 1st June, 2021. With 38 in attendance including two guests.

The following field officers and office bearers were elected:

 Field Officers                                Administration
 Captain Ben de Leon    President Rex Callaghan
 Senior Deputy   
Geoff Percival    Secretary Alan Barnwell
 Deputy 2 Rex Callaghan    Treasurer Stephanie de Leon
 Deputy 3 Phil Gallop    Membership Secretary
Alan Barnwell
 Deputy 4 Peter Brogan    Training Officer
Rex Callaghan
 Deputy 5 Alan Barnwell    Assistant Training Officer  
Phil Gallop
 Deputy 6 Stephanie de Leon    Vehicle Officer
Phil Gallop
 Deputy 7 John Nelson    Equipment Officer
John Snook
 Deputy 8 Glenn Kershaw    Assistant Equipment Officer (CABA)
John Robertson
 Deputy 9 John Goldsmith    Station Officer
John Goldsmith
 Deputy 10 Paul Browning    First Aid Officer
Ian Griffiths
       Community Engagement Officer
John A'Beckett
       Fund Raising Officer John Dennis
       RFSA Delegate Paul Brady
       Alternate RFSA Delegate Tamara Filer
       Social Convenor Paul Brady
       Social Committee Member John Robertson

 During Counting the Captain, Ben de Leon presented notes on behalf of the FCO: The notes included comments on the following topics. (Full copy of the Notes is attached).
• Thanks to the Brigade on its involvement during the past year and expressed the thanks of the FCC team.to the out-going office bearers.
• Management.
• Meeting Etiquette.
• Social Media
• Diversity & Equity
• MyRFS
• Area Command / District Committees & Work Groups
• Brigade Succession Planning
• The Commissioners Nine Priorities
• District Strategic Plan
• Infrastructure
• Stores
• L & D / Membership
• Operational Services
• WHS.


Ben added the following comments:
• MyRFS – Please update your own personal data whenever necessary but also advise the Secretary of all changes so that Brigade Register can also be updated.
• RFSACTIV – Ben reminded all members that they need to be using MYRFS ACTIV and suggested a training session be held on a week night in the near future. It was suggested that Nathan McGregor be invited to assist.

Rex Callaghan took the Chair as President and thanked Steve Marsh & Kevin Ho for their involvement.

Ben presented the Captain’s Encouragement Award for 2020-21. This year the award went to David Dale

 

2020 Annual General Meeting Results

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Brigade Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 11th August 2020. Over 38 brigade members attended.

 

The following field officers and office bearers were elected:

Field Officers   Administration
Captain Ben de Leon   President Andrew Smith
Senior Deputy Captain Geoff Percival   Secretary Alan Barnwell
Deputy 2 Rex Calllaghan   Treasurer Stephanie de Leon
Deputy 3 Phil Gallop   Training Officer Rex Callaghan
Deputy 4 Peter Brogan   Assistant Training Officer Phil Gallop
Deputy 5 John Nelson   Vehicle Officer Phil Gallop
Deputy 6 Paul Browning   Equipment Officer John Snook
Deptuy 7 Alan Barnwell   Assistant Equipment Officer (CABA) John Robertson
Deputy 8 Stephanie de Leon   Station Officer John Goldsmith
Deputy 9 John Goldsmith   First Aid Officer Ian Griffiths
Deputy 10 Glenn Kershaw   Community Engagment Officer John A'Beckett
      RFSA Delegate Paul Brady
      Alternate RFSA Delegate Tamara Filer
      Social Convenor Paul Brady
      Social Committee Member John Robertson

During Counting FCO2 addressed to Brigade highlighting as follows:

• Congratulated the Brigade on its involvement during the Black Summer Fires and expressed the thanks of the FCC team.

• Believed Support had a great Station & Vehicles were being upgraded.

• Total of 157 Strike Teams were deployed from Hornsby & Support was involved in transport a number of them to & from Airports.

• Predictions for this coming season are not as bad as last year with the BOM expecting above average rain & a warm humid spring.

• COVID restrictions have allowed more HR planning and there are currently 5 RFS plus another 7 HRs ready to go. NPWS & FRNSW are also planning HRs.

• There is evidence that the Community is showing anxiety & will require extra Community Engagement.

• FCC is attempting to increase info to members via such things as QR Codes & Fire Mapping on Tablets.

 

Ben also presented the Captain’s Encouragement Award for 2019-20. This year the award went to John Farquhar.

Early start to fire season

An early start to the official Fire Danger Period has been made, with the season commencing on September 1 instead of the usual October 1.

Please all take note of this and help us to help you!

Our new station

We are pleased to have now moved in to our new Fire Station, however we still need your help to continue fitting it out.

If you would like to help us, please make a tax-deductible donation to us here.

Our volunteers have been incredibly busy during the past year, so every bit of help is much appreciated.

Many thanks!

2018 Annual General Meeting Results

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Annual General Meeting was held this evening. Well over 40 brigade members attended.

The following field officers and office bearers were elected for 2017-18:

 Field Officers                                Administration
 Captain  Ben de Leon    President  Andrew Smith
 Senior Deputy   
 John Nelson    Vice President  Alan Barnwell
 Deputy 2  Alan Barnwell    Secretary  Murray Joseph
 Deputy 3  Phil Gallop    Treasurer  Stephanie de Leon
 Deputy 4  Rex Callaghan    Training Officer
 Rex Callaghan
 Deputy 5  Geoff Percival    Assistant Training Officer  
 Phil Gallop
 Deputy 6  John A'Beckett    Equipment Officer
 John Snook
 Deputy 7  Peter Brogan    Station Officer
 John Goldsmith
 Deputy 8  Paul Browning    First Aid Officer
 Ian Griffith
 Deputy 9  Chris Robison    RFSA Delegate
 Dave Cordery
 Deputy 10  Stephanie de Leon    Social Convenor
 Dawn Henry
       Social Committee
 Sacha Wildman, David Cordery, Paul Brady, Marg Arscott

The Captain, Ben de Leon, presented the Captain's Encouragement Award for 2018 to Michael Parkin.

Outgoing President Bill Scott was thanked for his many years of service as President of the brigade.

The evening finished with supper.

New Station taking shape

After a long development period, our Brigade finally received our own Fire Station in April 2018. The State Government and Hornsby Council have generously provided funding for this building.

The official opening will be held on May 12, 2018.

Our brigade now needs to raise the money needed to fit it out. If you would like to help us fit out our new station, you can make a tax-deductible donation to us.

We thank you for your consideration of assisting us to complete the new station!

2017 Annual General Meeting Results

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Annual General Meeting was held this evening. Over 40 brigade members attended.

The following field officers and office bearers were elected for 2016-17:

 Field Officers                                Administration
 Captain  Ben de Leon    President  Bill Scott
 Senior Deputy   
 John Nelson    Vice President  Geoff Turnbull
 Deputy 2  Geoff Percival    Secretary  Andrew Smith
 Deputy 3  Phil Gallop    Treasurer  Stephanie de Leon
 Deputy 4  Alan Barnwell    Training Officer
 Geoff Turnbull
 Deputy 5  Rex Callaghan    Assistant Training Officer  
 Phil Gallop
 Deputy 6  Stephanie de Leon    Equipment Officer
 John Snook
 Deputy 7  Peter Brogan    Station Officer
 Rex Callaghan
 Deputy 8  Paul Browning    First Aid Officer
 Andrew Smith
 Deputy 9  Chris Robison    RFSA Delegate
 Dave Cordery
 Deputy 10  John A'Beckett    Social Convenor
 Janice Turnbull
       Social Committee
 Sophie Hudecek, David Cordery, Paul Brady

The Captain, Ben de Leon, presented the Captain's Encouragement Award for 2016-17 to joint winners John Dennis and John Robertson.

The evening finished with supper.

Family day at Cattai

As the current fire season gets closer to drawing to a close, today was a good day for members and their families to reflect on the season and to enjoy a well-earned day of relaxation.

After a busy season with many total fire bans and lots of deployments but fortunately few local fires, members and families today enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing day at the Cattai National Park. Local wildlife such as birds and kangaroos joined in.

A good day was had by all and we thank the social committee for organising such a pleasant day.

Crossland Reserve fire

After a hot spell of weather, today saw a fire break out at the Crossland Reserve at the end of Somerville Road in Hornsby Heights. This had the potential to be a very damaging fire under the conditions, however it was fortunately spotted early by two Support Brigade members on duty in the Berowra Fire Tower, meaning crews could be on the scene quickly. Channel Seven News later features a segment on the work done by members in the Berowra Fire Tower.

While it took several days to completely extinguish the fire, it was quickly contained and no serious property damage occurred.

Support Brigade crews were also involved in logistical support for the fire crews over several days of containment and clean up operations.

Containment of the Somerville Road fire

Support Brigade help in M1 truck fire

Early this morning, two large trucks collided and burst into flames northbound on the M1, causing traffic chaos for much of the day. Traffic was diverted off the freeway onto the old Pacific Highway, causing gridlock through Mt Ku-ring-gai and Berowra.

Support brigade were called in to assist in delivery of resources to the crash scene, while other members were distributing bottled water to stranded motorists on what was a very hot day. Almost 2 pallets worth of bottled water had been distributed by the end of the day.

Below are some scenes for the accident site.

M1 truck fire M1 truck fire clean up

2016 Brigade Christmas Party

Nearly 50 brigade members and partners enjoyed a great Christmas celebration at the Mt Colah Community Centre last night.  With a theme for the night of "red", many chose to dress up appropriately, and the many activities during the night kept everyone entertained. Superbly catered by Family Affair Catering, the food was also a delicious treat.

Many thanks to the organising committee for putting the night together, and Christmas wishes to all members, family and the general community.

Oktoberfest at Kaiser Stub'n

Today 23 brigade members enjoyed a lovely lunch for "Oktoberfest" at Kaiser Stub'n Restaurant. This is the second year we have had a get together like this, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks to the Social Committee for organising this gathering.

Some Support Brigade members at Kaiser Stub'n Restaurant

Major Hazard Reduction burn at Mt Ku-ring-gai

Today a large Hazard Reduction burn took place in the area of Beaumont Road, Mt Ku-ring-gai. It was a joint activitity involving the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue and National Parks, and Support Brigade members provided considerable support throughout the day in a variety of roles. These included Field Logistics, deliveries of meals, sourcing and delivery of equipment, transport of relief crews, assistance with traffic management and even transporting a few hikers who were unable to walk via their intended path.

One of the locals also came out to say hi.

Support crew working with a Sector Leader Getting close to one of the locals

Westleigh Hazard Reduction

Today a significant number of Support Brigade personnel were involved in assisting with a Hazard Reduction burn at the northern end of Westleigh.

Roles included deployment and management of the Buoywall for the helicopter to perform water bombing if required, supply of fuel for the helicopter, Field Logistics, delivery of meals, water and other supplies and a variety of smaller roles as needed.

Members enjoyed getting very close to the action at times.

Filling the buoywall Getting close to the helicopter

 

Hornsby Shire Weather

Monday

 
Max: 27
Morning smoke. Sunny.
Tuesday

Min: 6
Max: 19
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday

Min: 5
Max: 22
Partly cloudy.
Thursday

Min: 5
Max: 28
Sunny.
Friday

Min: 9
Max: 28
Sunny.
Saturday

Min: 10
Max: 25
Sunny.
Sunday

Min: 8
Max: 19
Possible shower.
Provided by BOM