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.

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


2016 Incident Management Exercise

Each year the district holds an event in which a simulated fire emergency is used to test the readiness of the region to respond to a major fire catastrophe. This year the exercise ran over two days, and involved in excess of 50 personnel at the Fire Control Centre, including over a dozen Support Brigade members, who largely performed important logistics roles.

The scenario involved a large fire impacting on multiple parts of the northern part of the shire, and resulted in evacuations and closure of major roads and the rail corridor.

After a tiring two days the organisers declared the event a success, and we are all now better prepared for the coming fire season.

2016 Annual Volunteer Thank You Dinner

Hornsby Shire Council is a great supporter of local volunteer firefighters, and every year in August a dinner is held for them to thank the volunteer firefighters in the region. This year the dinner was attended by every brigade in the district, with the Mayor on hand to personally thank the volunteers.

Over 30 members of Support Brigade were in attendance, and enjoyed the night enormously. We heartily thank Hornsby Shire for the kindness in putting on the dinner.

Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell Support Captain and members Support brigade members



Folk night

A group of Support Brigade members attended a packed Hornsby Folk Club tonight for an evening of entertainment and camaraderie.

A good time was had by all, and some commented that it will be something that we will need to do again!

Congratulations to Life Members

At tonight's general meeting, the honour of Life Membership was bestowed upon two of the longest serving members in our brigade.

Former Captain and founder of the brigade, Alan Barnwell, was presented with a certificate of Life Membership for his many years of leadership and hard work in the establishment and development of the brigade.

Dawn Henry, long time call out officer and "right hand man" to the captain, was also honoured for the enormous contribution she has made, and continues to make, in the day to day running of the brigade.

These are two very worthy recipients of this honour and the entire brigade congratulates them.

Hornsby Shire Weather


Partly cloudy.

Min: 14
Max: 29

Min: 16
Max: 27
Partly cloudy.

Min: 15
Max: 26
Partly cloudy.

Min: 14
Max: 28
Partly cloudy.

Min: 15
Max: 30
Shower or two.

Min: 19
Max: 29
Shower or two.
Provided by BOM