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

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

2016 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 2015-16:

 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  Alan Barnwell    Treasurer  Stephanie de Leon
 Deputy 4  John A'Beckett    Training Officer
 Geoff Percival
 Deputy 5  Phil Gallop    Assistant Training Officer  
 Phil Gallop
 Deputy 6  Chris Robison    Equipment Officer
 John Snook
 Deputy 7  Peter Brogan    Station Officer
 Rex Callaghan
 Deputy 8  Paul Browning    First Aid Officer
 Ian Griffith
 Deputy 9  Rex Callaghan    RFSA Delegate
 Dave Cordery
       Social Convenor
 Janice Turnbull
       Social Committee
 Sophie Hudecek, Keith Brown, Andrew Hordern

The Captain, Ben de Leon, presented the Captain's Encouragement Award for 2015-16 to Rex Callaghan.

The evening finished with supper.

2016 Combined Fire Boat exercise

An RFS crew from the Hills district pumps out a "sinking vessel" while Marine Rescue treats a "casualty"Saturday March 5th saw the annual regional fire boat exercise conducted on the Hawkesbury River. Around two dozen boats were involved, with crews from the Rural Fire Service, Marine Rescue, Roads & Maritime Service as well as private vessels and more being involved.

Support Brigade provided 21 members to assist with the running of the event, as well as assistance in the delivery of catering.

Events included a "Sinking Vessel", "Marina Fire",  "Ferry Fire", a pumping exercise to an escaped "Pile Burn", as well as a rescue on booby trapped house.

The perfect weather meant a good time was had by all, and a lot was learned on the day.

Quiet Summer - locally

Hazard Reduction burn, February 20Over the past Summer our region was blessed to be spared any major fires. Indeed, conditions were such that several Hazard Reduction burns were able to be completed throughout the region, with Support Brigade involved in all of them to some extent, ranging from meal deliveries through to being a part of the Incident Management Team through the provision of Field Logistics.

Other areas were not so fortunate. The NSW RFS deployed many crews to fires in Western Australia and Tasmania over a two month period (still ongoing in Tasmania), with Support Brigade providing a large number of trips to and from the airport, delivering outgoing crews and picking up returning crews.

Work was also done over the Summer to improve the region's ability to support aerial firefighting capabilities.

 

Donation received from Berowra Lions

Presentation of ChequeAt our monthly meeting tonight, our brigade was delighted to receive a donation of $1000 from the Lions club of Berowra. Two Lions members presented the cheque to Brigade Captain Ben.

We are extremely grateful to the Lions club of Berowra for their very generous donation which will help us continue to provide services to our local region.

October Hazard Reductions

Helicopter and bucketSupport Brigade crew members were involved in a number of Hazard Reduction burns across the weekend during the period October 9-11 2015.

Activities were many and varied, ranging from the delivery of meals to multiple locations, managing a Staging Area, supplying Field Logistics and assisting with the operation of an airbase (multiple helicopters were involved in the hazard reductions, for reconnaisance and water bombing).

The weekend showed a good cross section of the sort of support that our bridage is often called on to supply.

Aerial Water Bombing Exercise

Buoywall and HelicopterMembers of Support Brigade took part in a waterbombing exercise involving 3 helicopters and 3 fixed-wing aircraft from Friday August 7 through to Sunday August 9.

Working at Cowan Airbase, Support crew were primarily involved in the deployment and operation of the 18,000 litre buoywall which was used by helicopters to pick up water for targeted bombing runs.

Members also assisted with transportation, helicopter refuelling and road advisory signage.

Support Brigade is being increasingly asked to be involved in an aviation capacity, something which offers a large variety of potential roles.

2015 Mayoral Dinner

Around 30 Support Brigade members attended the annual Hornsby Shire Mayoral dinner on Friday July 31. All brigades from the region attended, which is held annually to thank brigades for their vountary service. Awards were presented to the brigades that had performed best in the annual brgade competitions held recently.

The night was enjoyed by all and our thanks go to Hornsby Shire Council for holding the dinner.

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District Exercise 2015

A significant number of the Support Brigade membership participated in the day-long annual district exercise today.

The event involves pretty much anything that the organisers may come up with on the day, and is designed to test all brigades' readiness for the approaching fire season.

Today Support Brigade was involved in all of the following and more:

  • Logistics and transport organisation
  • Delivery of meals, supplies and personnel
  • Quick response to requests on short notice
  • Management of the event staging area, including movement and control of fire vehicles and vehicles owned by the general public
  • Deployment of the buoywall and assistance with pumping and firefighting exercises
  • Radio communications
  • Inspection of fire vehicles

It was a long but thoroughly rewarding day.

April Training Day

Today's training session for the Brigade was based around Aviation management in the RFS. Around 15 members were given a broad overview of the operations of helipads and airbases, and the roles that members could be asked to carry out in future.

With our brigade increasingly taking on roles in Aviation management and support, this was an important and enjoyable day for those in attendance.

Annual General Meeting Results

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Annual General Meeting was held this evening. Around 45 brigade members attended.

The following field officers and office bearers were elected for 2015-16:

 Field Officers                                Administration
 Captain  Ben de Leon    President  Bill Scott
 Senior Deputy   
 John Nelson    Vice President  Geoff Turnbull
 Deputy 2  Alan Barnwell    Secretary  Dave Cordery
 Deputy 3  Geoff Percival    Treasurer  Stephanie de Leon
 Deputy 4  Chris Robison    Training Officer
 Geoff Percival
 Deputy 5  Geoff Turnbull    Assistant Training Officer  
 Phil Gallop
 Deputy 6  John A'Beckett    Equipment Officer
 Terry Walters
 Deputy 7  Peter Brogan    Station Officer
 Rex Callaghan
 Deputy 8  Paul Browning    First Aid Officer
 Ian Griffith
 Deputy 9  Phil Gallop    RFSA Delegate
 Dave Cordery
       Social Convenor
 Janice Turnbull
       Social Committee
 Marg Arscott, Dawn Henry, Stephanie de Leon

The outgoing captain, Alan Barnwell, presented the Captain's Encouragement Award for 2014-15 to Geoff Turnbull. Alan was especially thanked by all in attendance, including an Inspector from the District Office and Group Captain 1, for his outstanding leadership in the evolution and development of the Support Brigade into an effective unit, and received a special presentation.

The evening finished with supper.

Support members involved in regional fire boat exercises

Support members involved in the fire boat exerciseSaturday March 7 saw the largest Fire Boat exercise in the southern hemisphere  being conducted on the Hawkesbury River. 15 Support brigade members were amongst the 175 participants that took part in the day long exercises.

After a 5am start, members were transported to the staging area and then deployed in various exercises including a ferry fire, sinking vessel, ladder rescues, pump staging and a marina fire. Everyone involved gained valuable experience in what was a tiring but thoroughly enjoyable day.

 

See more photos in the Photo Gallery.

Vehicle & equipment familiarisation day

A number of Support members attended a regional vehicle and equipment familiarisation day at Westleigh Training Centre today. Members were shown all the workings of tankers and the multitude of equipment used in RFS activities. Topics covered included:

  • Pump & Foam
  • Tyres & Recovery
  • Vehicle engines
  • Hose banding & correct testing
  • Hand Tool Maintenance
  • Portable Pumps & Generators

Pumps and hydraulics training day

Pump primingOver 20 Support Brigade members spent most of Valentines Day undergoing pumps and hydraulics training in the Cowan region. Members were drilled in hydraulics theory then were given the chance to put it to work, firstly practicing opening street mains in Cowan. Later at the Cowan Air Base members were divided into teams to work with portable pumps, deploying and using the Buoy Wall, rolling hoses, working with the tanker filler and also with a Cat 1 fire truck.

It was an interesting and most enjoyable day for all involved.

Support Brigade members receive awards

A member receiving a National awardOn Thursday November 27, more than a dozen members of Support Brigade received awards. The awards were presented by the RFS Commissioner, in conjunction with the local member of parliament and the shire Mayor.

The awards recognised long service of 10 years or more. Recognition of long and dedicated service was also awarded in the form of the "National Medal". John A'Beckett (pictured) received his Third Clasp to the National Medal for 47 years service.

Berowra Lions present cheque

Berowra Lions present cheque to local brigade representativesThe Lions Club of Berowra very generously presented the District with a cheque for $12,000 today.

This amount was shared amongst Fire Control and some local brigades, with each brigade (including Support Brigade) receiving $1000.

The generosity of the Lions Club is greatly appreciated by us all.

Berowra Tower spots fire started by lightning

Location of fire - click for a larger viewOn November 1 (a day of Total Fire Ban), a keen-eyed member of Berowra Fire Tower spotted a small plume of smoke, suspected to be from a fire started by a lightning strike. The member estimated the location of the fire to be where the orange pin is shown on the photo at right.

This was reported in, and two teams entered the rugged bushland from different locations to investigate.

Upon arrival they discovered a small, early fire located at the red pin - a remarkably accurate estimation of location!

They were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent what could have been a much bigger problem.

The photo below shows the small fire.

Fire started by lightning - click for a larger view

 

 

Hornsby Shire Weather

Tuesday

 
Max: 26
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday

Min: 15
Max: 28
Partly cloudy.
Thursday

Min: 14
Max: 34
Sunny.
Friday

Min: 17
Max: 30
Partly cloudy.
Saturday

Min: 17
Max: 42
Hot. Partly cloudy.
Sunday

Min: 21
Max: 40
Hot and mostly sunny.
Monday

Min: 18
Max: 31
Partly cloudy.
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