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.

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


Mostly clear.

Min: 21
Max: 39
Late cool change. Partly cloudy.

Min: 22
Max: 33
Partly cloudy.

Min: 23
Max: 30
Shower or two.

Min: 19
Max: 29
Shower or two.

Min: 18
Max: 24
Shower or two.

Min: 16
Max: 25
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