About the Brigade

The Wamboin Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade like most other NSW Rural Fire Service brigades, has both operational and administrative arms.

Operationally the brigade currently has eight Field Officers (Captain, Senior Deputy Captain, and Six Deputy Captains), on average about 50 active fire fighting members, and 10 support crew members.

Administratively the brigade has eight "Office Bearers", that provide essential adminstrative support for fire brigade operations. 

The Brigade is fortunate to have a number of fire fighting appliances (two Category 1 tankers,  two Category 7 tankers  and a Quickfill trailer).  
These, along with our operational and training facilities, are housed in the Wamboin Bicentennial Fire Shed at 112 Bingley Way, built by the members with generous support from the community.
Brigade Operations
The Wamboin Brigade is 1 of 22 brigades that make up the NSW Rural Fire Service's Lake George Zone. Each brigade exists to protect local areas, but they also work together as a larger team during incidents, emergencies, training, and combined zone deployments.

Brigade members can be called on to attend major fire incidents anywhere in New South Wales. Interstate assistance is also given, especially to the neighbouring ACT.

The Wamboin Brigade also assist the Zone as a whole to reduce the risks associated with Bush Fires, by participating in hazard Reduction Exercises across our region.
Brigade Life
The brigade is on call at all times of the day, every day of the year. Bush fires, motor vehicle accidents, house fires, assisting the SES and other emergency organisations.

The brigade relies on members of our community to give their time to become members of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). It is understood and accepted that the time members can put into brigade activities has to be balanced with their commitments to families and employment.

Apart from attending incidents, RFS courses, community education, and other special events, brigade members can attend two training sessions each month to ensure that individual skills and the effectiveness of the brigade are maintained.
Brigade Involvement
There are many ways members help the brigade. As well as actively fighting fires, members can also provide vital assistance with the communication and radio systems, maintainenance of brigade equipment, organising crucial catering services, helping with community education, assisting in brigade administration and participating in essential fundraising activities. The level of involvement is a choice that each member makes.
Training & Equipment
Many members have had little experience fighting fires before joining the brigade. The RFS provides many comprehensive training programs to make sure members have the necessary skills to handle all aspects of operational work safely. As well as providing training to increase competency levels, the RFS provides the opportunity to gain experience in different situations, at both the brigade and zone levels, to maintain and hone skills. These skills can also come in handy at home and in our own backyards. They include the operation of pumps, first aid, communications, truck and offroad driving, chain saw operation, teamwork, operating out of helicopters and many more.

The RFS provides all the necessary basic personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to fight fires, such as protective clothing, helmets, boots, gloves, goggles, protective hoods and masks. Many brigade members also choose to purchase extra equipment, using their own resources, to enhance their operational capabilities (such as UHF handheld radios, kit bags, compasses, etc).
Community Spirit
There is a high level of camaraderie combined with an unparalleled sense of community spirit within the RFS. Working side by side with other volunteers during emergency incidents fosters life-long friendships. Most of all, you help make your community a safer place and in doing so, you experience a sense of pride from the support and appreciation from the people in your community.

Becoming a member of the Wamboin Brigade (or any other brigade), also means accepting the mantle of responsibility for the safety of the local community, and the protection of property. Each brigade member accepts a level of trust bestowed by the general public, with the knowledge that trust is not spontaneous or guaranteed, it needs to be earned. Each member gives a commitment to ensures that their individual actions, and the actions of the brigade, are consistent with providing the most professional service possbile to the community.
Community Engagement
Fire awareness is very important for anyone living in a rural area. The Wamboin Brigade provides regular information sessions for the local community to inform and advise local residents and the general community about how to reduce risks, to avoid dangers, and how to best respond during an emergency. The nature of commuity engagement is broad and includes street meetings, information sessions, property visits, providing individual advice, and a stall at the local Wamboin Community Markets.
The brigade provides fire weather status through roadside signs throughout the brigade area and on the home page of this website.

Each month the brigade also publishes an article in the "Wamboin Whisper", (called "The Wamboin Firefighter") to convey what the brigade has been undertaking operationally, as well as yet another way to convey important advice to residents about how to reduce their risks, in the case of fire or other emergencies.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wamboin Volunteer Fire Brigade, whether as a front-line fire-fighter or in any other capacity; or if you want to know more about the RFS or fire protection, please contact the brigade Secretary.
Our Life Members
Hank Berlee (1988)
John Finn (1996)
Darrell Tipton (2005)
Lofty Mason (2005)
Don Evans (2005)
Charlie Montesin (2005)
Bernie Broers (2005)
Andrew Dunn (2005)
Charlie LeLievre (2006)
Peter Greenwood (2008)
Wendy Downs (2014)
Chris Powell AFSM (2014)
Dave Hubbard (2017)
Our Captains and Presidents
Year                    Captain President
1984-1985   John Finn              David Roberston
1985-1986 John Finn
David Robertson
1986-1987 John Finn
Geoff Wines
1987-1988 John Finn
Geoff Wines
1988-1989   John Finn
Geoff Wines
1989-1990 Loft Mason Anne Braidwood
1990-1991 Chris Powell Anne Braidwood
1991-1992 Chris Powell Paul Griffin
1992-1993 Chris Powell Paul Griffin
1993-1994 Chris Powell Paul Griffin
1994-1995 John Upton Chris Legg
1995-1996 Lyle Montesin Graham Heathcote
1996-1997 Lyle Montesin Graham Heathcote
1997-1998 Bernie Broers Richard Hobbs
1998-1999 Bernie Broers Richard Hobbs
1999-2000 Bernie Broers Richard Hobbs
2000-2001 Bernie Broers Richard Hobbs
2001-2002 Bernie Broers
Ray Rudland
Peter Greenwood
Bernie Broers
Cliff Spong
Peter Greenwood
2003-2004 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2004-2005 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2005-2006 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2006-2007 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2007-2008 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2008-2009 Cliff Spong Peter Greenwood
2009-2010 Andrew Dunn Peter Greenwood
2010-2011 Andrew Dunn Peter Greenwood
2011-2012 Dave Cochrane Ian Coillet
2012-2013 Dave Cochrane Ian Coillet
2013-2014 Richard Hobbs Ian Coillet
2014-2015 Geoff Foster Kevin Rowe
2015-2016 Geoff Foster Kevin Rowe
2016-2017 Matt O'Brien Peter Greenwood
2017-2019 Matt O'Brien Chris Powell AFSM

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