Cherrybrook n.s.w. rural  
                         fire brigade
 


Brigade: Cherrybrook
Established: 1952
Captain: Gavin Pringle Warning Our history Fire danger
 
Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade has a long and proud history of aiding the community in times of need.  The brigade has been actively combating all kinds of emergencies including bushfires, structure fires, storm damage, floods and search and rescue since being founded in 1952.   The brigade consists of a group of dynamic individuals from across our community.  Each person brings unique qualities and skills to form a team of highly motivated and professional individuals capable of addressing any emergency our community may face.
 
Since being founded in 1952 a lot has changed, particularly our equipment, our training, how we react to emergencies and means of communication.  While we continue to evolve and embrace the 'new world' our core values of support and help remain and we foster the spirit of volunteering.
 
Some of the milestone dates in our brigade’s history are:

July 1952 – On the 29th July 1952 the brigade was officially started, known as the ‘The Hornsby Shire Bush Volunteer Fire Brigade, West Pennant Hills and District’.
 
December 1968 – A trailer tanker, to be pulled by a privately owned tractor, became the brigade’s first firefighting appliance. It had a capacity of 80 gallons (364 litres) and was fitted by the brigade with a petrol driven pump.
 
October 1971 – An old corrugated iron fruit packing shed off Gumnut Road (now Yanderra Grove) became the brigade’s first fire station.
 
November 1971 – The brigade received its first fire truck (tanker): a Second World War vintage Chevrolet “Blitz”.  The Blitz carried around 600 gallons of water (2700 litres).
 
June 1973 – The ‘Blitz’ was replaced by a Bedford 4WD tanker (model MFR)
 
October 1973 – The brigade’s first personnel carrier arrived: a Land Rover series III.
 
December 1973 – The Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed to provide catering during incidents and assist with fund raising.
 
During 1976 – A mobile catering trailer (named “Sally”, after the Salvation Army who first saw the need for a trailer of this type) was designed and built. This became the basic design for many catering trailers used by welfare organisations around the world.
 
1980 – The brigade changed its name to “Cherrybrook Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade”
 
December 1981 – The brigade’s current station was opened, located on Shepherds Drive, Cherrybrook.
 
August 1986 – The brigade received a new Toyota personnel carrier (model 45) to replace the old Land Rover.
 
November 1988 – Our first Isuzu (JCS model) tanker arrived.
 
January 1994 – fire fighting in the campaign against the major fires threatening many Sydney suburbs was the busiest period in the brigade’s history to date.
 
October 1994 – The brigade received a new Isuzu (FTS 700 model) tanker to replace the aging JCS model. It carried a 3300 litre tank.
 
May 1997 – A new Toyota personal carrier (model 75) replaced the old model 45.
 
December 1997 – A new Isuzu (FTS 750 model) tanker was received, replacing the FTS 700 model.
 
July 2000 – The brigade ventured into the internet with its first website established to handle records, photographs and the calendar.
 
2001/02 – Members attended major fires for 11 straight days during “Black Christmas” in NSW. The brigade then marched in a ticker tape “thank you” parade in Sydney in March 2002.
 
May 2002 – The brigade celebrated 50 years since its formation, with a number of events including a formal dinner at the Dural Country Club and public display at the Cherrybrook Village shopping centre.
 
2003 – As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, the brigade published a book of its history: “50 Flamin’ Years”.
 
2004 – A new ‘state of the art’ concrete pole was installed for hose drying. It includes an electric winch to replace the old (and frail) timber pole with its manual ropes.
 
June 2005 – The brigade responded to a major house fire in Dural with several other RFS and emergency services units.
 
2006 – The front of the station was remodelled (roller door replaced and lifted) to accommodate the new tanker designs which are higher than before.
 
2007 – A new concept vehicle was commissioned for the brigade: ‘Cherrybrook 17’ for operational support.  This small truck contains 2 breathing apparatus sets, 23 air cylinders, specialty scene lighting, asbestos management and spill kits and other equipment for structure fires and motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). 
 
December 2008 – The brigade received a new Isuzu (FTS 750A model) tanker to replace the ageing FTS 750 model.
 
January 2009 – The brigade was dispatched to Victoria to assist with the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires.  A team of 4 personnel was sent to stand by in the tanker at Gundagai.
 
January 2010 – The brigade finally installed an air conditioning unit in the ‘member’s area’ at the station for our comfort.
 
2010 - A 10,000 litre rainwater tank was installed as a back up water supply for filling the tanker or training.
 
February 2011 – Brigade communications were further enhanced by the establishment of its own Facebook page, joining its public website and two members only websites.
 
October 2011 – After the relocation of the Catering Brigade to their own building, we expanded to take over the entire fire station.  This allowed us to at last park all 3 vehicles in their own bays and plan to further remodel the station.
 
December 2011 – Station renovations commenced, including meeting room and vehicle bay improvements.
 
April 2012 – The brigade attended a significant structure fire at the Dural Business Centre.
 
July 2012 – The brigade attended a major structure fire at Bobbin Head Marina.
 
August 2012 – Cherrybrook Brigade (formerly West Pennant Hills) celebrated 60          Years of Service to the community. View our Press Release
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