KURRAJONG HEIGHTS VOLUNTEER RURAL FIRE BRIGADE Since 1952
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WELCOME

We have developed a website to keep our community better informed about the operations of your RFS Brigade at Kurrajong Heights. You will find in the Community section information on how to be prepared for the next fire event, how to safeguard your property, and how we can help. In the Brigade section you can see the work we are doing to protect the community and learn more about us. There’s a mass of stuff you can download in our Information section. There’s also a Gallery. Please send us your pics. And lastly there is a Contacts page with useful email addresses and phone numbers. Please also stay in touch on our Facebook page. The link is on the masthead of each page. Thank you for your support. Brian Williams, Captain

NEWS

Bushfire Danger Period Begins

1st October The NSW RFS declared the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period. This is the notice. You can download it here.

Hazard Reduction Burn Photos

There are a total of eight galleries showing the recce before the HR burn and the burn itself on this link.

Hazard Reduction Burn Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September

The Kurrajong Heights RFB in conjunction with the NPWS will be conducting a large hazard reduction burn of 329 hectares to the north of Kurrajong Heights. It will be conducted on Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September 2020. This burn forms part of our mosaic burn pattern, and is important to help to protect our environment and our community from wildfire. Smoke should be expected for several days, so please take appropriate precautions. The burn area is shown below. The RFS Notice may be viewed here: http://khrfs.org/files/MiddleIsland_PreBurn_Notification_17-09-2020.pdf

Training Our New Recruits

We have had a number of new recruits joined the Brigade this year and our Training Officer Steve Body has been busy.. Here he is showing us all how to tie ourselves in knots! Mark Jol did an excellent introduction to the course and talked us through the video of what they had experienced at their place on Bells Line of Road. Andrew Jones, Andy McDonald, Duncan Murison, and Jon Ingersole have all assisted Steven and imparted lots of their knowledge to the trainee fire fighters. A full gallery of photos of one of the training days is here. You can see the water curtains in action on the trucks and some of the other training activity.

The Brigade Thanks Flir and the VFFA

The Brigade was successful in being awarded a FLIR FLIR K1 Situational Awareness Cameras as part of a program run by the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association. Details of the camera and the program can be found here. This is the video recording our thanks:

Life Membership of RFS awarded to Bert Bennett

Many Kurrajong Heights Brigade members and the community will remember Bert Bennett who moved from the Heights to Tinonee in 2006. He has since served in that Brigade and has just been awarded Life Membership of the NSW RFS. Read the full story in the Wingham Chronicle here.

Changing of the Guard

Gary Jol long time Senior Deputy Captain of the Kurrajong Heights Brigade swaps jobs with his brother Mark Jol, a Deputy Captain at the Brigades July meeting. Gary has been an outstanding Senior Deputy Captain with many years of dedicated service to both the Brigade and the community. Fortunately Gary remains in the Brigade as a Deputy Captain. Mark has had a long and successful term as Deputy Captain and is very capable of taking on the extra responsibilities of the Senior Deputy Captain role.

Research into the 2019-2020 bush fires

The brigade received this communication from the University of Wollongong: The Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC, commissioned by the NSW RFS, is undertaking research into people’s experiences of the 2019-20 bush fires in NSW. Community members are invited to participate in an interview via telephone or video conferencing (e.g. Zoom, Skype) to discuss their experiences of the recent fires. They are interested in hearing a range of stories and views from people who were directly and indirectly affected by the fires, including residents and tourists from all parts of NSW. The results of the study will be used to inform strategies to improve community bush fire safety in NSW. Results will be presented to the NSW RFS, and reports and other publications will be publicly accessible at www.bnhcrc.com.au. Attached is a copy of the Invitation Letter and Participant Information Sheet, which provides more information about the project. If you would like to arrange an interview, or have any questions about the research, please email bushfire- research@uow.edu.au or call Josh Whittaker on 0409 007 842. Research-into-2019-2020-bush-fires-Invitation_letter.pdf Research-into-2019-2020-bush-fires-Participant_Information_Sheet.pdf

Thank You to the Community for Two New Fire Pumps

A big THANK YOU to the Community for the two brand new fire pumps that were delivered to the brigade in June 2020. They are equipped with triple outlets and have been installed in a frame to make them much easier to carry. The banner that was created for the party in February by Outback Signs now hangs in the fire shed. There’s one photo below and a number more on our Gallery page.

Lap of Honour and 70 Year Medals for Bilpin Veterans

On Saturday 20th June Bilpin RFS gave a Lap of Honour in their Cat 1 Tanker to veteran firefighters Bill Johnson Snr and Albert Newton. They left the fire shed at Bilpin and travelled to the Cut Rock at Kurrajong Heights before returning to Berambing and then back to the fire shed. Federal MP Sue Templeman then pinned their 70 Year Medals to them and a cake was presented in their honour. Check the Gallery page for our pics of Brian WIlliams and his family giving them both a salute on Bells Line of Road. Go to the Bilpin RFS Facebook site for more stories. This photo from Bilpin RFS:

Brian Williams and VFFA Submissions to the Royal Commission

These submissions can be found on the Government Enquiries page.

Brigade Submissions to the NSW Enquiry

A number of submissions to the NSW Bushfire Enquiry have been made both in writing and during a Zoom meeting. You can view these here.

Kellie the Koala Returns to the Bush

We’d like to introduce you to Kellie the Koala. Kellie is a young female koala who was rescued by Grose Wold 1 during the Gospers Mountain Fire and hundreds of departing crews made her acquaintance at the Kurrajong Heights Bowling Club. She was entrusted to Wires and Martin Philpott has looked after her for the last six months. She has now been returned to the bush. SBS take up the story: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bushfire-impacted-koalas-in-nsw-monitored-in-new-study-set-to-boost-survival-rates Steve Body photo … more pics here

Good Start for Rob Rodgers

Rob Rogers makes a good start to his new position as Commissioner with some excellent priorities for the year ahead. These include: Improved Personal Protective Equipment for Firefighters Member Availability & Response Systems Mobile Data Terminals for Firefighting Vehicles Integrated Despatch Systems Improved Tanker Design including cabin protection from rollover and falling branches NSW RFS Member Website Electronic Membership Application System - which will help new volunteers get started Farm Fire Integration Units which will get firefighting kit out onto the farms where it can be used as soon as a fire starts You can view the pdf here: http://khrfs.org/files/Our_Priorities_for_the_Year_Ahead.pdf

Kurrajong Heights Brigade makes an appreciation award to the IGA

Andrew Jones,Deputy Brigade Captain and Duncan Murison, Facebook admin presented an award to Ricky at the IGA for all his help to the Brigade and the community during the Gospers Mountain Fire. He’s still pulling his weight during the Covid Crisis and we’ve never run out of loo paper on the Heights as a result! Lots more photos here.

Shane Fitzsimmons resigns as RFS Commissioner

This article includes a copy of his resignation email to all the brigades: https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/rfs-commissioner-shane-fitzsimmons-takes-up-a-new-role-resilience-nsw

What saved Kurrajong Heights from the Gospers Mountain fire?

The Hawkesbury Gazette did an excellent story on the Community Report Meeting on 14th March. You can read it all here: https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/6688549/what-saved-kurrajong-heights-from-the-gospers-mountain-fire/

Presentation to the Community

On Saturday 14th March Brian Williams and Gary Jol did a Report to the Community in the RFS Shed. Click on the picture below to download your copy.

Community Party at the RFS Shed

Many thanks to the community for putting on such a great party for the Brigade at the RFS Shed on Saturday 29th February. Read more about it on the Community page.

Gospers Mountain Fire Extinguished

The Gospers Mountain Fire is believed to be the world’s biggest fire from a single ignition point. It burnt approximately 515,000 hectares with a perimeter of 1,380n km. Over the summer fire season our crews were active for 79 days. Our 31 active members were part of 107 crews tasked during the campaign.

LINKS

WELCOME

We have developed a website to keep our community better informed about the operations of your RFS Brigade at Kurrajong Heights. You will find in the Community section information on how to be prepared for the next fire event, how to safeguard your property, and how we can help. In the Brigade section you can see the work we are doing to protect the community and learn more about us. There’s a mass of stuff you can download in our Information section. There’s also a Gallery. Please send us your pics. And lastly there is a Contacts page with useful email addresses and phone numbers. Please also stay in touch on our Facebook page. The link is on the masthead of each page. Thank you for your support. Brian Williams, Captain
KURRAJONG HEIGHTS VOLUNTEER RURAL FIRE BRIGADE
Since 1952

NEWS

Bushfire Danger Period Begins

1st October The NSW RFS declared the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period. This is the notice. You can download it here.

Hazard Reduction Burn Photos

There are a total of eight galleries showing the recce before the HR burn and the burn itself on this link.

Hazard Reduction Burn

Thursday 17th & Friday 18th

September

The Kurrajong Heights RFB in conjunction with the NPWS will be conducting a large hazard reduction burn of 329 hectares to the north of Kurrajong Heights. It will be conducted on Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September 2020. This burn forms part of our mosaic burn pattern, and is important to help to protect our environment and our community from wildfire. Smoke should be expected for several days, so please take appropriate precautions. The burn area is shown below. The RFS Notice may be viewed here: http://khrfs.org/files/MiddleIsland_PreBurn _Notification_17-09-2020.pdf

Training Our New Recruits

We have had a number of new recruits joined the Brigade this year and our Training Officer Steve Body has been busy.. Here he is showing us all how to tie ourselves in knots! Mark Jol did an excellent introduction to the course and talked us through the video of what they had experienced at their place on Bells Line of Road. Andrew Jones, Andy McDonald, Duncan Murison, and Jon Ingersole have all assisted Steven and imparted lots of their knowledge to the trainee fire fighters. A full gallery of photos of one of the training days is here. You can see the water curtains in action on the trucks and some of the other training activity.

The Brigade Thanks Flir and

the VFFA

The Brigade was successful in being awarded a FLIR FLIR K1 Situational Awareness Cameras as part of a program run by the Volunteer Fire Fighters Association. Details of the camera and the program can be found here. This is the video recording our thanks:

Life Membership of RFS

awarded to Bert Bennett

Many Kurrajong Heights Brigade members and the community will remember Bert Bennett who moved from the Heights to Tinonee in 2006. He has since served in that Brigade and has just been awarded Life Membership of the NSW RFS. Read the full story in the Wingham Chronicle here.

Changing of the Guard

Gary Jol long time Senior Deputy Captain of the Kurrajong Heights Brigade swaps jobs with his brother Mark Jol, a Deputy Captain at the Brigades July meeting. Gary has been an outstanding Senior Deputy Captain with many years of dedicated service to both the Brigade and the community. Fortunately Gary remains in the Brigade as a Deputy Captain. Mark has had a long and successful term as Deputy Captain and is very capable of taking on the extra responsibilities of the Senior Deputy Captain role.

Research into the 2019-2020

bush fires

The brigade received this communication from the University of Wollongong: The Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC, commissioned by the NSW RFS, is undertaking research into people’s experiences of the 2019-20 bush fires in NSW. Community members are invited to participate in an interview via telephone or video conferencing (e.g. Zoom, Skype) to discuss their experiences of the recent fires. They are interested in hearing a range of stories and views from people who were directly and indirectly affected by the fires, including residents and tourists from all parts of NSW. The results of the study will be used to inform strategies to improve community bush fire safety in NSW. Results will be presented to the NSW RFS, and reports and other publications will be publicly accessible at www.bnhcrc.com.au. Attached is a copy of the Invitation Letter and Participant Information Sheet, which provides more information about the project. If you would like to arrange an interview, or have any questions about the research, please email bushfire- research@uow.edu.au or call Josh Whittaker on 0409 007 842. Research-into-2019-2020-bush-fires- Invitation_letter.pdf Research-into-2019-2020-bush-fires- Participant_Information_Sheet.pdf

Thank You to the Community

for Two New Fire Pumps

A big THANK YOU to the Community for the two brand new fire pumps that were delivered to the brigade in June 2020. They are equipped with triple outlets and have been installed in a frame to make them much easier to carry. The banner that was created for the party in February by Outback Signs now hangs in the fire shed. There’s one photo below and a number more on our Gallery page.

Lap of Honour and 70 Year

Medals for Bilpin Veterans

On Saturday 20th June Bilpin RFS gave a Lap of Honour in their Cat 1 Tanker to veteran firefighters Bill Johnson Snr and Albert Newton. They left the fire shed at Bilpin and travelled to the Cut Rock at Kurrajong Heights before returning to Berambing and then back to the fire shed. Federal MP Sue Templeman then pinned their 70 Year Medals to them and a cake was presented in their honour. Check the Gallery page for our pics of Brian WIlliams and his family giving them both a salute on Bells Line of Road. Go to the Bilpin RFS Facebook site for more stories. This photo from Bilpin RFS:

Brian Williams and VFFA

Submissions to the Royal

Commission

These submissions can be found on the Government Enquiries page.

Brigade Submissions to the

NSW Enquiry

A number of submissions to the NSW Bushfire Enquiry have been made both in writing and during a Zoom meeting. You can view these here.

Kellie the Koala Returns to the

Bush

We’d like to introduce you to Kellie the Koala. Kellie is a young female koala who was rescued by Grose Wold 1 during the Gospers Mountain Fire and hundreds of departing crews made her acquaintance at the Kurrajong Heights Bowling Club. She was entrusted to Wires and Martin Philpott has looked after her for the last six months. She has now been returned to the bush. SBS take up the story: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bushfire- impacted-koalas-in-nsw-monitored-in-new- study-set-to-boost-survival-rates Steve Body photo … more pics here

Good Start for Rob Rodgers

Rob Rogers makes a good start to his new position as Commissioner with some excellent priorities for the year ahead. These include: Improved Personal Protective Equipment for Firefighters Member Availability & Response Systems Mobile Data Terminals for Firefighting Vehicles Integrated Despatch Systems Improved Tanker Design including cabin protection from rollover and falling branches NSW RFS Member Website Electronic Membership Application System - which will help new volunteers get started Farm Fire Integration Units which will get firefighting kit out onto the farms where it can be used as soon as a fire starts You can view the pdf here: http://khrfs.org/files/Our_Priorities_for_the_ Year_Ahead.pdf

Kurrajong Heights Brigade

makes an appreciation award

to the IGA

Andrew Jones,Deputy Brigade Captain and Duncan Murison, Facebook admin presented an award to Ricky at the IGA for all his help to the Brigade and the community during the Gospers Mountain Fire. He’s still pulling his weight during the Covid Crisis and we’ve never run out of loo paper on the Heights as a result! Lots more photos here.

Shane Fitzsimmons resigns as

RFS Commissioner

This article includes a copy of his resignation email to all the brigades: https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/rfs- commissioner-shane-fitzsimmons-takes-up- a-new-role-resilience-nsw

What saved Kurrajong Heights

from the Gospers Mountain

fire?

The Hawkesbury Gazette did an excellent story on the Community Report Meeting on 14th March. You can read it all here: https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/st ory/6688549/what-saved-kurrajong- heights-from-the-gospers-mountain-fire/

Presentation to the

Community

On Saturday 14th March Brian Williams and Gary Jol did a Report to the Community in the RFS Shed. Click on the picture below to download your copy.

Community Party at the RFS

Shed

Many thanks to the community for putting on such a great party for the Brigade at the RFS Shed on Saturday 29th February. Read more about it on the Community page.

Gospers Mountain Fire

Extinguished

The Gospers Mountain Fire is believed to be the world’s biggest fire from a single ignition point. It burnt approximately 515,000 hectares with a perimeter of 1,380n km. Over the summer fire season our crews were active for 79 days. Our 31 active members were part of 107 crews tasked during the campaign.

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