Marsden Park Bush Fire Brigade was
formed after a public meeting of local residents in July 1944. The Brigade was
officially approved by Blacktown Council in November 1944. Our primary role was,
of course, was protecting the community from bushfires. In 2007 the NSW
Government legislation, (NSW Bushfires Act) that governed the Bush Fire Brigades
was amended and renamed to the NSW Rural Fires Act and the Brigade changed to a
Rural Fire Brigade. Since then our core role in the community has remained the
same, but the Service, as with the Brigade, have shifted into a new direction to
meet with the modern requirements of today’s society. What this means is that,
while the Rural Fire Service, while being administered by State Government and
the Districts / Zones maintained by Local Government, the Brigades themselves
play a wider role in the local communities.
As volunteers, we are trained
and accredited under National Competency standards in all aspects of Operations.
This ranges from the smallest of fires to the largest, Motor Vehicle accidents,
Structure fires and assisting other emergency services as called upon, both
locally and nationwide.
As the Brigade still maintains
its community roots, we have become more involved within it. The Brigade now has
Community Safety Officers. They liaise with Community on their needs and
concerns about fire safety / protection / prevention, both in the home and, of
course, in the case of a bushfire. This is done by organising school visits,
Brigade Open Days, local shows, community meetings and by people just coming to
the station asking us questions.
So whether we are out there on
the front line, visiting a school or even having a casual chat with someone at
our station, our volunteers are here to help keep you safe within the community,
as most of us are from your community as well.