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Fire & Rescue NSW. Station 76 – Bondi

Fire & Rescue NSW. Station 76 – Bondi.
Zone – Metro East 1

Bondi Fire Station is staffed by permanent firefighters, and is a Hazmat Station. They operate a a standard Pumper.

This 1930 newspaper article, published on Tuesday March 4th described the opening of the station at the time

BONDI FIRE STATION.The Fire Brigades Board has Just completed the erection of an up-to-date fire station to serve the districts of Bondi, North Bondi, and Rose Bay North. The site is at the corner of Old South Head-road and Gilgandra-street. The building is one of two stories, erected in brick work, with tuckpointed front, and covered with cement slates. On the ground floor there is an engine-room, watchroom, recreation room, and outoffices, also accommodation for five or six men. The officer in charge and his family will occupy the upper floor. The building has been fitted throughout with the most up-to date appliances.

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FRNSW 76 Fire Station

FRNSW 76 Fire Station

Fire & Rescue NSW. Station 13 – Alexandria

Fire & Rescue NSW. Station 13 – Alexandria.
Zone – Metro East 1

Alexandria Fire Station is staffed by permanent firefighters, and is a Hazmat Station. They operate a Hazmat Pumper and Heavy Hazmat appliance with specialist equipment, and crew with additional training.

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FRNSW 13 Alexandria Fire Station
Hazmat Pump 13 Alexandria

NSW RFS Cherrybrook Brigade (Hornsby/Ku-Ring-Gai)

NSW Rural Fire Service
Cherrybrook Brigade
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District
Region East

Cherrybrook’s website provides a great amount of information on their history, just a snip of which is below.

Cherrybrook Fire Brigade was officially formed on 29th July 1952, known as the ‘The Hornsby Shire Bush Volunteer Fire Brigade, West Pennant Hills and District’. The brigade changed to its current moniker in 1980. Their website has a very detailed and interesting history of the brigade, with excerpts below:

The brigade had humble beginnings, it took until 1968 for the first firefighting appliance to arrive – an 80 gallon trailer tanker with petrol pump that was towed by a privately owned tractor. An old currugated iron shed was the brigade’s first fire station in 1971.

In December 1981, the current station was opened by which time the brigade had a Bedford MFR tanker. Improvements to the station have continued over the years, including remoddelling of the front of the station to allow for larger vehicles (2006), installing air conditioning and a large rainwater tank(2010). Catering Brigade relocated in 2011 to their own building, allowing all 3 vehicles to park in their own bays. Further station renovations commenced in 2011, including meeting room and vehicle bay improvements.

The Bedford tanker replaced the brigade’s first fire truck, a World War II Chevrolet Blitz Tanker. Following the Bedford, the brigade has operated a number of Isuzu models. Currently the fleet includes a 2008 Model Isuzu Cat 1 tanker, a Personnel Carrier, and a support vehicle carrying additional breathing apparatus and other equipment.

The brigade published a book of its history: “50 Flamin’ Years” in 2003 following the 50th anniversary and have gone on to celebrate 60 years in 2013

Since the below photos were taken, Cherrybrook have received new vehicles to replace their Cat 1 Tanker and Cat 17 salvage/support unit.

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NSW RFS – Valley Heights 6 – 2013 Varley build Isuzu

Service: NSW Rural Fire Service
Appliance type: Tanker (Cat 6)
Fleet Number:
Cab Chassis: Isuzu FVZ 1400
Body Builder: Varley
Build Date: 2013
Registration: NA
Brigade: Valley Heights
District: Blue Mountains
Region: East

This current standardised version of the Category 6 tanker has been rolled out across the state since the prototype spent time in field over 2012/13. The Cat 6 tanker features a pump essentially the same as a Category 1 tanker, with the addition of a bumber mounted monitor controlled remotely from inside the cab. A water tank of 9000L capacity is roughly double that of a Cat 1 and close to the 11,000L bulk water tankers.
The features allow for great flexibility and efficiency with a small crew.

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NSW RFS Valley Heights Cat 6 Tanker

NSW RFS Valley Heights Cat 6 Tanker

NSW RFS – Bullawa Eulah 7 (2011)

Service: NSW Rural Fire Service
Appliance type: Tanker (Cat 7)
Fleet Number:
Cab Chassis: Isuzu
Body Builder: Alexander Perrie
Build Date: July 2011
Registration: NA

Brigade: Bullawa-Eulah
District: Narrabri RFD, Namoi/Gwydir Zone
Region: North

NSW RFS Bullawa Eulah 7

Fire & Rescue NSW. Station 399 – Narrabri

Narrabri Fire Station is staffed by retained firefighters, running an Isuzu Rescue Pumper (ME487), Isuzu Tanker (ME711) and a Hazmat Van.
The station is in the Regional North 3 Zone

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FRNSW 399 Narrabri Fire Station

Fire & Rescue NSW – ME711 – Isuzu Tanker by Mills Tui

Service – NSW Fire & Rescue
Appliance type – Tanker
Fleet number – ME711
Cab Chassis – Isuzu
Body Builder – Mills Tui
Registration – BE21HU

Built by Mills Tui in June 2010, this tanker has served at 399 Narrabri since commissioning

FRNSW Media Release

New $400,000 fire engine for Narrabri

Published: 10th September 2010

The fire and emergency protection of residents and businesses in Narrabri has been boosted with the delivery of a new $400,000 fire engine to local firefighters, Barwon MLC”, Christine Robertson, said today.

“The Keneally Government is continuing to provide our firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work to protect NSW families,” Ms Robertson said.

“This new vehicle, which was delivered to Narrabri Fire Station this month, is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in the NSW Fire Brigades’ history.

“The Narrabri firefighters do an extraordinary job in protecting their community and this new fire tanker will help them perform even more effectively.”

“This multi-purpose vehicle’s features include four-wheel drive for fires in difficult terrain and a water protection system operated from the cabin to help ensure the safety of the crew.”

Minister for Emergency Services, Steve Whan, said the specialist vehicle had been designed and built for responding to a range of emergencies including building, bush and grass fires, road accidents and chemical spills.

“These new tankers can be configured as a standard tanker or a hazardous materials or rescue unit to improve our firefighters’ capacity to respond to all types of emergencies,” Mr Whan said.

“The Government’s record $972 million 2010/11 emergency services budget included $637 million for the NSWFB, providing $18 million to continue updating its fleet with more than 35 new fire engines and specialised vehicles.

“It can pump 1900 litres of water a minute from its tank, which carries up to 2700 litres of water and can also operate from hydrants. It is also equipped with special fire fighting foam and meets strict emission standards.”

NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said the new vehicle would enhance the response capability of firefighters in the Narrabri district.

“The 19 firefighters stationed at Narrabri Fire Station responded to 139 emergency calls in 2009/10 and were also actively involved in educating the community about fire safety throughout the year.

“Fleet upgrades such as this ensure that our firefighters have the best equipment and the latest technology to ensure the safety and protection of local communities,” Commissioner Mullins said.

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FRNSW T399 Narrabri (ME711)

FRNSW T399 Narrabri (ME711)

Fire & Rescue NSW – ME487 – Isuzu Pumper by Skilled (SEM)

Service – NSW Fire & Rescue
Appliance type – Rescue Pumper
Fleet number – ME487
Cab Chassis – Isuzu
Body Builder – Skilled (SEM)
Registration – BC37RL

Served at 399 Narrabri

Built by Skilled Engineering (now SEM Fire & Rescue) in July 2002

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FRNSW P399 Narrabri (ME487)

FRNSW P399 Narrabri (ME487)

Fire & Rescue NSW – ME009 – Chevrolet USAR Recon

Service – NSW Fire & Rescue
Appliance Type – USAR Reconnaisance Vehicle
Fleet number – ME 009
Cab Chassis – Chevrolet Silverado
Body Builder –
Registration – FBY009

Callsign “USAR 4”, this vehicle is a reconnaisance and transport vehicle for USAR taskings. The main USAR appliance in the Sydney area is a semi-trailer “USAR 1”, so this vehicle gives a more nimble capability for either forward reconnaisance or transport of equipment.

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WA Fire & Rescue – HSR45 – Isuzu HSR

Service – Fire & Rescue Service of WA
Appliance type – HSR (Hazmat,Structural , Rescue)
Fleet number – HSR45
Cab Chassis – Isuzu FTS800
Body Builder – Frontline Fire Rescue
Registration – 1QBV-380

Hazmat, Structural, Rescue (HSR) appliance built by Frontline Fire Rescue in 2014 for DFES. Placed into service at Mundaring Fire & Rescue


Mundaring FRS HSR Appliance

Mundaring FRS HSR Appliance

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