The NSW Rural Fire Service, the world's largest fire service. The 70,000 volunteer members provide emergency services to over 95 percent of NSW. The Annangrove Brigade is part of this organization.
The Annangrove Station is locate in Annangrove Park on Currie Avenue. The brigade was formed in the 1950’s and was then known as Annangrove Bushfire Brigade.
The brigade has maintenance every Saturday morning and monthly Business Meetings at 8:00 PM on the first Monday of each month. If you would like to be part of the Annangrove Brigade, visit us any Saturday to find out more.
The 2011/12 Bush Fire Season has commenced and has the potential to be a bad fire season. Rain in spring has restricted the Brigades ability to complete the planned program of hazard reduction burns. If periods of dry hot weather are experienced the bush will quickly dry increasing the risk of bushfires. The NSW Rural Fire Service web page has a lot of useful information on fire safety and actions to take in the event of a fire in your area. Refer to the fire safety page on the NSW RFS web site
If you wish to perform a hazard reduction burn on your property you will now require a Permit to Burn as well as the Hazard Reduction. In The Hills the Hazard Reduction Certificate is issued by the Fire Control Centre at the corner of Annangrove and Kenthurst Roads, Kenthurst. The permit to burn by your local Brigade.
New Fire Danger Signs have been installed across the state adding an additional level of risk above Extreme. The new level of Catastrophic has been introduced following the review of the Victorian Bushfires in February of 2009.
Under Catastrophic conditions fires are expected to be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving. Flames will be higher than the roof tops of houses. There is a very real likelihood that lives and properties will be lost. Even well prepared properties built to the highest bush fire protection standards may not be safe to shelter in during a fire as construction standards do not go beyond a Fire Danger Index of 100.
A full explanation of Fire Danger Ratings can be found on the NSW Rural Fire Service web page.
Email the Captain or Secretary if you have any questions or wish to join the brigade, or visit us any Saturday morning at the Station in Annangrove Park.For more information see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on this site.