Contact us

PO Box 2040

Malua Bay NSW 2536

e-mail maluabayrfsbrigade@gmail.com

Captain: Ian

Tele     0415 774 810

Secretary: John

Tele    4471 1266

Treasurer: Tracey
Tele     4475 1302

 

 

Webmaster

Rob Geraghty

e-mail maluabayrfsbrigade@gmail.com

 

 

Meeting nights

1st Tuesday of each month

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Training nights

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Place 

Top of Reservoir Rd,
Malua Bay
(off George Bass Drive)

 

 



About Us

The Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade is an “urban interface” brigade made up of committed volunteers who respond to house fires, bush fires and motor vehicle accidents particularly in the suburban areas of Lilli Pilli, Malua Bay, Rosedale, Guerilla Bay and surrounds. We also regularly conduct thoughtfully planned Hazard Reduction Burns to protect the community from fire, being sensitive to and to retain biodiversity in our area as well as to diminish the impact of future bush fire threats.

The description of the brigade as an "urban interface" brigade means that there is significant mixing of bush land and dwellings in an urban like environment. We also have portions of the brigade area that are larger holdings either rural or semi rural. So we locally have the whole array of response challenges for a rural brigade. In general terms 30% of our area is urban type.

The brigade has more than 3,000 rate assessments in its area and this number is rapidly growing with the upsurge in subdivisions - that is potential land owners. We believe that nearly 60% of these are absentee landowners (either infrequently used holiday homes or rental properties). Except for two small areas (wetlands) our area has been classified as "fire prone land" by the Council. This classification has added building standards for new or renovated homes and shows the extra challenges we will face in controlling a local fire.

Our brigade is trying to give our land owners a sense of who we are, what we do, the structure of the RFS, how decisions are made and where they can get information from. Also through this we want to raise awareness and give owners and occupiers an understanding of contemporary knowledge about getting ready for the fire season as well as general safety issues should a fire eventuate.

Developing a community engagement strategy is an ongoing priority for us, in addition to this web page we put out an annual newsletter, make community presentations, attend gathers of owners if invited, hold at least one "Get Ready Day" during each year leading up to the fire season and maintain a face book presence.

The web page is continually being developed and we would really like your comments on whether there are things that could be added to make it more relevant to your needs, areas that could be expanded or simply to tell us we have hit the mark with what is on there. Our e-mail address is maluabayrfsbrigade@gmail.com.

 

Seasonal Focused Information

 

There are two distinct alert seasons for the Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade and to make this website reflect that and be fully worthwhile, no matter what season, we have established two information threads from this front page. The first and most important is the summer high risk thread where the brigade and community have to be ready to respond to open area fires very quickly. The second season thread is the winter months when we cover more urban issues locally, support other agencies, get ready for next season and help residents prepare their properties for the next fire season. Acknowledging these quite distinct seasonal differences our emphasis changes. The links to these branches are:

 

Keep Informed

 

One of the important things you need to do primarily during the fire season but year round is to keep informed of weather conditions, emergency alerts and changing updates as they happen. We offer a cluster of websites that we have called Alert Watch to assist you to quickly assess the prevailing conditions and their impact on fire potential and intensity. These are sites that will give you up to date information on the fire situation, fire declarations, emergency announcements and a quick means to follow developing weather conditions. It is worth becoming familiar with these updates and how they change before the fire season arrives.

 

Have a Plan

Bush fires are a natural part of the Australian environment and occur regularly, but many people fail to prepare for them. When threatened by bush fires, people will often leave it too late to make critical decisions and often have few safe options left.

 

 

The Rural Fire Service's web page has excellent information on things you should consider, things you should do to prepare and also how to respond to a fire situation. You can access this information through this (Link) to their site. Watch the short videos as they have really useful information. There is more detailed information in the "summer high risk" and "winter months" threads links above.  

Join Us

There is a job for everbody locally in the Rural Fire Service, whether it on the fire front or critical support roles behind the scenes. Do not be put off because you do not think you can manage the physical challenges of getting in the truck. Experience in adminstration, radio controls or organisational matters is always being sought.

 

Interested in joining? you are welcome to drop into the shed on either the 1st, 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the Month at 6pm. Also see our "Brigade Members" section and our "Join Us" section by clicking on the navigation bar on the top left hand side of this page for more details.

 

Current Updates

From time to time there are special pieces of information that we need to take account of along with special activities the the Brigade would like to share with its community. These matters are included in this regular updated section.

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40km/h Around Stopped Emergency Vehicles

 

 

From September 2018 a new road rule is in place in NSW to improve the safety of emergency workers, as well as the people they are protecting.


The new rule requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing a stationary emergency vehicle displaying blue and/or red flashing lights; this also requires motorists to give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle. Motorists should not increase their speed until they are a safe distance past the vehicle.

Key messages of the campaign


For everyone's safety, motorists must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights. The rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip. Motorists who do not comply with the rule will face a $448 fine and three demerit points.

There are a number of additional details you should be aware of in the application of these rules and you can find them in this link

 

Level  2 Water Restrictions

 

 

The Eurobodalla Shire Council has increased the restrictions on using reticulated water from their water supply mains from 1st December 2018 to Level 2. That means that there is a further restriction on the number of hours between which you can "hand water" your gardens etc; - details of those restrictions can be found at this link. Also it is worth looking at the "frequently asked questions" section through this link where you can see the finer details of those restriction; of particular interest is the rules around using water from your on site water tanks - you might find that the restriction applies to you using that water as well.

 

With respect to on site water tanks have you thought of readily signing that you have a tank that could be used as a fire fighting resource and ensuring that it is full on catastrophic fire days. That resource may help us save your house and property.

 

Updated December 2018