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Brigade Executive

The Malua Bay Brigade leadership falls into two branches which can be classified as Administrative Executive and Fire Ground Executive. These positions are filled through an election each year by the active brigade members at the Annual General Meeting which is held on the first Tuesday evening in May.

The Administrative Executive consists of the President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The Fire Ground Executive consists of Brigade Captain a Senior Deputy and three Deputy Captains.

A brief bio of each of our executive is set out below.

Administrative Executive

Brigade President

Peter Anderson

 

Peter's first fire was a major grass fire at Duntroon in 1958 - fought with wet clothing items as beaters. He joined the brigade in 2007 and finds the uniforms and hoses a significant improvement over previous experiences!.

Peter is a great diplomat. He keeps us all in line at meetings so everyone gets a say and the meetings run without dithering. He sees it as a privilege to be elected as President, and is happy to be experienced and able to make this contribution to the brigade. In Peter's words: "It's a great brigade, a great team. I could trust all in any situation."

Peter is also a member of EVOS.

Brigade Secretary

John Raymond

I retired in 2006 and moved to the South Coast eventually settling in Lilli Pilli. With the bush outside our back door, joining the RFS seemed like a good idea.

While I’ve had no experience in fighting fires, I’ve had some good training and experiences since joining the Malua Bay Brigade in December 2011.

Being a bit of a handyman helps me in support works in the brigade shed and on the trucks. The best thing about the brigade is the great team we have who get in and assist where ever needed such as the Tuesday morning maintenance session.

 I enjoy the challenges in this worthwhile community group.

 

Brigade Treasurer

Tracey Anderson

 

Tracey joined the Malua Bay Brigade in 2010. She's the Regional Business Officer for the NSW Rural Fire Service Region South. After spending most of her life in Young NSW she loves coastal life, living at Malua Bay and being a member of the Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade.

 

Tracey has represented the brigade and the NSW RFS as an administrative support in Canada on both the east coast and west coast in the 2018 seasons major fire emergencies. Also in her professional role tracey has served across NSW and interstate on major fire emetgencies.

 

 

 

Fire Ground Executive

Brigade Captain

Ian Barnes

Ian is a retired professional forester living in Lilli Pilli.  In his forestry career he messed with bush fire for 40 years up and down the NSW coast.  In 2012 he came to the Brigade with experience in both small bush fires and in large campaigns, and at most levels of fire management and suppression.

Nevertheless, he is looking forward to learning much more from the RFS and its many experienced volunteers in all other fire emergency areas such as village protection, structure fires and motor vehicle accidents. 

Ian joined the Brigade because he is very conscious that in this part of the world bush fire is a constant threat to residents and its control is heavily dependent on volunteers.  He is also passionate about, and a champion of, the value of hazard reduction burning.

Senior Deputy Captain

Patrick Harris

Patrick has always keenly supported his local community and has been an RFS volunteer since joining the Rooty Hill Bush fire Brigade in 1966. After purchasing a farming property in the Bega District he joined the Brogo Bush fire Brigade in 1970 to help neighbours and local families protect their land and animals. He moved to the Riverina area, after 20 years, and joined the Pulletop Brigade near Wagga in 1990.

When he relocated to Lilli Pilli in 2010 Patrick immediately joined the Malua Bay Brigade and has been a willing supporter of activities and an attendee at incidents as often as he can. More recent examples of this commitment has seen him as a member of 'out of area' task forces to Bungendore, Wolumla and Belowra fires.

"It is important to be part of your local area and I am pleased to be involved in this way to serve and support local people as well as in times of emergency other areas" commented Patrick. He enjoys meeting interesting people volunteering in the RFS from all walks of life and being part of a great crew.

Deputy Captain

Graeme Skelton

Graeme came to Malua Bay in 2012 being drawn to the lifestyle of the NSW South Coast and its people. After a stint of soldiering and working in the outback, his career includes transport and logistics, agriculture and building. Graeme joined the Malua Bay Brigade in November 2013

He is a keen bush walker, cyclist, fisherman, golfer, and appreciator of red wine.

Joining the NSW RFS was an easy choice given the bush fire prone environment within which most south coast residences exist. An added but not unexpected bonus is the diversity of people who are in the brigade and their various life experiences” he concluded.

The Training Officer’s role is to assist Brigade Members to gain, develop, maintain and practice fire fighting knowledge and skills. Malua Bay Brigade conducts training on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month and on selected Saturdays or Sundays to undertake specialist training. The Brigade aims to ensure all Members are ready to protect and serve our community and to assist other communities when they are threatened by fire.

Deputy Captain

Ken Cush

 

Ken has been residing part time at Malua Bay since 1999 and joined the Brigade in 2008. As well as undertaking various firefighting courses he has completed specialist aviation courses as an air observer and air systems operator. This has resulted in him providing airborne assistance to firefighters on the ground at large fires distant from Malua Bay.

Ken started his career in the Navy, and after training with the RAAF returned to serve on naval air squadrons based at Nowra. He later studied law and after serving in various postings as a naval lawyer left to work in private practice in Canberra. Today he works part time, prefers the coastal environment and enjoys boating.

"I joined the Brigade because the bushfire threat needs to be contained and the need for volunteers is obvious. I have found the members of the brigade to be a great bunch of interesting people from a variety of walks of life."

Deputy Captain

Rob Geraghty

After a career in Local Government and being involved in administrative and planning aspects of Bush Fire management it seemed like a natural progression to join the local RFB after I relocated to the area in April 2012. I have been involved with volunteer fire fighters in many towns as well as local, regional and state professionals over the years.

"I have always been a part of the communities I have lived in, it as a way to give back to those communities", Rob added.

I am fortunate to be part of an active team at Malua Bay RFB that give a valuable service not only to Malua Bay brigade area but also the wider Eurobodalla Shire area. Managing the Website and News Letter have given me an interesting challenge, one in which I can promote the broad benefits of being a member of the Malua Bay RFB along with a developed a broad data base of information to assist residents.

Updated August 2019