Personal Protection Equipment
Trucks and Equipment
The NSW Rural Fire Service classes every brigade into one of four categories depending on the risk profile of the brigade area. Malua Bay Brigade is classified as a "Village 1" brigade which acknowledges the "Urban Interface" nature of our area. The risks that we have are both wildfire and structural and fits very nicely into the Village 1 description. The RFS Standard Operating Procedures, while noting that they are currently under review, can be seen in the left hand panel on this page. The level of risk in a brigade area along with volunteer member numbers strongly influences the allocation level for appliances that are located at the station.
The RFS allocates a category (Cat) number to each of its various appliance configurations. The Malua Bay Brigade has three appliances and a short outline of the statistics and capabilities of each category appliance is set out below:
Category One (CAT 1)
This is our biggest tanker and can take a crew of 6. It is a gutsy 6-cylinder four-wheel drive diesel, equipped with the latest safety features, including water/foam spray jets on each wheel and over the cab, so that in the event of being caught in a fire overrun they can be activated from within the cab or from the back of the truck. The CAT 1 is usually our first response vehicle and is an excellent responding appliance for structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and general bush fire suppression.
The tanker carries 3300 litres of water and when foam is added that can be stretched out. There are two 25 mm "live reel" hoses that can be used on immediate arrival, as well as two 36mm and one 65mm that can be set up to deliver water to the incident if required.
This vehicle requires a MR Class drivers licence and volunteers are offered the opportunity to upgrade their licence through the RFS training programme. There are also opportunities to get 4 WD all terrain training as well.
Category Seven (CAT 7)
This tanker is the newest in our fleet, is a duel cab smaller, lighter, 4-cylinder 4WD and is easier to manoeuvre in the bush. It is the appliance relied on to confront fires in the bush setting as it can traverse narrower tracks and denser bush than the cat 1. In many ways it is the "work horse". This truck can also takes a crew of five.
The tanker carries less water than the cat 1(1100 litres), carries foam, has one 25mm live reel as well as 36 mm and 65mm hoses for quick responses at incidents.
This vehicle requires a LR Class drivers licence.
Category Nine (CAT 9)
This unit is a smaller vehicle than the trucks and as a 4 wheel drive is designed to be versatile enough to be the first on the scene responder (usually used by the captain or senior brigade members) to in-brigade area incidents to assess the situation and relay information as the other units are crewed and on the way. Its rugged construction allows it to reach fires located in narrow access difficult terrain areas and can also manage spot fires at bigger incidents. The cat 9 takes a crew of two.
This vehicle requires a C Class drivers licence to operate.
Other Brigade Support
In addition to our three response vehicles the adjoining brigades of Surf Beach and Broulee have a specialised Cat 10 pumpers that are designed for structural fire incident. They also have crews that are attached to the "pumper" and are CABA trained thus able to enter burning buildings. Their resources are always available to support our responses to structural fires and motor vehicle accidents.
Updated November 2016