The Brigade's area is located on the northern peninsula of Broken Bay on the eastern side of F3 and has an average weeknight population of approx. 2,000 residents. The population of the area more than doubles during the weekends and holiday season and due to its proximity to beaches and National Park the area receives several hundred visitors during these periods.
Permanent and holiday residents occupy over 1,275 houses, including small acreage hobby farms and larger properties with just under half bordering onto bushland interface. Also included in the Brigade's area is one Primary School, two Club Houses (RSL and SLSC), a small commercial/retail centre, several Motel/B&B style accommodation facilities, several restaurants and two General Stores.
The majority of the KillcareWagstaffe Brigade area of 1,100 Hectares is National Park or Council land with a little over half being flat (0-5%) to undulating (6- 15%) and the remainder mountainous (16% +).
MONTHLY CAKE STALL
WHEN - The first Saturday of every month (from 07:30)
WHERE - In front of Killcare Cellars - Araluen Drive, Hardys Bay NSW 2257
WHAT - We sell homemade cakes and have a range of preserves such as jams, marmalades, honey and relish made from local produce.
All proceeds go towards Brigade equipment and operational costs unless explicitly stated otherwise. Donations are also welcome and any donation over $2 is tax deductible.
We are also more than happy to discuss concerns with you, such as how you can be prepared for the bushfire season, give you information on our operations and answer any questions that you might have regarding the NSW Rural Fire Service and what it does for you.
The Brigade collects cash donations through its Fire Helmet collection boxes at Killcare Cellars and the Wagstaffe General Store.
Donations can be made in person at the Monthly Cake Stall or they can be mailed to:
Name: KillcareWagstaffe Rural Fire Brigade
Address: PO BOX 4014 WAGSTAFFE NSW 2257 AUSTRALIA
Cheques are preferred if you make a donation via mail. When making your donation be sure to include your name and mailing address if you would like us to send you a receipt of your donation.
Donated funds go towards Brigade equipment and operational costs unless explicitly stated otherwise when you make the donation. Any receipted donation over $2 is tax deductible.
Deliver an efficient and effective response to incidents within our operational responsibilities, including: -
* Prevent, mitigate and suppress bush and other fires
* Protect people from danger to their safety and health, and property from destruction or damage arising from fires
* Develop risk mitigation plans, such as hazard reduction and public education; Undertake community education in relation to fire safety and prevention
* Raise funds to support the objectives of the Brigade
* Assist other community groups and organizations in the promotion of their objectives
* Develop training programs so Members have the skills they require
* Assist other emergency service organizations at incidents and emergencies under the control of those organizations
* Promote the objectives of the Act and the NSW RFS.
Killcare-1 is a Category 1 Heavy Appliance 6 Person Crew Cab vehicle based on a 4x4 turbo diesel Isuzu. She carries up to 6 crew, approximately 3300L of water, about 1km of hose, a generator, 2 pumps (1 portable), 1 chainsaw and various tools for dry firefighting and forcible entry (at motor vehicle accidents and house fire incidents, etc) as well as 2 Breathing Apparatus sets for use in hazardous atmospheric environments (toxic, oxygen deficient, smokey or very hot - such as house fires and motor vehicle accident fires. She is also equipped with integrated and portable RFS PMR, UHF and RFS Fireground radios.
Category-1 Applications: The Category-1 vehicle is the Brigade's primary response vehicle. It is the first vehicle responded to any incident with Killcare-7 and Killcare-9 being responded based on the number of volunteers who respond to the pager call and the type and size of the incident communicated by Gosford Fire Control. The vehicle is equipped to contain and suppress fires in bush, urban structures and vehicles on all types of terrain.
Killcare-7 is a Category 7 Light Appliance 3 Person Crew Cab vehicle. She carries up to 3 crew, approx 1100L of water, about 300m of hose, 2 pumps (1 portable) and various tools for dry firefighting. She is also equipped with integrated and portable RFS PMR, UHF and RFS Fireground radios for communication.
Category-7 Applications: The Category-7 vehicle is the Brigade's secondary response vehicle. It is the second vehicle responded to any incident depending on crew availability. Killcare-9 may be responded as well if enough crew are available and the incident requires it. The vehicle is equipped to contain and suppress fires in bush and vehicles on all types of terrain and can support Breathing Apparatus operations of Killcare-1 at urban structure and vehicle fires through defensive attack firefighting.
Killcare-9 is a Category 9 Ultra Light Tanker 5 Person Crew Cab vehicle. The vehicle can carry up to 5 crew, approx 500L of water, 150m of hose and dry firefighting tools. She is also equipped with integrated and portable RFS PMR, UHF and RFS Fireground radios for communication.
Category-9 Applications: The Category 9 vehicle is primarily used for mopping up and patrolling fires, changing over crews on campaign fires in the local area, accessing areas inaccessible to larger vehicles for the purpose of reconnaissance and dry firefighting. In fires where the Cat-9 cannot be used due to its limitations its crew can 'attach' to a larger appliance and support their operations.