BATEMANS BAY RURAL FIRE BRIGADE
Batemans Bay Rural Fire Brigade is situated in the Eurobodalla region in picturesque Batemans Bay, established in 1954 to serve, protect and assist our community. As with all RFS Brigades our members are volunteers, contributing their time in numerous roles either firefighting or administrative.
The Batemans Bay Brigade is not just limited to firefighting, we are kept busy attending motor vehicle accidents on the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway and advising the local community about fire safety.
We also attend a range of incidents and activities, including structural fires, search and rescue, storm damage and bush fire mitigation. The RFS is one big family and we are always more than happy to lend a hand to other regions or Brigades that need help, so our brigade also attends many major fires throughout NSW and other regions.
The Batemans Bay Brigade is involved in protecting 11,360 hectares of land encircling Batemans Bay with a perimeter of 108km.
We love supporting our community and we love the chance to educate people on fire safety and survival plans.
We frequently participate in local community events; fairs, festivals, Markets and we fundraise by holding the ever famous barbecue at our local Bunnings in Batemans Bay.
If a business or event would like us to attend a particular event, to assist with community education, please get in touch.
to serve, protect & assist our local community
For general advice on your Bush Fire Survival Plan go to the RFS website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Download the “Fires near me” app on your mobile phone to monitor fires or be alerted to fires in the area.
Another great app is: “My Fire Plan” which gives you a fantastic model to base you Bush Fire Survival Plan on. These can be downloaded on either Apple Play Store or Google Play.
DEVELOPING YOUR FIRE PLAN
After the 2019/2020 fires in Eurobodalla and NSW, we are reminded that bush fires are natural occurrences in Australia but not many people are prepared or have a plan.
If a fire does occur in your area, you will be required to make important decisions with limited options - please don’t leave it too late. For more information on your survival plan, click the below buttons.
CONDUCTING A PILE BURN
If you’re planning to burn on your property, you need to contact NSW RFS before you light up. Notifying them of your planned burn can help reduce unnecessary emergency calls. You also need to let your neighbours know at least one day ahead.
Please note that during the bush fire danger period you are required to have a fire permit from your local Fire Control Centre.
BUSH FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION BURN
If your burn is for bush fire hazard reduction purposes, you may obtain an environmental approval (Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate) free of charge from NSW Rural Fire Service.
This approval may also cover the clearing of vegetation for bush fire hazard reduction purposes. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NSW RFS FIRE CONTROL CENTRE TO APPLY.
FIRE DANGER RATINGS
The Bush Fire Danger Ratings give you an indication of the possible severity of a fire, if one was to start.
Bush Fire Danger Ratings are based on predicted conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind and the dryness of the landscape.
To understand what the ratings mean, and what do do in each instant, click the below button.
10/50 vegetation clearing
If you live in bush fire prone area, you need to prepare your home for possible fire. The 10/50 Scheme gives people living in bush fire zones additional ways to prepare for bush fires.
People in designated areas can:
Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
Our members are volunteers from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, bringing a broad range of knowledge and experience to the team, creating a fantastic pool of talent, strength and diversity.
We are always ready to welcome more volunteers to join our brigade; not everyone wants to fight fires, but there are a number of other important roles for those who do not wish to be on the front line, for example positions such as President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications, Maintenance and Community Engagement activities.
We rely heavily on the support of people from all backgrounds and cultures in our community.
The people that make up our Service are as different and diverse as the community that we protect.
HOW TO JOIN
How to become a member of the Batemans Bay Rural Fire Brigade in the shire of Eurobodalla on the South Coast of NSW.
Go on to the RFS website
If you would like to obtain some more detailed information regarding the Brigade, contact our Captain.
When you are ready to apply, complete an expression of interest form by clicking the below button
If your application for membership is successful, you will be accepted as a probationary member of the brigade for a minimum period of six months.
During this time you can undertake some activities and training. At the end of the probationary period your brigade will vote on whether to accept you as an ordinary member.
Batemans Bay RFS welcomes financial donations from the community. The NSW Government provides substantial funding for facilities and key equipment (eg the fire vehicles) and training but each brigade is responsible for buying additional operational equipment to meet local needs and ensure firefighter welfare.
The Batemans Bay Brigade has been able to build its capacity using donated community funds for diverse items such as:
Radios for firefighters to ensure communication during a fire event
Generator to provide power to the fire station for incident management
Welfare supplies for firefighters during prolonged incidents
Fire fighting support equipment eg chainsaws
Enhanced respiratory protection for firefighters
Fire Station facilities and training aids
Fire danger signs and community information material
To donate to the Batemans Bay RFS Brigade, Click the below button, but remember to select the Brigade you want to donate to. Receipts will be provided.
If you would like to discuss other ways to donate, contact the Brigade Treasurer by clicking the button to email.