Your local volunteer “Firies”
Like all Rural Fire Service brigades your Mt Riverview volunteers represent a broad cross-section of the community. Men and women, mums and dads – some working, some studying, some retired, some local residents, some from further afield. Amongst us there is a wide range of bushfire experience.
Newer members have yet to see their first major fire-fighting campaign. Others have “been there, done that” in fire emergencies in the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania as well as up and down the Mountains and at numerous locations throughout the state. What we have in common is a willingness to help our community and others in times of need.
We have monthly training sessions to maintain and improve our skills and to build teamwork, and in the “shoulder seasons” before and after peak fire danger periods we take part in hazard reduction burns, which provide invaluable experience dealing with fire on the ground.
Then and Now
In many ways the Mount Riverview Volunteer Bushfire Brigade was born out of the ashes of disaster. Our brigade was founded on Thursday, 12th December, 1968, at a public meeting held at the then home of Mr and Mrs J Geason, 33 Emu Plains Road, Mt Riverview.
That meeting was held with the heat barely out of disastrous fires which had ravaged the lower mountains in November, 1968. A fire which began weeks earlier in inaccessible country in the Grose Valley spotted over to Faulconbridge on November 20, and roared down the mountains, defying all efforts to subdue it.