Formerly - Wilberforce Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
Wilberforce is a growing town on the fringe of Sydney's North Western Suburbs approximately 1 hour drive from Sydney CBD. with the mighty Hawkesbury River to the South East and the Northern end of the Blue Mountains to the West, Wilberforce is the last major town on the Putty Rd from Windsor en-route to Singleton.
Named after the famous William Wilberforce it is one of the five Macquarie towns, one of the oldest rural areas of Sydney and is quickly becoming one of the larger residential communities north of the Hawkesbury boasting over 1200 residential properties, many parks, some commercial attractions, businesses and an industrial village.
On Macquarie Rd, next to the public school, is the Wilberforce Rural Fire Station, (the "Shed"). Sharing the same land is the Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre, it was, until recently, also home to the Headquarters Brigade but since their move to Bligh Park it has also become home to Hawkesbury's Catering and Communications units. A very busy place to be during a state of emergency.
From very humble beginnings, Wilberforce brigade has grown considerably and has in excess of 60 active volunteer fire fighters on call to deal with any fire response. We have support from NSWFB units in Windsor, Riverstone and Richmond, HAZMAT teams, NSW SES, NPWS and of course other Hawkesbury rural brigades.
Fund raising is the primary source of income for the brigade with which it purchases equipment as required. It is supported very well by the local residents and has achieved all short term goals set which included an upgrade to the " Shed " and two recently aquired new fire response vehicles. Thanks goes out to all who helped these dreams become reality including Local Council, NSWRFS, Hawkesbury Fire Control and the citizens of Wilberforce.
Continual training and dedication has seen the brigade grow in experience with regular Monday night training sessions and weekend stand-by periods. There is a healthy representation of the whole community with a substantial membership of young people to compliment the older veterans. Men and women stand equally, side by side, in this positive and forward thinking team of professional volunteers.
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