Welcome to the website of the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade. The brigade is a group of committed volunteers who provide fire protection and related emergency services to the semi-rural community of Berkshire Park, on the outskirts of Penrith. The brigade is the primary response service for all fire related emergencies within the area, including bush and scrub fires, house fires and motor vehicle accidents.
Established in 1946, the brigade draws it’s members from a large area including the Berkshire Park Community. There are currently approximately 20 active members who respond to incidents across the brigade’s area, and when requested, all across the state.
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NSW Rural Fire Service in the Cumberland Zone
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BERKSHIRE PARK RURAL FIRE BRIGADE
NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE
A GROUP OF COMMITTED VOLUNTEERS
Founded in 1946, the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade is one of the oldest volunteer fire brigades in the Penrith local government area. The brigade has had a variety of different fire tankers throughtout the years, and currently have a Category 1 (Heavy) Tanker, a Category 7 (Light) tanker and personnel carrier housed within the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Station on Sixth Road, Berkshire Park
Starting from small and humble beginnings, the brigade was then upgraded to a two bay tanker station in the 1970s, with a demountable building added to the rear of the structure as the brigade's needs grew. Thanks to hard work and a lot of fundraising by the brigades members this two bay station was upgraded to it's current state of three vehicle bays, a large sitting/training room, office and the required amenities.
As well as being a fire agency and the primary response for the area of Berkshire Park, the members of the brigade also carry out Community Education initiatives. These include street meetings to discuss the forthcoming fire season as applicable, as well as property inspections if requested and attending events held throughout the greater community area.
As a volunteer organisation, a large amount of the brigade's operating finances are raisied by various fundraisnig activities throughtou the year. These include community BBQs at various venues, in addition to our annual Santa Run and Motor Show.
Should you be interested in donating to the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade, please contact us by the below contact form.
The major brigade fundraiser for the year is the annual Berkshire Park Motor Show, held on the oval behind the fire station. This event serves as a fantastic opportunity for our brigade to reach out to our local community and provide an event for the area, as well as attracting large numbers of show'n'shine enthusiasts who display their cars on the day.
The Berkshire Park Motor Show is held annually on the third Sunday in August.
HOW TO JOIN THE BRIGADE
It's not just firefighting that is required to be a volunteer member of the brigade. All our members come from different occupations and are of all ages, races and sizes. The brigade will happily welcome anyone who is interested in giving back to their community by becoming a member. The levels of commitment are only set by what you can give, and the brigade has a very simple standard to remaining a member. As well as being an active firefighter, there are also roles in the NSW Rural Fire Service for communications and support personnel also.
It's a very simple process to become a member of the brigade. Simply come past the fire station whenever we're around (typically, this is every Tuesday night and selected Saturdays), and we can get the ball rolling. There is a form to be completed that must be sent to the RFS head office in Homebush and this will include a police check and interview so that we ensure that you are suitable to join the organisation.
Once you have recieved a letter confirming your application has been approved, the brigade will then start your training so that you are ready to become a full member.
Once your membership is approved, it's not just a matter of turning up and off you go to your first fire. The NSW Rural Fire Service has a comprehensive training program which includes the Basic Firefighter course, which is mandatory for all volunteers who wish to attend an incident with the brigades.
Once this qualification and your skills increase, there are then a variety of different mainstream and specailist training courses to be completed, including Village Firefighter, Advanced Firefighter, Breathing Apparatus Operator, Chainsaw qualificatoins and Crew Leader.
Our main appliance, Berkshire 1 is of the standard NSW Rural Fire Service design, and entered service with the brigade in 2014.
The appliance carries 3,500 litres of water and carries all related firefighting equipment including Breathing Apparatus for urban interface incidents
Our light appliance, Berkshire 7 has a tank capacity of 1,200 litres of water and is used both as a secondary response vehicle and also for terrain which is difficult to access by Berkshire 1
Berkshire PC is a Toyota Landcruiser, and is used to transport members and equipement to and from incidents as required.
The vehicle is also fully equipped to be utilised as a group leader vehicle for deployment with a strike team or to a large fireground.
The opinions expressed within this website do not represent the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade or the NSW Rural Fire Service.
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