1878, 776 Ripley Rd, Ripley Qld 4306
Protecting the Communities of Springfield, Redbank Plains South, Swanbank,
Ripley Valley, Ripley, Ripley South, White Rock, Spring Mountain, Goolman,
Deebing Creek, The Grampions, Purga and parts of Amberley.
To view the map of our Brigades area of responsibility, please Click
The Brigade has a current membership of approximately 50 members. The
fact that many of our members are actually from outside the Brigades
designated area, shows the willingness of these people to help protect
other communities on a voluntary basis. The Brigade is constantly seeking
more members. To join, please Click Here
to read more or contact the Secretary at email@example.com.
Any new members are made welcome and receive a kit of relevant literature
to tell them about rural fire fighting.
The Ripley Valley Rural Fire Brigade was formed in February 1995 after
the November 1994 bushfires which occurred in South East Queensland.
The founding committee consisted of local landowners who had some previous
experience in fighting bushfires in the Ripley Valley area. The Brigade
is one of the nine (9) Brigades that form the Ipswich Group. The Ipswich
Group is one of the seven (7) Groups in Southeast Queensland (Ipswich
District). All Brigades and Groups are part of the Rural Fire Service
(R.F.S.), which is a division of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
The Brigade has steadily grown over the years and in previous years,
members have generally contributed around 9000 voluntary hours each
year in support of the community performing various Operational, Training,
Community Awareness, and Administrative activities. The following data
illustrates the Brigade's recent activity levels over the past few year
with historical data available via Clicking
The Brigade area is approximately 160 square kilometres and borders
on the south east of Ipswich City which is covered by the Urban Division
of the Q.F.R.S. The area extends from Amberley Air Force Base at Amberley
to the Springfield Land Development at Springfield and extends south
to Spring Mountain and across to Ipswich-Boonah Road approximately half
way between Ipswich and Peak Crossing. The Brigade area has been earmarked
for a major new city like infrastructure, planned as part of the growing
population in the South East corner, with a major residential and commercial
area proposed. The Brigade classification in relation to the risks in
its area is an I-Zone Brigade. The Brigade has developed an information
kit, which is given to each new resident within the Brigades area, to
assist him or her with Fire Management considerations.
Brigade receives formal funding from a fire levy, which is paid by landowners
on their rates notice to the Local Council, and then passed on to the
Ipswich Group to distribute to Brigades. The majority of funds required
are obtained via numerous fundraising activities during the year. These
efforts to raise money for the Brigade in the form of Donations and
Sponsorship, are essential to supplement Operational, R & D Projects
and Equipment costs, and reflect the generosity of the people and businesses
in the Ipswich region.
Brigade has developed a Strategic Plan, which lists the Objectives,
Strategies and Action Plans, which will give the Brigade direction to
achieve its Vision and Goals into the future. The Brigade plan supports
the Corporate Plan, which has been developed for the Q.F.R.S.
Rural Fire Service has come a long way in the last few years in relation
to Equipment, Training and Funding available, and realise that there
is still a long way to go to achieve the desired level of satisfaction
to meet the needs of Brigades. The future for the Brigade looks exciting
with the following planned: Research and Development of new Equipment,
additional Sponsors, an updated Technical Library, a Driver Training
Manual, a Brigade Procedures Manual, an updated Brigade Fire Management
Plan and increased interaction with the Community through the Volunteer
Community Educator (VCE) network.
INITIATIVES AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
the hard work of the Members and the Management Committees the Brigade
has already achieved the following: Sponsorship, “Sharepoint “ member
site, Brigade Website, Technical Library, High Pressure Pump Systems,
Emergency Procedures Plan and Documentation, Brigade Letterhead and
Symbol, Brigade Station Workwear, a Brigade Standard Operating Procedures
Manual, a Brigade Strategic Plan, Training Program and member Competency
Matrix, Yearly Planner, Brigade Incident Statistics and Fire Maps, Official
Brigade Newsletter and a Brigade Fire Management Plan.
Ripley Valley Rural Fire Brigade members are committed to their role
in supporting Fire Prevention and Fire Awareness activities. Members
are involved with the community and have assisted the local Rotary Clubs
with the installation of Smoke Alarms in Ipswich, conducted Fire Awareness
sessions at local schools and pre-schools and manned displays at local
shows, events and other public relations activities. Regular twice monthly
Training sessions are conducted and Controlled Burn-offs are done for
Landowners for the purposes of Hazard Reduction. The Brigade is looking
forward to the challenges that lie ahead, and is ever looking to provide
the best Voluntary Service for the local communities it serves and is
asked to protect.
are fortunate to have CS Energy sponsor both the Nissan Patrol, Isuzu
and a Slip-on unit, and The Rotary Club of Booval who have sponsored
other appliances. We also acknowledge the following Supporters who have
made a significant ongoing contribution to the Brigade: The Ipswich
City Council, Bunnings – Booval, Goodna RSL, Boral Concrete, Boral Plasterboard,
Amcor, South East Queensland Regional Landfill and Energex, A full list
of our community supporters can be found by Clicking
Brigade is always looking for person/s who would consider sponsoring
our vehicles and equipment, and any person/s should contact the Secretary
at the following postal address or E-mail address.
Box 4106 Raceview Qld 4306
Brigade has designed its own Symbol and Motto. It shows the values,
which we consider, are most important for the Brigade to be efficient
and effective in achieving the best for its communities.
Our Motto "Leading through Action!"
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