Brigade currently has six operational units including two 2006 Izuzu
Medium Appliances called RV51 and RV52, one 2000 4x4 Nissan Patrol Light
Appliance called RV41,one 2006 Nissan Navara Dualcab Utility for Pathfinder,
Incident Command & other operational duties called RV81, an Incident
Support Unit Trailer (ISU) and a 1999 Slip-On Unit called RV25.
main appliances are the two medium attack 4X4 Izuzu Trucks designated
units RV51 & RV52 which have a capacity of 2000 litres of water
each. RV52 has undergone a retrofit with a high pressure pump and 12mm
hose delivery system being trialled by QFRS.
2000 model 4x4 Nissan Patrol carries 650 litres of water and is known
as a light attack vehicle which is now designated unit RV41 (Previously
2006 Dualcab Nissan Navara mobile fire command vehicle which was initially
designated Unit 21, then Unit 91 and now Unit 81. These changes were
a result of the RFS changing it's naming policy for support vehicles.
It was purchased by the Brigade initially as a trial vehicle approved
by the Rural Fire Service to be used primarily for the role of Command
and Control at incidences (especially I-zone areas). The unit was to
be used as an additional resource on the fireground and will decrease
the need to have a fire unit as a Command / Control unit, taking it
away from fireground duties. The Dualcab unit is capable of having a
slip-on unit on it if required for fireground duties or it can tow the
new Incident Support Unit (ISU) trailer. The Dualcab unit is fitted
out with both VHF and UHF radios and can support the set-up of a roadside
Incident Management Team (I.M.T.).
late 2008, the Brigade was donated a trailer unit which when fully set-up
will act as a mobile IMT appliance to be towed around with Unit RV81.
This will free up the the unit to enable it to be a broader support
appliance as well as fire ground recon vehicle as part of the newly
formed Pathfinder role.
vehicles have been identified and will be added to the existing units
when enough funds are obtained. All units are based at the Ripley
Valley RFB Station. The First and some other Officers have two
way radios in their private vehicles for communication and quick response
to incidences. The Brigade uses alphanumeric pagers as its primary
source of notification of fires and other incidences.
evaluated by the Brigade but were found inadequate include certain brands
of ride on mower and also golf carts.