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. Our first
high tech fire fighting appliances were a little different to those
came the Mitsubishi Canter in 1996 which served as the brigade's first
in 2000 we received a Nissan Patrol, our current light attack appliance.
Unit 6, it has now been designated Unit RV41.
early 2006, the brigade commenced trialing a dual cab Nissan Navara
(Unit 21) as a mobile command vehicle , personnel mover and optional
slip-on vehicle. For a short time it was Unit RV91 but it is now known
as Unit RV81.
the latter part of 2006, the brigade received a replacement for the
Canter (Unit RV51) as well as an additional Medium Appliance, designated
Unit RV52. Both units are Izuzu 4x4 trucks with a 2000 litre water
first station was also not the most sophisticated.
Officer Jim Runham and his daughter Rebecca realise the dream of a station
is now becoming a reality with the fixing of the objection notice on
the fence at Lot 9 Ripley Rd Ripley, Thursday 27th September 2001
members gather to celebrate the new beginning for the Fire Station.
Miles Stanley and members with Councilor Denise Hanly attend the Land
Dedication Service on 3rd November 2001
Denise Hanly receives encouragement to continue digging when she turned
the soil at the Land Dedication Service on 3rd November 2001
6 and Unit 7 line up with visitor "Big Red" a restored Classic
Urban Unit owned by Brian Gillece.
Station parking where the shed will be built.
block is cut and the rain came down
slab finally goes down
we have walls.
flag pole and some landscaping.
staion finished to Stage One.
Minister for Emergency Services in 2006, the Hon. Pat Purcell visited
the station for the hand-over of the keys to the new Unit 51. The old
shed has come a long way and the changes to come are as exciting as
the future for Ripley Valley itself.
Two - Building in the Operations and Kitchen Area.
mezzanine floor framework going up with JB the dodgy Radio tech at work.
new Ops room is now lined and the first coat of paint down.
kitchen is also lined now, we won't know it soon!
Official Opening occured at the 2008 AGM.
Rothwell, Deputy Commissioner RFS officially opened the extentions with
a thank you to Powerlink who made the work possible with their community
Three - A New meeting/training Room and Maintenance Area plus a carpark
extension to fit it all in.
300 cubic metres of fill was brought in, spread out and then compacted
over many weeks to extend the carpark.
pad for the new room was laid in September 2010.
Morris was the project coordinator for the new room and spent many
hours keeping an eye on the construction.
put the frame up in only a few days.
over the next few months; the extension was lined and painted. Another
team under Matt Mulroney's coordination installed all of the security
and IT hardware to the room to make it a state of the art training
and meeting room.
new training and multi-use room seats around 40 people theatre style
and enables the use of movies and other training presentations to
assist members learn in a better environment than the open bays
of the station as we used previously. The Brigade would like to
thank Boral for donating the concrete and gyprock used in the construction
of the room.
over 200 cubic metres of chitters was then brought in to finish
the carpark extension which was donated by Thiess Enterprises as
the surface material and was graded to surveyed heights, then rolled
to the desired finished levels.
a new fence across the front of the station and carpark finished,
Steve Phillips, coordinator of the carpark project could finally
the station we have a new Memorial Stone thanks to Daniel Feeney
who created it by hand in his spare time.
extension also included a new maintenance area at the back and a
shipping container was brought in to store our flammable liquids
as well as to generally free up space in the station proper completing
the station looks today.
Brigade celebrated it's 15th birthday in December 2010 and celebrated
a year full of changes at the station. Joanne Miller MP joined members,
families and friends for the birthday celebration and naming of
the two new rooms.
new room has been named 'The Bora Room' in recognition of the original
inhabitants of the area currently serviced by the Brigade.
as a surprise recognition to Dave Morris' outstanding service to
the Brigade over many years, the new maintenance area was named
members have changed over the years but a core of the originals still
remain. The Brigade is like a family and remains special to all of
those who have been part of the team.