Rural Fire Brigade - Presidents Report
Fellow Volunteers, Members and
Friends of the Windellama community,
It is a privilege to write as an elected member of the Windellama Rural Fire Brigade,
In the words of our new safety campaign "We know how catastrophic bushfires
can be and with one of the worst fire seasons in years predicted, we have a
range of new measures in place to help you Prepare, Act & Survive. You can
learn more just by visiting us, or check our website www.windellamarfs.com.au
The NSW Rural Fire Service is the world's largest fire service with over 70,000
volunteer members, providing emergency services to over 95 percent of NSW. The
Windellama Rural Fire Brigade members serve the community in an area covering
some 726 square kilometres, one of the larger Brigade Areas in our Zone.
With such a large area of responsibility we truly say "Welcome" to
our newer Members and to anyone who is considering volunteering. The majority
of training within the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is linked to national qualifications.
We are a Registered Training Organisation. (Our RTO Registration Number is 6970).You
can be assured of learning a wide range of valuable new skills. Regular training
is held in the afternoon of the 4th Saturday of almost every month. Everyone
in the Windellama community is invited to join in.
Thank you, to each one of our Volunteer Fire-fighters, Training personnel,
Catering officers, Equipment officers, Communications, Treasurer, Brigade Secretary
and Safety Officers, and all the other supporters and helpers, for your continued
work, commitment and sacrifice.
With our extensive grasslands, plantation forests, river canyons, rare native
bushlands, houses, schools, churches, farms, businesses and road network, our
work continues to involve tasks from attending tragic motor vehicle accidents
thru to some very technically challenging fire suppression duties, all year
round. We couldn‘t do it without you!
Our 2011 – 2015 Corporate Plan, defines the strategic direction of the
NSW Rural Fire Service and our Brigade over the next four year period. It is
based on six Key Focus Areas. I am committed to working on and guiding our Executive
team‘s planning and reporting framework to:
• Protect People, Property and the Environment
• Lead Coordinated Bush Fire Fighting and Prevention
• Enhance Community Resilience
• Value and Support our Members
• Build Organisational Capability and Sustainability
• Foster Partnerships (e.g. with other Emergency Service Agencies and
We really do need your help, participation and ongoing support if we are to
achieve these outcomes over the coming years.
Graham K Kinder