History of the Brigade
The Marulan Volunteer Bushfire Brigade (or Rural Fire Service
as it's often called) located in the Mulwaree Shire Council,
was formed in 1946. Its
founding members were Eddie Murphy, who was the first Captain,
Mark Faviall, John Thompson and Ron Brewer, who remained an active
member of the Brigade until 2003 and was the first Secretary, then held
the position of Captain for a number of years.
The first equipment issued to the Brigade was two hand
pumps, a 60 gallon tank, as well as knapsacks and rakes. The
first fire fighting vehicle was obtained in the late 1950's. In
1972 Marulan was given its first funded new vehicle, a Land Rover
which is still in use today.
The next funded vehicle received by Marulan Brigade was
a Bedford in 1978, which continued active use in the Brigade
until 1997, when we were issued with our present tanker
a Cat One Isuzu. The Bedford is still in use at
Tallong Rural Fire Brigade as its main fire fighting
The first brigade owned vehicles were purchased in
1987, which were two 4 x 4 Accos and a 6 x 6 Acco. Money raised
to purchase these vehicles came from fund raising drives and
donations. In 1996 the Brigade was issued with another
Bedford, funded by the NSW Rural Fire Service. It's still in
1997 saw the Brigade embarking upon an upgrade of its
vehicles, which culminated in the sale of the Accos and the
purchase of a late model, dual cab Isuzu truck and a late
model Nissan Navara, dual cab ute. We're still looking
for a late model Cat 7 or Cat 9 tanker, to complete our fleet
of fire fighting vehicles.
Through fund raising efforts of the community, generous donations
and a lot of hard work, the Marulan Fire Shed was built in
1987.In 1995 the extension to the fire shed was
completed. This extension was included our meeting room and
amenities block. The Rural Fire Service purchased the Marulan
Fire Shed in 1997 and built a small single bay shed at Marulan
Marulan Rural Fire Service not only responds to rural fires, but also attends structure
fires of dwellings and out buildings. The Brigade attends
other emergencies such as motor vehicle accidents on the Hume
Highway and on the district's country roads.
Regular support of other emergency services is required by the Brigade
on a regular basis, such as the NSW Ambulance Service, Police and the
State Emergency Services with traffic control and tasks such as assisting
with fallen trees and power lines.
Our Brigade is constantly planning Hazard Reduction throughout
the whole year, not just during the lead up to the warmer months.
Marlan Brigade has developed a Village Protection Plan for Marulan
township in the event of a serious bushfire threat.
Marulan Rural Fire Brigade attends at least 60 calls a year,
which is commendable for a voluntary rural fire
The Marulan Brigade runs many fund raisers each year with great community
support. These include the now famous Christmas Eve Lolly
Run when Santa Claus visits Marulan Preschool, arriving on a fire
fund-raisers include BBQ refreshments at various events throughout the
year, including the Marulan Heritage Fair and Australia Day celebrations.
The Brigade also runs a Public Awareness Program in conjunction
with Marulan Preschool and Marulan Public School.
Marulan RFB has 6 fire-fighting vehicles available to be used in the
event of fire. They consist of: 3 x Cat 1's which are 4 wheel drive
/ large vehicles, 2 of which are owned by Rural Fire Services and 1
owned by Marulan Fire Brigade through generous community donations.
Marulan Brigade also has: 3 small Cat 9's, 1 is funded by Rural Fire
Services and 2 owned by Marulan RFB through generous community
donations. Marulan Brigade is currently updating these vehicles.
The Marulan Brigade meets once a week on a Tuesday evening
at 7.30pm at the Fire Shed on the corner of Goulburn
Street and Portland Avenue. Everyone is
Marulan Rural Fire Brigade (at the fire shed)
Phone: 02 4841 1555
or email us anytime!
For information regarding fire permits or general information about the
Marulan RFB, please phone
Michelle Macklyn Information Officer
at Oaks Hardware on 02 4841 1929
For any other information, you can contact...
Warren Denniss Secretary
Postal address: 20 Patrick Place, Marulan, N.S.W 2579
Phone: 0417 454 653
For Emergencies.... Always dial
AND... Dial 112 from Mobile Phones