This year the Brigade will
take delivery of a twin cab 4WD Cat 9 Land Rover!
This vehicle is being funded by combined revenue from
the Tallong Brigade and the shire council.
hoping the new restructure of the Council, which now
places us under the umbrella of Greater Argyle, doesn't slow
the process down, since we've been waiting for any new
vehicle for decades!
Tallong Trail Ride
The Tallong Trail
Ride will be held on the weekend of the 24th
and 25th April 2004. You can register online by
clicking the link above! Further details will be
posted as they come to hand.
Our rapid response vehicle is also equipped with
fire fighting and first aid equipment, since it's usually the
pilot Tallong RFB vehicle at a fire scene.
of the Tallong Rural Fire Service
Formed around 1936, the Tallong Rural Fire
Brigade (or Rural Fire Service) had
modest beginnings with a Captain and 15 dedicated members.
Privately owned equipment was used to fight fires, comprising
mainly of gardening tools such as rakes and shovels. About
1945, the Brigade was allowed to use a privately owned, late
model truck, fitted with tanks and pumps at short notice....but
against a large fire, the truck was rather inadequate.
Tallong was moved from Wingecarribee Shire to
Mulwaree Shire in 1950, which was good news for the Brigade,
because Mulwaree Shire gave them two extra tanks and some new
After (it's always after) the Chatsbury Fire
of 1965, Mulwaree Shire handed over a whole heap of equipment
to our brave Brigade.
Lots of new tanks, knapsack sprays, four new
pumps and other tools, were to equip the Tallong Brigade for
future blazes. Unfortunately Tallong had no fire shed to store
all this new equipment in, so it was scattered around to farms in
the area to be held until needed for fire
It was only scattered around for eight years or
so, because, in 1974 Mulwaree Shire Council gave the Tallong
Rural Brigade its first Fire
The Council smiled on Tallong that year, because they also gave
our fearless Brigade its first official Fire Truck...an
ex-army Studebaker. The previous truck, which must have been
either privately owned, donated or bought by the Brigade
themselves was a Chevy Mapleleaf, and is currently sitting in a
paddock somewhere in Tallong and is owned by a local
The Brigade is currently trying to piece
together its past, and is interested to hear any history attached
to the vehicle (and indeed the Brigade itself), since there's
pretty well no documentation about the Brigade's
Now, back to the shed....The Fire Shed
construction dragged out until 1981, and was finally finished by
the Brigade members. It underwent some extensions in the late
1980's, but was replaced in 1999 by a huge and beautiful shed
right next door to the Memorial Park...very
The Brigade survives by raising most
of its operating funds from donations and local fundraising, with
the Tallong Trail Ride
being the biggest event held during the year. Some funds are provided as subsidies from the Shire
Council, but the bulk of funds to keep the Brigade operational
are still raised by the Brigade itself.
OUR CURRENT VEHICLES...
It's no good denying it, they're all ancient!
The picture to the right is our main fire fighting tanker and was
pressed into service with Tallong RFB when the Rural Fire Service
upgraded Marulan RFB's fleet. Yes, that's right, we were given Marulan's
tanker...inadequate for their needs but in 2004, still thought to
be adequate for ours!
And so, our CAT 1 1980 Bedford 4WD, petrol
tanker holds 3,600 litres of water, but can boast being housed in the
best fire shed for miles!
rest of our fleet is made up of a CAT 7 1985 Bedford 2WD Petrol V8, and
our Rapid Response Vehicle which is a CAT 9 1990 Toyota Hilux 4WD
diesel Crew Cab
OUR FIRE SHED...
In recent years our new, huge and "beautiful" fire shed
was constructed to replace the original. The Brigade has been
holding working bees to make the interior more functional (and
aesthetically pleasing!). Through rummaging around and donations,
the shed is now fitted out with all the mod cons, including a
The "Grand Opening" of our new shed was
held late in 2002. Many awards for long service were presented to
members of Rural Fire Brigades in the Mulwaree area, with some
awards for 30, 40 and 50 years service to
the Rural Fire Brigade! Keys were also presented to those
Brigades who were lucky enough to be given tanker upgrades, and
were cheered with envy by the Tallong community!
Regular meetings are held weekly on Tuesday
evenings, which includes time allocated for vehicle
maintenance and preparatory stocking and checking of equipment to
ensure the Brigade is ready for the next fire call. Brigade
members now carry pagers where ever they go, a great innovation
to improve response times!
Two fire calls were made at the end of last
Winter, and can be read in the on line version of Southern Highland
Our Tallong Rural Fire Brigade site is
continually being updated, so make sure you drop back and visit
Do something worthwhile....
Join Today !
Weekly meetings are held on
Tuesdays at 7.30pm
at Tallong RFB Shed in Memorial Avenue,
Contact for the Tallong Rural Fire Service:
Captain Kevin Roberts
On 0418 221019 or at The Fire Shed on 02 48410048
Or you can email us any