Plumpton is one of the busiest RFS Brigades in the state of NSW.
We encounter a large variety of incident calls ranging from cats caught in trees, to large situations, such as the 2003 Canberra fires and recent Adelaide Hills fires. Our major roll in fire fighting because of our metropolitan location is structure (or urban) type incidents. These range from motor vehicle accidents, fuel spills, rubbish fires and building fires.
Because of this, and as we are utilized as a back-up to the other Blacktown Fire Services, we have become very skilled in our operational capability and our training is comprehensive. We expect our members to be so well trained that they can face anything, as we usually end up doing just that. It can be very hard and tiring, both training and fire fighting, but the rewards are definitely worth it.
Don’t be scared off as it is not all hard work and no play. Even though our training is a serious part of our RFS life, we try to make it as interesting and as fun as we can. We have a great friendship amongst our members and most of them will be there if you need them on or off the fire ground. So if you don't mind getting a little wet, dirty and being a part of a brigade with a long history of serving the Blacktown area, come and visit us and ask all the questions you wish. We will be more than happy to answer them.
Joining Plumpton Brigade
Plumpton Brigade trains every Wednesday night from 1900 (7:00pm) - 2130 (9:30pm) at our station.
If you wish to join or just check it out, come visit us. You will then have to fill out the application form if you already haven’t done so and participate in joining interview (interviews are conducted on the last Wednesday of each month). A criminal record check will also be completed. You will then receive back a letter from the RFS with your Firezone Number. This usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks. While your waiting, continue to attend training, you’ll pick things up talking to members and observing. Once you receive your firezone number take a copy of it our monthly general meeting (first Wednesday of the month at 1930hrs), and the members will vote whether to accept you as a probationary member for 6 months. After the 6 months your membership will be reviewed and once again the members will vote whether to accept you as a full member.
During these 6 months you should be able to complete, or start, your Bush Firefighter (BF) training. Once your BF training is complete you will be able to attend incident calls, which will mainly be grass and small fires to start with until you obtain more experience. When you have enough experience you can then go on to do Village Firefighter (VF) training which enables you to safety attend structure fires.
Upon completion of these 2 courses there are many other specialist courses you can complete, which will give you a wider range of tasks and responsibilities. The sky is the limit. You can even branch out into communications or catering.