Through Community Engagement, Plumpton Rural Fire Brigade aims to develop and/or improve the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors of the wider community regarding fires. Our focus is to educate the general public in the prevention, control, suppression and mitigation of bush and urban fires. Our ideal outcome is a community that is well aware of the hazards of fire and is well prepared for its threat.

To achieve the Community Engagement aims we use programs and training packages developed by the NSWRFS. These programs are designed to be delivered by volunteers and district/zone staff.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service also produces resources to assist in the delivery of these programs. A range of publications for teachers, adults, children and the general community are available from the publications page of the
NSWRFS website.

The brigade also works with local community groups and schools to develop programs to suit their local needs.

How We Do It?

Firewise is the over-riding header for fire education programs and the term is promoted in such a way that the community will automatically think of fire safety when they see or hear it. Variations of "Firewise" include Bush Firewise, Farm Firewise and ‘Community Firewise Groups'. Community Firewise Groups include:

  • The Cadet Brigade Program: a coordinated series of school and community based programs specially targeted at youth between the ages of 12 and 16 years. Please contact the Cumberland Fire Control Office for more details on the Cadet Brigade program.
  • Community Group programs: Plumpton Rural Fire Brigade works with local community groups to develop Fire Safety / Awareness programs to suit their local needs.
  • Scouts Australia Fire Awareness: Plumpton Rural Fire Brigade has developed a Fire Awareness Presentation for Scouts Australia based on the requirements for the Scouts Fire Awareness Badge. This program is delivered over approximately 2 hours at Plumpton Rural Fire Station to Scout groups in the Blacktown district.
  • Schools Program: The RFS has worked closely with the NSW Board of Studies and Department of Education and Training to produce a range of educational materials and resources to compliment the NSW Board of Studies curriculum taught in schools across NSW. Plumpton Rural Fire Brigade is regularly invited to visit schools to talk to students about Fire Awareness and Fire Safety.

Contact us via the
contact page of our website if you are interested in inviting the brigade to speak with your community group about Fire Awareness / Fire Safety.