Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade is an I-Zone class Brigade primarily dealing with vegetation fire or wildfire/bushfire as many would know it. An I-Zone Brigade is one that deals with an urban interface environment, where the wild bushland meets urban settlement and Tamborine Mountain has plenty of this “urban interface” being a developed plateau surrounded by steep forested slopes.
The initial brigade was formed in 1968 due to increasing bushfires on the flanks of the mountain. Ever since then the brigade has been actively involved in the suppression of vegetation fire, hazard reduction burns, permitted burns, community education, severe weather events, training, assisting large scale fires at shire, state and national levels. We also often assist our brothers in red, the Tamborine Mountain Auxiliary Brigade who are on the same joint facility site. We supply them with additional water as there is no reticulated supply on Tamborine Mountain, but we also help where needed, be it chainsaw work or traffic control.
Funding for all our operational needs such as fuel, tyres, phone communication, extra safety equipment etc. comes from the Scenic Rim Regional Council in the form or a rural fire levy, which rural landholders contribute to in their rates. Further brigade capital needs are funded by the very supportive local community via fundraisers, raffles, events and donations. The State Government now supplies Appliances as needed, items such as Personal Protective Equipment for each member and subsidizes new Stations where a need is established.
Even though we are a volunteer run brigade, we take an enormous amount of pride in being a cohesive, highly trained and professional team. We are always striving to be a progressive brigade and continually improving so we can help our great community of Tamborine Mountain. If you would like any more information, please feel free to continue looking through our website or contact us for any question you may have. We train at our Station 124 Main Western Road, Mt. Tamborine on Tuesday nights from 7pm and you’re more than welcome to come down and say hello.