In early March 2016 a joint training exercise in the collar tank deployment was conducted with the State Emergency Service. In the event of a major fire, the role of the SES is to collect the collar tank from the fire station, setup the equipment at the Tamborine Mountain Sports Ground, man the tank during the entire fire operation then pack up and return the equipment to the fire station.
About now you are probably wondering what a collar tank is, the basic explanation is a large tank for the refilling of fire-fighting helicopters; the helicopter hovers over the collar tank and sucks the water up into it’s tank, this water is then dropped onto the fire.
The vital role of the SES is to clear away any debris and sports ground equipment on the southern oval, place the tank in the middle of the oval, run a large hose up to the underground tanks just near the southern side of the clubhouse, about 150 meters, then using a pump called Big Bertha and a suction hose, water is pumped out to the collar tank.
The collar tank itself is self inflating, which means as water is pumped into the collar tank the sides raise , once the collar tank is full it stands a bit over 5ft 1.5m tall, holds about 9000 liters and from a distance the shape of the collar tank may look like an onion.
The rural fire brigade has a close working relationship with the Tamborine Mountain & Beaudesert SES brigades.