NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District has proudly presented a multi-purpose truck to the volunteers of the District Support Brigade, call sign “Support17 Charlie”. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Support Rural Fire Brigade was established in 2008 and operates from its purpose built Station in the grounds of the District Fire Control Centre at Cowan.

The Support Brigade assists front-line RFS Brigades and the District with transport and logistics and operates the fire spotting towers at Cowan and Galston. During the recent local storm recovery, members from the Support Brigade played a vital role with the delivery of equipment and materials and undertook logistical support roles. On Saturday, 16 March 2019 the Support Brigade received into service 17 Charlie being a purpose-built Isuzu Category 17 Fire Services Support Vehicle. 17 Charlie can carry 5 crew members in addition to the driver and has been fitted with a heavy-duty tray and tail lift that enables the delivery of the larger and bulkier goods used by the RFS.

In presenting the keys Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District Manager Superintendent Mark Sugden said, “The Support Brigade is going from strength to strength with its enthusiastic, capable team of volunteers and the addition of 17 Charlie will greatly increase their capabilities”. In his acceptance of the vehicle Captain of Support Brigade, Ben De Leon proudly announced 17 Charlie is a very welcome fleet addition that vastly increases the capability of the Support Brigade. Captain De Leon said “17 Charlie will enable us to effectively deliver our services to the community and front line fire fighters from the local Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District and across New South Wales”.

For more information contact the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai District 9883 2000 For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au