Training FireBoat crews, and building healthy competition!

The Berowra Waters Rural Fire Brigade, with support from the RFSA, recently hosted the 2019 Combined Districts FireBoat Exercise on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.

This exercise allows NSW RFS boat crews to practice and build capability in large-scale scenarios. When life and property is at risk, crews rely on their training to work effectively with fire and rescue boats from other agencies.

The annual event is the largest gathering of FireBoats in the southern hemisphere and this year featured nine competing boats, including representatives from


Rescue NSW and NSW Maritime.Boats competed in round-robin activities that simulate what could be encountered at live callouts.

After a day of healthy competition, Wisemans Ferry Brigade took first place, with Berowra Waters Alpha second and Scotland Island Brigade coming third.
Event Co-ordinator Dave Kissick from Berowra Waters RFB said the day was well received by attendees, who appreciate the value of the training exercise.

Events like this can take place thanks to the funds we raise through our raffles. Your support for RFSA helps us train and provide support for the people who put themselves at risk to help others.