The Malua Bay Brigade leadership falls into two branches which can be classified as Administrative Executive and Fire Ground Executive. These positions are filled through an election each year by the active brigade members at the Annual General Meeting which is held on the first Tuesday evening in May.
The Administrative Executive consists of the President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Fire Ground Executive consists of Brigade Captain a Senior Deputy and three Deputy Captains.
A brief bio of each of our executive is set out below.
Peter's first fire was a major grass fire at Duntroon in
1958 - fought with wet clothing items as beaters. He joined the brigade in 2007
and finds the uniforms and hoses a significant improvement over previous
Peter is a great diplomat. He keeps us all in line at
meetings so everyone gets a say and the meetings run without dithering. He sees it as a privilege to be elected as President, and is
happy to be experienced and able to make this contribution to the brigade. In
Peter's words: "It's a great brigade, a great team. I could trust all in any
Peter is also a member of EVOS.
I retired in 2006 and moved to the South Coast eventually settling in Lilli Pilli. With the bush outside our back door, joining the RFS seemed like a good idea.
While I’ve had no experience in fighting fires, I’ve had some good training and experiences since joining the Malua Bay Brigade in December 2011.
Being a bit of a handyman helps me in support works in the brigade shed and on the trucks. The best thing about the brigade is the great team we have who get in and assist where ever needed such as the Tuesday morning maintenance session.
I enjoy the challenges in this worthwhile community group.
Tracey joined the Malua Bay Brigade in 2010. She's the Regional Business Officer for the NSW Rural Fire Service Region South. After spending most of her life in Young NSW she loves coastal life, living at Malua Bay and being a member of the Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade.
Tracey has represented the brigade and the NSW RFS as an administrative support in Canada on both the east coast and west coast in last seasons major fire emergencies.
Fire Ground Executive
Ian is a retired professional
forester living in Lilli Pilli. In his
forestry career he messed with bush fire for 40 years up and down the NSW
coast. In 2012 he came to the Brigade
with experience in both small bush fires and in large campaigns, and at most
levels of fire management and suppression.
Nevertheless, he is looking
forward to learning much more from the RFS and its many experienced volunteers
in all other fire emergency areas such as village protection, structure fires
and motor vehicle accidents.
Ian joined the Brigade because
he is very conscious that in this part of the world bush fire is a constant
threat to residents and its control is heavily dependent on volunteers. He is also passionate about, and a champion
of, the value of hazard reduction burning.
Senior Deputy Captain
Dave first gained fire experience in the Navy, where he
was trained to handle fires on ships and aircraft. He was later a volunteer with
the Sanctuary Point Brigade for 9 years, attending motor vehicle accidents,
structural and bush fires. He joined the Malua Bay brigade in 2006.
Dave works diligently every week making sure our trucks
and gear are in top shape ready for the next call out.
In Dave's words: "I joined because these small country
areas rely on volunteers to look after their communities. It's in my family - my
grandfather was in the Sydney Fire Brigade from 1900, and my father and brother
have also been long-term volunteers with the RFS. I like the sense of
achievement you get from helping others in the community."
Martin takes time out of his plumbing business
to lead crews, mentor members and be an active ongoing member ready to assist whenever needed. He's been a volunteer with MBRFB for over 30 years and has held
various position including being the Captain from 2008 until 2015, He also acted as Captain during the latter part of 2015 when the brigade Captain was overseas. He is a very experienced brigade member and has been awarded "life membership" of the Brigade.
He has experienced many of the major bush fires
in that time, like the 1994 fires, and 'Section 44s' in the Deua National Park
as well as attending most of the house fires and motor vehicle accidents in his
Patrick has always keenly supported his local community and has been an RFS volunteer since joining the Rooty Hill Bush fire Brigade in 1966. After purchasing a farming property in the Bega District he joined the Brogo Bush fire Brigade in 1970 to help neighbours and local families protect their land and animals. He moved to the Riverina area, after 20 years, and joined the Pulletop Brigade near Wagga in 1990.
When he relocated to Lilli Pilli in 2010 Patrick immediately joined the Malua Bay Brigade and has been a willing supporter of activities and an attendee at incidents as often as he can. More recent examples of this commitment has seen him as a member of 'out of area' task forces to Bungendore, Wolumla and Belowra fires.
"It is important to be part of your local area and I am pleased to be involved in this way to serve and support local people as well as in times of emergency other areas" commented Patrick. He enjoys meeting interesting people volunteering in the RFS from all
walks of life and being part of a great crew.
After a career in Local Government and being involved in administrative and planning aspects of Bush Fire management it seemed like a natural progression to join the local RFB after I relocated to the area in April 2012. I have been involved with volunteer fire fighters in many towns as well as local, regional and state professionals over the years.
"I have always been a part of the communities I have lived in, it as a way to give back to those communities", Rob added.
I am fortunate to be part of an active team at Malua Bay RFB that give a valuable service not only to Malua Bay brigade area but also the wider Eurobodalla Shire area. Managing the Website and News Letter have given me an interesting challenge, one in which I can promote the broad benefits of being a member of the Malua Bay RFB along with a developed a broad data base of information to assist residents.
Updated December 2018