Group Captains are the senior volunteer rank in the NSW Rural Fire Service. Each Group Captain represents a defined group of brigades in the shire. Group Captains act as the formal conduit between the volunteers and RFS staff, also they attend major incidents, lead strike forces to other regions and oversee
the brigades in their group.
Eurobodalla Shire has three such groupings of brigades. Malua Bay is part of Group North along with Durras, Nelligen, Long Beach, Batemans Bay, Surf Beach, Mogo and Runnyford brigades.
In the past each group has elected a Group Captain and Deputy Group Captain but from 2013 an additional elected group representative position has been added and they are now known as Group North 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
The bio of our Group North representatives is shown below.
As a construction engineer and operating an earth moving business Trevor had a keen interest in the bush and community safety.He joined the Batemens Bay Bush Fire Brigade in Feb 1974. He has seen huge changes over the years with the transition to the Rural Fire Service. Most notable is the standard of equipment that we now have compared to the 1970's.
Trevor continues to be heavily involved in "on the ground" incidents. He also helped form the Surf Beach Brigade and is keen to see all brigades remain strong and well trained. He has had a long involvement with the Mogo Training Centre and as one of the dedicated band of volunteer trainers finds it very satisfy see the progress in brigade members skills.
Trevor is also the fire investigation officer for the local brigades in Eurobodalla Shire
As a Group representative he is keen to meet all brigades and their members and share information and knowledge.
Group North 2
Stan worked for Eurobodalla Shire
Council as a mechanic where he spent 20 years servicing and repairing the council
plant as well as the rural fire service trucks and equipment. He joined the Batemans Bay
Rural Fire Brigade in 1994. Stan has held the positions of Deputy Captain and
Senior Deputy Captain. He joined the Durras Rural Fire Brigade in 2001 when he
moved to Durras with his wife Judee who is the Durras Rural Fire Brigade
Captain. Stan works as a volunteer at the Eurobodalla Fire Training Centre 3
days a week and is an active member of the Eurobodalla Training Group delivering
training to Rural Fire Service volunteers on a regular basis.
Stan has lead a number of
Eurobodalla Strike Teams to various parts of the state during fire emergencies
(Section 44 Fires) and recently the Riverina Floods (Wagga Wagga) in
Jenny has lived in the the Batemans Bay area for 40 years and for 36 of those years lived at Surfbeach. She is a hairdresser by trade, has run salons in the Batemans Bay area for 20 years and is now teaching at TAFE in
She joined Surfbeach Brigade in September 1994 and since that time
have held the positions of Deputy Captain for 7 years, Senior Deputy for 3
years and Captain for 6 years.
Currently Jenny is a Senior Deputy Captain with the brigade.
Having a keen interest in RFS volunteer training she has conducted cadet training
with the Surfbeach Brigade and is actively involved in the delivery of the
training programs at the Eurobodalla Training Centre .
Holding a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Jenny is also a qualified Breathing Apparatus Operator Specialist
Instructor as well as being endorsed as a RFS Training
Coordinator. In 2007 she undertook Compartment Fire Behaviour training with
the South Australian CFS and became qualified as an instructor and assessor.
Jenny has attended and lead crews at numerous bush and structure fires at Surfbeach and assisted in a leader role at
the Bungendore fires early 2013.
Jenny says "I am new to the Group Leader role and I am keen to assist the Northern
Brigades in any way I can during fire activity, with training and any day to day
issues that may arise within the brigades."