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Brigade in Focus: Barrington

Situated in Division 3 and located in the Mid Coast District, Barrington Bush Fire Brigade ‘evolved’ into being (with little formality) soon after WWII. 

As with most farming communities in these early years, in the event of a fire the captain would ring neighbouring properties that, in turn, would ring more neighbours asking for volunteers.  Most of those called were keen to help and went into action armed only with hessian bags, a green tree branch and whatever water they could carry.

In the early 1970’s the brigade was issued with a tanker trailer equipped with McLeod tools and knapsack sprays and it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that a 30 year old International fire truck was given to the station.  

This equipment was stored on private property (whilst extra knapsacks were kept in the Barrington General Store) until the original, single bay station was built on the land next to the Barrington Hall in the 1990’s.

Around this time, brigade members restored an old Toyota Landcruiser to create their own ‘Striker’ vehicle.  Gloucester Lions Club made a large financial contribution towards restoring the vehicle while several other local businesses generously supported the project.

Today, Barrington Brigade has had a two bay addition built on the front of the original brick station which houses its current vehicles.  These vehicles include a (CABA equipped) CAT 1 and a CAT 9.   The older section of the station is used as a meeting/training room and has been updated to now include a kitchen and separate office.  This was made possible through various funding and grant schemes, Gloucester Shire Council funds, community donations and hard work by the brigade’s members and supporters.

The brigade has twenty current members (three on the reserve list) and range in age from 16 to over 60.  Five members, each with 30/40 years service, have been recognised for their dedication to the brigade with life membership while others have been awarded long service medals.  The brigade also boasts three members with National Service medals.

Along with a good reputation for reliably attending local incidents, Barrington Brigade members have participated in ‘out of area’ incidents in Sydney, Glenn Innes, Kempsey and Hay.

Active within the local community, members have participated in events such as the Gloucester Show (as safety back-up for the demolition derby/fireworks), the annual tri-challenge, school visits, community engagement activities and hosting BBQ’s at the Barrington Community Markets .    

These activities were put in jeopardy due to aging (non-issue) equipment however recent success in the 2014 RFSA Grant Scheme has gone towards new replacements.  

This was a great morale boost for the brigade, whose members pride themselves on not only having the right equipment to ‘do the job’, put also having a station and equipment that is professional and reliable.

Barrington Brigade looks to the future with confidence, pleased with growing numbers, current member expertise and facilities and support enjoyed from the service and community.

Barrington Rural Fire Brigade meets monthly on a Thursday night.

Brigade Snapshot

Brigade: Barrington
District/Team/Zone: Mid Coast District