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Brigade in Focus: Dondingalong/Sherwood

Dondingalong Bush Fire Brigade (BFB) was officially founded in August 1981but a brigade has, in fact, existed in the area since 1942.

This is evidenced by the Primary Producers Union, Dondingalong Branch, forming a bush fire brigade in the December of that year.  Today’s brigade is fortunate to still have a historical record of the minutes from this inaugural meeting. 

Situated in Division 2, the brigade is a member of the Rural Fire Service Lower North Coast Zone and is located 15kms South-West of Kempsey.

It has 70 members of which 30 are active firefighters.   Three members have been with the brigade since its establishment and, with over thirty years service, have been recognized for their dedication with long service awards.

Originally, Dondingalong was part of the then Sherwood Bush Fire Brigade area and when this was closed it became Dondingalong BFB.

The station itself is a 2 bay tin shed and it is located in the Kalateenee Recreational Reserve.  The old Sherwood shed has been relocated to Wittitrin where is used as a second station.

Both stations are owned by the local Council but are maintained by a volunteer committee with Dondingalong station sitting on 2.5 acres of park and bush setting.  Brigade equipment includes a Cat 2 and Cat 9 at Dondingalong and a Cat 7 at Wittitrin. 

The Dondingalong Multi-Purpose Centre is also located on the reserve and this is utilized for meetings, training and social activities.

Members regularly participate in local open, field and fun days to raise awareness in the community as well as using the opportunity to meet and work with other local brigades in a social atmosphere rather than just on the fire scene.

Members are proud of the combined effort that has gone into fitting out the sheds to meet the needs of a bush fire brigade.  This has been achieved through a mixture of fund raising, grant applications and a willing member work force.  RFSA grants have, over the years, contributed by supplying a laptop computer, projector, water tank, GPS units, radios and a shade shelter for training. 


Brigade Snapshot

Brigade: Dondingalong/Sherwood
Founded: 1981
District/Team/Zone: Lower North Coast Team