About Basket Range Brigade

The Basket Range CFS is located under the Basket Range Hall, on Burdetts Rd. We have a vehicle bay with two trucks, and a radio room / meeting room / kitchen area.

Membership

We have an active membership of around 24 male and female members, ranging in age from 17 to 67. All of the members are volunteers.

All members are initially trained in basic bush firefighting skills. Members then undergo further training which may include Structural Firefighting, Road Accidents, Hazardous Materials, Chainsaw Safety, Leadership, Incident Management, Driver Training, First Aid, Gas and Fuel fires and more.

Protective Clothing, helmets, boots and gloves are provided at no charge to members.

The Brigade currently accepts members from the age of 14 years.

How we can help you

The Basket Range CFS is a group of men and women from the local community, who are trained to assist in a variety of emergencies, from bushfires, building fires, trees across roads, chemical spills to road crashes.

We can also assist with information on fire prevention and preparing your property for the coming fire season.

Time commitment

The Brigade trains every Monday night from 7.30 pm for two hours.

Members are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year.It is expected that members will respond to the Station when the alarm sounds, if they are in a position to do so. However, if members are unable to leave work, are looking after the kids or have an important assignment to finish etc, they do not have to attend. It is up to the individual to decide whether or not they can attend.

On average, the Brigade attends around 40 call outs a year – which can take anywhere from from 30 minutes to 12 hours each to complete.
Station siren

The Basket Range CFS uses a siren and individual pagers issued to each member to advise of an incident. The Siren and pagers (known as a call out system) are tested each Monday night, between 7.30 p.m. and 8.00 pm.

The Basket Range CFS will always sound the siren for any report of a rural fire in the area during the fire danger season – regardless of the time of day. The siren acts as an early warning signal for the community. It does not necessarily mean the fire is out of control – but it could have the potential to do so. Should residents hear the siren during the fire danger season, go outside and look for signs of smoke.

The siren may also be sounded for other incidents – in particular for reports of building fires, or road crashes, where the situation is unknown, and crew are required urgently.