Thursday, 27 September 2012

Very High Fire Danger Friday

Very High Fire Danger posted for Friday 28th. All permits suspended from midnight Thursday for 24 hours

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Brigade Open Day 2012

This year's Open Day was a combined event with our neighbouring Laguna brigade; breakfast at Bucketty station followed by lunch at Laguna station. The turn-out by members and public was very encouraging and the Community Engagement crews from both Brigades are to be congratulated for doing a most excellent job of the planning, organising and presentation for the event. Much thanks to all who worked to make this day go off so well and to all those who came along to support and join in.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Burning commences....

Wollombi West HR - Construction of safety refuges on the ridge top

Wollombi West HR

Bucketty 9 joins Wollombi & Neath crews at a night burn starting off their West HR tonight

Monday, 17 September 2012

Blessing of the Fleet 2012

A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who made yesterday's Blessing of the Fleet such a special day in our Brigade calendar; from the amazingly prepared lunches and afternoon teas, to the thoughtful and inspiring service; all the organising of the day, the hard work put into painting the station and preparing the grounds and the solid turn-out by  the Brigades in our Group 8. It was lovely to catch up with our fellow brothers and sisters off the fireground in the peaceful serene surroundings of this beautiful area we live in; we truly are blessed indeed.

Wishing you and your families a safe and quiet Summer; thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the Brigade and your Community.

Bucketty Captain

Friday, 14 September 2012

Friday night out firefighting

Bucketty 1 & 9 responded to bush alight on Settlers Rd this evening with a second fire called in en-route. Crews worked quickly and efficiently to knock both down and all home safe. Great work folks and thanks to Laguna for being there in support and to the vigilant community members for making the triple zero calls

Training and Blessing of the Fleet this Sunday

Training on this Sunday 1000-1300 [vehicle orienteering, stage tasks and intensive comms work by special request :) ] followed by our Annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony with the brothers and sisters from our neighbouring brigades and NPWS firefighters.

Fires permitting of course :)

Clarification on Blog Updates

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Very High Fire Danger has been posted by the Bureau of Meteorology for Thursday; all permits are temporarily suspended for 24 hours from midnight tonight.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Early morning call...

0600 firecall to grass fire on Gt North Rd. Bucketty 9 completed recce along Gt North Rd and George Downes Drive whilst Bucketty 1 stayed at station. Nothing found although a call to the 000 caller pointed to still active fire along the road edge bordering Gosford's dam catchment HR. Grateful to the community and the caller for their vigilance and to the crews that responded in the early morning.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Day trippers to Hawkesbury....

Another busy day out, today Bucketty 1 and Bucketty 9 crews responded to bushfire approx 7km down Settlers Road. On arrival we found a going fire contained on 2 sides by the road and track beyond and uncontained front running into the bush and steep country beyond. As it was in Yengo National Park we requested additional assistance from NPWS who arrived swiftly and in prudent time followed by 2 units from St Albans Brigade.
A lot of hand tool work put in containment lines down into the valley along 2 sides to stop the fire running along the valley sides but up on the top of the cliff sudden wind changes had crews working vigorously just to keep things on the one side of the track as the fire jumped containments and made their job that much harder. They did excellent work keeping things in order until the sounds of heavy rotors signaled the arrival of air support dropping in water to calm things down enough to give the foot crews the opportunity to get everything contained.

By 1500 we were pretty much all contained and Brigades standing down as NPWS continued to manage final black out and mopping up.

A hard days work but an excellent result and wonderful to work across Zones with neighbouring Brigades and our friends and fellow firefighters in NPWS. ( and thanks to Jerry's Kitchen courtesy of NPWS for the great lunch )

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Sunday Evening Update

Gosford RFS Mangrove Dam Catchment HR continues to burn and at times is sending large wide columns of black and brown smoke into the skies over our district, clearly visible above the ridgetops. They will continue working in that area tonight and tomorrow, with the possibility of helicopters working on observation and incendiary ignitions on Monday.

Earlier this afternoon Bucketty 1, Bucketty 9 and Laguna 7 responded to a triple-zero call from the Murray's run area of flame and smoke sighted over the ridge-tops. No fire was sighted though it was a good opportunity for a local patrol and fly the flag in the area again. Thanks to the excellent and rapid turn out; full crews responded for each vehicle which was just excellent. Thanks Crews for your valuable time and efforts this afternoon and thanks to the Community for keeping vigilant through this weekend.

Sunday HR Update

Gosford RFS continues to burn in Mangrove Dam Catchment with winds blowing a lot of smoke Easterly across Bucketty and Murray's Run. Wyong HR at Yorkie Waters is still ongoing also. In an emergency call 000.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

HR Update Saturday 1700

Bucketty Brigade decided to cancel their Sternbeck HR this morning due to the unsuitable weather conditions and the increased fire activity in both the Mangrove Dam HR by Gosford RFS and the Yorkie Waters HR by Wyong RFS. Bucketty Brigade has thus been on stand-by and patrolling our local area throughout the day in case either of these other hazard reduction burns impacted in our area.

Gosford is expected to continue to burn in the catchment through the weekend until Sunday evening.

HR Update

Bucketty have cancelled their Sternbeck Lane HR due to weather and the significant fire activity from Gosford and Wyong HR in local area.

Gosford HR still ongoing in dam catchment and Wyong have a HR going to the South at Yorkie Waters.

HR Advisory 0747 Saturday

Please be advised that Gosford RFS is carrying out a large hazard reduction burn in the Mangrove Dam catchment over the weekend. Smoke can be expected in our area.

Bucketty will also be carrying out a much smaller HR burn on Sternbeck Lane in conjunction with a couple of crews from further afield in Lower Hunter.We expect to have that completed by Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

TOBAN Friday 7th

Please be advised a Total Fire Ban has been issued from midnight Thursday for 24 hours. Fire Danger is Very High and all permits are cancelled. Brigade will have a crew on standby for the day.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

TOBAN for Wednesday Sept 5th

A TOBAN [Total Fire Ban] is in place from midnight tonight, Tuesday, for 24 hours. All permits are suspended for that period and no fires are to be lit in the open. The Brigade will have a crew on standby during the day.

Plumesday HR

Fire Season kicked off with a nice HR on a private property just off GDD last Saturday and, whilst Bucketty was stretched somewhat thin on the ground we had support from our Wollombi Brigade friends as well as a great turn out from Bishop's Bridge, Pokolbin and Neath; we're certainly racking up the 'owesies' in the Zone that's for sure :)

A solid day's work by all and we estimated a 95% burn coverage which was an excellent result. The weather kept us on our toes at times and threw a few surprise spot-overs our way too but it was all handled with great professionalism and expertise; great to see so many different crews working together and all slotting into place on the fireground so well. Much thanks and regards to all for a great day.

Autumn's last breath...

..and it didn't go quietly! The last couple of weeks of August saw us out and about responding to a number of fires in the immediate vicinity. Crew's from as far afield as Cessnock, Kearsley and Neath responded all the way to Bucketty to join us in a number of incidents over the past couple of weeks. Much thanks for all your turn-outs folks, great work done by all, thank you.