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Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade

2017-2018 Fire Season

STOP PRESS: Milton Brigade and the Tathra Fires

Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade was given less than two hours to have a crew ready to assist our comrades in Tathra as part of a Shoalhaven Task Force. Milton 1 was joined by bulk water carrier Tabourie 13, Kangaroo Valley 7A, Callala Beach 7, Broughton Vale 9, Crossroads 9 and two Group Officer vehicles. At Tathra we were joined by some local appliances from various agencies.

Tathra was like a ghost town when we got there. No residents were allowed in or out. Very few were in. Slowly sectors were opened up and normality, under the circumstances, resumed.

Milton 1, as the largest operational appliance, seemed to be the "go to" vehicle for many more challenging tasks. The weather was very favourable for us and we put out a number of fire remnants and minor flare ups, and conducted patrolling and reassurance. We worked very hard for two long day shifts and a morning shift, in the knowledge that we were giving local fire brigades some well earned respite.

Although we have not had much bushfire in our local area recently, our volunteer crews remain committed, trained and ready for what may happen, wherever that is. Last year, as part of a Shoalhaven Task Force, Milton volunteers headed north as part of the first preemptive NSW Catastrophic fire response. We tackled the Catastrophic St Ivan Fire and helped defend the township of Cassilis.

Picture: Milton 1 filling up with water in front of Tathra Tanker at Tathra Fire Station. Note Tathra hoses drying on the right.

One of the reasons that RFS brigades from Milton, Shoalhaven and the rest of NSW can respond so well to such emergencies is that we all work well with our fellow emergency service agencies. Recently, Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club hosted a local Emergency Services Day where all local emergency services (including Life Saving, Police, SES, Ambulance Service, Marine Rescue, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Rural Fire Service) all met to catch up, link up, compare notes and explore further inter-service cooperation. The result was even more mutual respect, good will, appreciation and understanding of our fellow emergency responders.

Permits to light a fire in the open are required from 1 September 2017 until 31 March 2018. See: Community Information, for more information, including exceptions. The end date may change depending on weather and conditions. Recent rains can significantly reduce the risk of bush fires - however, fast moving fires may still occur on dry and windy days, and residents are encouraged to maintain their vigilance and caution.

The NSW RFS makes decisions, including the start and end dates of local fire seasons, based on a wide ranging variety of research into factors including temperature and rainfall trends. One such item of research is the (Southern Australian Seasonal Bush Fire Outlook 2016). Find the download link, under the map shown on the site.

For information about:

  • Bush Fire Danger Period
  • Lighting Fires
  • Fire Permits
  • Fire Safety

see: Community Information.

Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade

Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade is a New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) brigade located on the Australian East coast, almost due East of Canberra. 

All members of the brigade are volunteers and train regularly to fight bush fires, grass fires, building and vehicle fires, supporting other agencies during emergencies, as well as attending motor vehicle accidents. We are also increasingly engaging with our local residents and community as community engagement is the key to a better informed and safer community.

We respond to a varying number of incidents per year in the brigade area, from North of Milton to the Burrill Lake region and inland. Milton Brigade also sends crews and units to incidents within the Shoalhaven district, wider New South Wales and sometimes interstate. 

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS)

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW and is widely acknowledged as the largest volunteer fire service in the world. The NSW RFS provides many useful on line resources including:


We receive great support from the Milton community and in particular:

We are an active training brigade. Our members are a diverse group including students, farmers, tradespeople, employees in local industry and some retirees. We always welcome new members and supporters.

Current Fire Danger can be found on the RFS website.

See: ( Fire Danger).

Scroll down to the map in the link to find the local fire danger. The Milton Brigade area is in Region 5 (Illawarra/Shoalhaven).

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