History of the Gungahlin Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.
Early Days: The Gungahlin Volunteer Bushfire and Emergency Services Brigade were first established in March 1997. The brigade was
a combined Bushfire and Emergency Service Brigade that was joined with the Dickson Emergency Service Unit.
The bushfire component of the brigade initially drew its membership for the Hall and Jerrabomberra Volunteer Brigades. The initial membership consisted
of 15 members and the brigade was resourced with:
- 1 Heavy Tanker (single cabin Isuzu),
- 1 Light Unit (Toyota Land Cruiser) and
- 1 Command Vehicle (Toyota Hilux)
The brigade was initially stationed at Mitchell (corner of Heffernan St and Winchcombe Ct). The brigade was relocated to the Gungahlin Joint Emergency
Services Centre (JESC) in 1998.
Brigade Activity: Gungahlin Brigade was heavily involved in the 2001 Christmas fires and were the first (and only for the first 1.5
hours) bushfire units on scene at the Bruce Ridge fire as it spread from near the CIT and encircled the Lyneham Caravan Park.
Gungahlin Brigade was heavily involved in operations in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Tidbinbilla Valley on 17th January 2003 and in the Uriarra
Settlement and Weston Creek area on 18th January 2003. The brigade was able to provide crews for at least one shift for 17 days straight during
this campaign event. Gungahlin busiest day for fire activity was Saturday 13th March 1999 which saw the brigade respond to and contain several
(17) fires in the one day. This was also coupled with the busiest weekend for the brigade that saw the brigade attend over 30 fires over the three
days of the Canberra Day Long Weekend.