Scotland Island RFS Celebrates 60 years

27 Jul 2015 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On Saturday 11th July past and present members of the Scotland Island brigade, residents and dignitaries celebrated the Brigade’s 60th anniversary.

More than 75 people attended the Fireman’s Ball including The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP, Federal Member for Mackellar, Councillor Jacqueline Townsend, Mayor Pittwater Council, RFS Assistant Commissioner Steve Yorke and RFS Deputy Fire Control Officer Inspector George Sheppard.

The Brigade was started in 1955 as the first order of business by the newly formed Scotland Island Progress Association.  Residents constructed a fire shed near Tennis Wharf and the first fire vehicle (a jeep with a 44 gallon drum on it) was donated to the Brigade. 

Over the years, the Brigade’s equipment has improved and a new Fire Station was constructed in 1991 on the current site above Catherine Park.

The Brigade now has over 130 members and over the years has responded to numerous fires and other emergency incidents both on and off the island. 

Members of the Brigade have also formed an Ambulance Service Community First Responder unit which provides island residents with emergency first aid and medical support. 

The Brigade’s high speed fire boat also provides support for bushfires, boat fires and other emergency situations on Pittwater, Coal and Candle Creek and the Hawkesbury River.


Ms Bishop and Ms Townsend both recognised the important contribution the Brigade and volunteers in general make to the Australian community and to Pittwater.  Steve York, representing the RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented the Brigade with a plaque commemorating its 60th anniversary.

Guests enjoyed a delicious array of canapés and were entertained throughout the night by performances by Tabatha & Co and the Byrne's Unit. 

Link to Ball Photographs  (Thanks to Peter Lalor for taking the photos and Pittwater Offshore News for publishing them) 

The Brigade would like to thank those that attended the Fireman’s Ball and all other residents for their continued support.  The next Brigade function is a Fire Shed dinner on the 8th August, followed by a Fire Shed dinner on the 12th September and Open Day on Sunday 13th September.

Residents interested in joining or supporting the Brigade can contact the Brigade on 9999 4404 or by email

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