A little after 4pm on the 16/03/2018 the brigade was called to a car fire near Joyces Creek. The late model dual cab 4WD was fully involved upon arrival. After some initial concerns about the contents of the vehicle and some minor explosions being heard, crews were permitted to approach the vehicle to extinguish the fire and it was brought under control in about 10mins. No damage to any property or surrounding areas and no injuries were sustained to members of the public or responding crews. Good job all round. Brigades in attendance were Moolort T1 and both Newstead T1 and T2.
The Newstead Fire Brigade have received our brand new Heavy Tanker. Over the next few weeks/months all brigade members will undertake various training scenarios including driver training, pump operations etc to become fully conversant with the operation of the new appliance. Once this has been achieved, the vehicle will be put "online" meaning it will be able to respond to all emergencies as our front line appliance. Boasting a 4000l water tank (bigger than previous) and a number of state of the art additions this is a great resource for the Newstead and District community and shows the dedication and commitment of all our brigade members. Welcome to Newstead to our new Iveco Heavy Tanker.
On Australia Day the brigade were alerted to a column of smoke in the vicinity of Newstead Cemetery as a result of a lightning strike. Upon turning out, we noticed smoke but it was much further east; in a gully between Symes Rd and Yapeen Rd at Muckleford South. Fortunately, due to the accompanying rain, the fire hadn't really been able to get going and was very quickly brought under control, once we were able to get to it. Thanks to the support from Campbells Creek T1 and Spt, Maldon T1, as well as all the Newstead appliances.
At 3:30 on Saturday the 20th Jan, Newstead Tanker 1 and BigFill were deployed as part of a Strike Team 0290 from the Strathloddon Group to the grass & scrub fire on the Newstead Creswick Road between Smeaton and Campbelltown. A Strike Team usually consists of a command vehicle, 5 tankers and either a support vehicle or in our case the big fill. There were a number of Air craft and Strike Teams from across district 2 as well as district 15 were deployed to make a total of 30 appliances to control the fire. Great work by all crews to bring this fire under control in what was very difficult terrain to work in. Video taken From Newstead Tanker 1.
Campbelltown Grass & Scrub Fire 20/01/2018
Grass and Scrub Fire Dundas St Newstead
At around 10:30pm on Sunday the 14/01/2018 the brigade was called to a grass fire spreading in Simpson St Newstead. We arrived on scene to find a small patch of grass on fire. A young possum was found at the scene minus his whiskers and with burns on his feet. Reports of a loud bang and power outages across town has lead us to put two and two together and believe the possum has some explaining to do. The possum is still alive, and was placed in the hands of WIRES to assist it's recovery.