After a summer of giving by many, we asked Fruits in Suits guests to dig a little deeper for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
As many of us remained in Sydney over the Christmas and New Year period we struggled to really complain about the bush fire smoke enveloping the city.
We knew that while we were inconvenienced by the smoke, others lost their homes, businesses and even family and friends.
Fruits & Lemons open their wallets
At the monthly Fruits in Suits event held on Thursday 16th January at Social @ Verandah we asked members and guests to donate what they could to the NSW Rural Fire Service. We’re delighted to advise we raised $1,065 on the night. Thank you to all in attendance.
SGLBA Partnership Director, Scott Duncombe roamed the room on the night with Albert in one hand for electronic donations & a box for good old fashioned cash donations.
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Did you know, NSW has the largest…
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is now the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organisation. The geographic area of NSW is 800,630 square kilometres, which is approximately 10.4 percent of the Australian landmass.
The NSW RFS has jurisdiction over 99 percent of the State’s land area now, but it had humble beginnings. During the 19th century, coordinated firefighting was non-existent, with many landowners forced to defend their own properties.
By the beginning of the 20th century, in response to particularly serious fires, the NSW State Government formalised control of fire prevention which led to the formation of the first formal brigade at Berrigan in the State’s south.
According to the Berrigan Advocate newspaper, the brigade was formally recorded in November 1900 at a meeting at the Royal Hotel on the Murray River. It is the first official record of a formal bush fire brigade in NSW.