Station Focus: No. 417 Parkes (1878 - 2020)

*This information is an extract from the colour-book produced by the Museum of Fire's Heritage Team to celebrate the opening of the new Parkes Fire Station. Should you wish to use any of the information and pictures provided we ask that you please reference the Museum correctly and contact the Museum for permission where applicable. The Creation of a Fire Brigade in Parkes In November 1877, a meeting was held to form a fire brigade in Parkes and by the end of the following year this had come to fruition. One of the first reports of the brigade attending a fire was in November 1878 when they are described as “working like tigers” to extinguish the flames of a fire in the Tailor’s shop. During

‘RPAS01 BEAR’ Touches Down at the Museum of Fire

Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are not often associated with the Fire Brigade however they serve an important function for firefighting and rescue services, providing integral information which assists in the prevention, preparation, and recovery phases of field operations. They may also be used following major incidents such as bushfires or floods to provide real-time data for pre-incident planning and to assess damages. As a modern piece of equipment, drones highlight the impact of technology on the development of firefighting practices and therefore represent an important piece of FRNSW history. On 23 July 2020, the Museum welcomed the first FRNSW dron

The Dennis "Big 4"

The Dennis “Big 4” was named according to its engine size, designed with a 4-cylinder overhead valve engine with a RAC horsepower rating of 35.7. Between the years of 1934 and 1939 the New South Wales Fire Brigade (NSWFB) used Dennis Bros almost exclusively. It was in 1937 that the Brigade ordered its first Big 4 which was to be delivered as an unbodied chassis. Charged with the design of the body, the Brigade’s draughtsmen proposed several designs. They were inspired by the new style “limousine” bodywork supplied to the London Brigade and attempted to design a closed-cabin body that would provide seating for up to eight people (including the driver and officer) in a three row arrangement. I

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