Reminder – Last Fitness Test Saturday 30/09/17

Just a reminder that an extra fitness test has been scheduled for prior to the bush fire season – it will be on Saturday 30th September, 9am.  Please let Martin Harris know if you are attending (check previous emails for details and forms to be filled out).

Forms are also available from here



Work Capacity Tests for 2017/18 Season start August

As part of our ramp up before the season starts in October, each Operational Member is required to complete the Work Capacity Test (Fitness Test) to be eligible to retain their Operational status and attend incidents.  Please note that the minimum requirement to participate on a fire ground (even as a scribe in a Command vehicle) is to have completed the Moderate test.
We will be starting our brigade testing in late August so please prepare yourself accordingly as we want everyone to pass and no one to get injured.
Once we arrange dates and times for testing we will publish them.
If you have any questions in the lead up to the testing please feel free to drop me a line.

Mt Stromlo Water Treatment Plant HR

Today two crews from Rivers conducted a small HR at the Stromlo WTP.  After a site induction, and an explanation of the (many) hazards of the site, we were able to complete the burn quite quickly – it was a good practice for crews using CAF on a longer line of hose (approximately 9 lengths due to the distance from RIV12C to the site).

Due to a lack of fine fuels in some of the piles, they will be pushed in to an area that will be subject to another HR in Spring or late Winter.

Thanks to those who could make it.

Buy a burger and support the Brigade!

We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Woden this May!

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.


We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Woden during May for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.

It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!

You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Woden, Restaurant Precinct Westfield Woden

Rivers 90th Anniversary dinner – Save the Date!

This year Rivers Brigade celebrates its 90th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a function has been organised at the Hellenic Club for the 2nd of September, beginning at 6:30. This function will consist of a formal 3 course dinner (including drinks) and will be followed by a DJ set for those that would like to have a dance.

The invitation is open to current and past members of Rivers and other ACT RFS brigades. Members of the Rivers SES Unit and ESA RFS staff (past and present) are also invited to attend. Invitations will shortly be sent out to our guest list, if you have not already responded and wish to receive an invitation, please email

Reminder – Helmet Audit


Members are reminded that a safety inspection/audit of helmets will be done on:

Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd May.

Please return your helmet to the shed ASAP before Monday 1st May

There will be zip ties and blank tags available at the shed workbench, please write your details on the tag and attach to your helmet.




If you are required to attend an incident your helmets will still be available at the shed.


The audit will assess your helmet – repair or replace it.

If you have any questions, please contact Ian.