Some Boronia Fire Brigade History

The Boronia Fire Brigade has been around for 78 years. We have a very proud history. Formed in 1942 to protect the town from a possible Japanese invasion, we are currently in our 3rd fire station. We were a fully volunteer brigade until 1972 when paid staff were introduced, and Volunteers were retained.

This continued until July 2020 when the integrated stations across Victoria were put into a completely separate fire service. CFA volunteers in one, still retaining the name CFA, and paid members along with Melbourne Metropolitan fire brigade members, became Fire Rescue Victoria or FRV. The Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade has been disbanded.

The Boronia CFA and FRV co-exist at the Boronia fire station in Boronia Road with the FRV owning the station and the volunteers as tenants. The volunteers at Boronia have just taken possession of a brand new state of the art water Tanker.

Vehicles in the station [in – omit] are not shared and each service has its own vehicles. Only the CFA has large water tankers to fight grass and forest fires.

The City of Knox has seven volunteer Brigades within its boundaries. They are Bayswater, The Basin, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully, Scoresby, and Rowville. Rowville has a similar setup to Boronia with volunteers and FRV in the same station.

The volunteers at Boronia are highly trained personnel having standards exactly the same as paid fire fighter’s and are ready to handle anything that comes their way.

We have 45 members at Boronia includes active and non-active. We are always looking for new members active or non-active.  If you think you are up for the challenge, please contact our Captain Ramon Relph at: captain@boroniacfa.com .

Bill Ireland

Boronia Fire Brigade Historian