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Bug out bag

Lets be honest, we aren’t Jason Bourne. We don’t need to rely on Bruce Willis to save us from a gigantic asteroid that will devour the Earth. And (hopefully), a Zombie Apocalypse is restricted to a couple of hundred movies.

But there are things that are a lot more likely than we would like to believe. Bush fire. Storm and flood damage. Ferocious winds bringing down trees and cutting power for days. An emergency kit, or as they like to call them in Hollywood, a “Bug out bag” or “Grab bag” can help to prevent you being the person standing in front of a news camera saying that you escaped with just the shirt on your back.

To ensure your safety, and that of your loved ones, the message is that when you need to evacuate your home then you should do that as quickly as safely possible. Sometimes situations develop rapidly and you may have only minutes to get out. We see this almost every fire season where communities are hit with little or no warning. In this situation having some items ready to go can make life a lot more bearable in the hours or days that follow.

Let’s be clear, we are not talking about a suitcase of clothes and reading material, board games and the like. We are talking about the things that will help you to stay alive, safe, and relatively comfortable until you can get to a safer location like an evacuation centre or a relatives house. And just as importantly, some information so that if your house is destroyed you aren’t standing in shock trying to even remember who it was all insured with.

We want to give you an example of a bug out bag that one of our members has been developing for the last year or so. It’s still a work in progress, but his aim is that in the event of an emergency his family can grab that one bag, and with nothing more than the bag and the shirts on their backs, can keep themselves comfortable, deal with minor first aid issues during the evacuation, and get to a location of safety even if that involves hours spent without any further outside assistance. Below are some photos of where the bag is up to at the moment, and also a list that is getting close to a final ‘perfect’ bug out bag. Your list will likely vary depending on where you live and how many people will be using it.

You may choose not to have a bag like this sitting under your bed at all times – but if you don’t, think about gathering some of these things together early when an emergency threatens. Don’t leave it to the last minute where you will be putting your life in danger by delaying. Get in touch if you want to discuss this further, we are happy to talk about these ideas, although the creator of this bag won’t be sharing his survival location for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Some of the contents of a bug out bag
All the contents of the bug out bag fit in a standard duffel bag

Suggested list:
Drinking water
Non perishable food – snacks, muesli bars
Battery powered radio with spare batteries
Torch with spare batteries
First aid kit
Dust/smoke masks (P2, available at hardware, workwear stores)
Baby wipes, garbage bags and plastic bags for sanitation
If you live in a remote area a means of water purification
Adjustable wrench and multitool to make utilities safe and for basic repairs
Local maps
Chargers for mobile phones
Important Documents and pictures of your family (ie hard drive backups)
Key personal information including copies of passports and drivers licences
Insurance Policy details
Comfortable clothing and blankets/sleeping bags
Medications, infant supplies, spare pair of glasses
Sewing Kit
Matches and candles in a snap lock bag
Lightsticks (glowsticks)
Leather palm protective gloves
50feet nylon paracord
Toilet paper and toiletries (pack of toothbrushes and paste)
Pen and notepad
Some cash
A list of important phone numbers (USB and or printed)
Extra set of car and house keys
Duct tape, gaffers tape

You can help

You can help……

Our volunteers are here when you need us, but you can play a part as well.

Here’s three things that you can do to help us to help you.

1. The most important thing is to Prepare, Act and Survive. When a bushfire, structure fire or major storm damage occurs, you rarely get much warning. Preparing our families and homes, and then knowing when and how to act in an emergency situation can be the difference between life and death.
Give yourself the best chance to survive an emergency. Visit to find out more.

2. Donate: If you are able, make a donation to our brigade or support us at local events like the Robertson Show. We raise funds for pieces of equipment that increase our efficiency and effectiveness in our operations, as well as for upgrades to our station that help to recruit and retain volunteers. We greatly appreciate donations both small and large.

3. Volunteer: We have members from all walks of life, male and female, young and old. It would be great to have you join us. Once applications for membership have been accepted through our local brigade and State RFS Headquarters, training will be provided. We meet each Wednesday night for a couple of hours, respond to callouts, and take part in community engagement activities and events.
We understand that our members are volunteers, and so there are no rules about how often you need to attend. If there are times where you have other commitments, family responsibilities, or are going away for an extended period that won’t cause any problems. It’s helps the brigade to have members that are available at different times of the day and week.
For more information pop in to the station at the top of the hill above the service station on a Wednesday night at 7:30pm, or contact us through facebook or email. You can download application information from the RFS website at

East Coast Low – June 2016

18-06-16 Two weeks ago we were in the midst of receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Over the course of the weekend we received over 600mm (24 inches) along with periods of high winds. This led to a very large number of calls to tree’s and power-lines down, along with flooding affecting houses and roadways.

By mid morning on Sunday, a forward command post was set up operating from Robertson Rural Fire Station. This enabled us to work smoothly with SES and the large number of resources called in to assist which included RFS units from Burrawang, Avoca, Moss Vale, Balmoral, Colo Vale, and Berrima, with a team of 2 additional fire appliances and a Group Captain from the Wollindilly Shire. At some points there were more than 45 people being briefed, fed, restocked and coordinated in our station.

While some Robertson residents had serious damage to their houses from floodwaters, we are very grateful that there was no loss of life here, and we thank all Robertson residents for heeding the call to stay out of floodwaters, and for looking out for their neighbours.

We particularly also want to thank Megan Moore and Phil Moore for organising catering, Robertson Butcher for opening up on a Sunday to keep the troops fed, the Robertson Burrawang Rovers Soccer Club for offering their sausage rolls and pies first thing in the morning, Enhance Service Station, the local SES crews for really being a pleasure to work with knee deep in water, and our own volunteers who have such a strong desire to just get out there and serve our community when it needs it. Thank you!









A slice of Robertson history

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A photo recently surfaced which shows a little slice of both Robertson and Brigade history. The photo shows a car fire on the main street of Robertson outside what was the ESSO service station near the site of the current service station. We believe that in this particular incident noone was hurt.

Many locals can be seen in the photo, but one notable mention is Jim Wilson Snr, seen standing on the back of the water tender. Jim is a former long term Captain of our Brigade and a life-member. If you recognise others, or can accurately date the picture (we think early 60’s), please get in touch at