A voluntary service, the Smithfield Fire Brigade became an official Brigade in 1963 having operated as an unofficial brigade for about 3 years before that. Present membership is approx 30 men. The average number of calls a year is 150. Between July 1978 and June 1979 the calls totalled 220 which included an extra 70 calls concerning the activities of a firebug who operated in the Munno Para area in the summer months.
The Smithfield Brigade is the main one in the Munno Para area and sometimes answers calls outside the Council area and works well with the City Fire Brigade in this respect. Most of the Brigade’s firemen live nearby and the call out time from the first sounding of the siren is between 2 and 4 minutes. The Light Attack Unit is the first unit out, followed almost immediately by the Main Pump Unit with the majority of the firemen. The photo show the Main Pump Unit (Bedford). This Unit, the only one of its kind in the area was designed and built by the Smithfield Brigade member’s between 1977 and 1978. It functions as special service and rescue unit and can play a role in Civil Defence, there being no State Emergency Service in the area. It is used at accident scenes freeing people trapped in vehicles; carries extra men for fire fighting duties if needed; can rescue people and stock in rural fires; carries extra equipment if needed; and is used as refreshment vehicle by the Ladies Auxiliary at the scene of fires.
Reference:- Information given by Senior Fireman David Lamplough of Elizabeth South, 18/5/1979.