Formed around 1936, the Tallong Rural Fire Brigade had modest beginnings with a captain and 15 members. Privately owed equipment was used to fight fires, comprising mainly of gardening Tools such as rakes and shovels. About 1945, the Brigade was allowed to use a privately owned, late model truck, fitted with tanks and pumps at short notice... but against a large fire, the truck was rather inadequate.
After the Chatsbury fire of 1965, Mulwaree shire handed over a whole heap of equipment to our Brigade.
Lots of new tanks, knapsacks sprays, four new pumps and other tools. Unfortunately Tallong had no fire shed to store all this new equipment. It was scattered around for eight years or so, because in 1974 Mulwaree shire Council gave the Tallong Rural Brigade it’s first Fire shed and it’s first official Fire truck....
an ex-army Studebaker. the previous truck, which must have been either privately owned, donated or brought by the Brigade themselves was a Chevy Mapleleaf, and is. Currently sitting in a paddock somewhere in Tallong and is owned by a local resident.
Now back to the shed.... The Fire Shed construction dragged out until 1981, and was finally finished by the Brigade members. It underwent extensions I. The late 1980s, but was replaced in 1999 by a huge and beautiful shed right next door to the Memorial Hall. The Brigade is currently trying to piece together it’s past, and is interested to hear any history attached to the vehicle (and indeed the Brigade itself), since there’s pretty much no documentation about the Brigades history.