Cundumbul celebrated the opening of their new shed.

Captain Peter Hickey, council representative Bryson Rees, Jock Fraser and John Johnstone cut the ribbon at the new shed.
Captain Peter Hickey, council representative Bryson Rees, Jock Fraser and John Johnstone cut the ribbon at the new shed.

Cundumbul Fire Brigade celebrated the opening of its new shed, a milestone for Jock Fraser, who remembers his first brigade meeting held one day at 2pm beside a creek at the end of 1954, after he left school.

"We have always had great assistance from Baker's Swamp, Neurea, Eurimbla and Boomey," Mr Fraser said.

He also remembered one of his early firefighting experiences north of Tooraweenah on the back of a land rover with just 44-gallon pump and a short hose.

"It was an old-fashioned hand gear pump," he said.

"Luckily there was no wind and there was a grader around which was another piece of luck."

Members of the brigade said like many in the RFS, perhaps the biggest developments for Cundumbul had been in equipment.

The shed now houses a category 1 tanker on Pam and Bernard Smith's property.

Orana manager Lyndon Wieland said in the past branch members had always been hospitable enough to shed tanks and equipment, but now the brigade had a central place to hold their meetings thanks to the RFS and Wellington Council.

"They are right on the Mitchell Highway and there are a lot of motor vehicle accidents because it is one of the main arteries into the west, people here are usually first on the scene," he said.

For the Johnstone family, three generations have been a part of the Cundumbul brigade with John Johnstone, his son Garth and grandson John Jnr.

"Growing up on the farm it doesn't matter where the fire is, you just go to it and help people," they said.