Catering Group

In the late 1960's Vince Ward obtained a second-hand Toyota Truck from Theiss Bros. Vince Ward, Warren King and various other Bullaburra Brigade members built from scratch the first Blue Mountains Mobile Canteen, to feed the hungry fire fighters on the fire ground. Bullaburra ladies provided the first meals.

Later Jack Tolhurst was responsible for the Mobile Kitchen, with the help of two co-coordinators. Pam Lawson, president of the Woodford Ladies Auxiliary was one of them. Consequently Woodford Ladies were always the first to be called out to prepare the meals for the fire fighters. Doreen Bent, a Life member of Woodford, was always one of the first to turn out to help.

1994 saw the formation of the Blue Mountains Catering Brigade, with several different Catering Officers until Warren King took over in 1995. Warren was Catering officer until he passed away in 2005. Warren with various helpers rebuilt the existing Mobile Kitchen. The Mobile Kitchen has been to many places, including the floods at Nyngan and Search and Rescue at Jenolan, where it caused a traffic delay climbing the hill on the way home. Also it went to Randwick to help feed the helpers assisting with the damaged roofs etc., the Newcastle Disease outbreak at Gosford, numerous fires, hazard reductions, feeding National Parks and Wildlife while they do various tasks and feeding Search and Rescue teams. The Catering Group also has provided meals for training groups and for different Ceremonies.

The Catering Group has also undertaken fund raising, providing sausage sizzles for information days for the RTA, providing meals at the Lithgow Show and Ironfest, morning teas and suppers for the Blue Mountains Citizenship Ceremonies, also feeding the film crew from the AFTRS, while they made the short film "Shot Open" in the Megalong Valley

In 2000 Catering amalgamated with the Communications Brigade, Logistics, Air Support and Fire Investigation to form the Group Support Brigade.

Photos courtesy Kath Lynch