The Fire Brigades Act of 1881 led to the institution of the first Brisbane Fire Brigades Board. In October 1882, under the provisions of the new act, the City Volunteer Fire Brigade (formed in 1868), became the Brisbane Fire Brigade. In 1882, the Brisbane Fire Brigade consolidated as an organisation with stations at South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point and Petrie Terrace in addition to the city station. The first Chief Officer/Superintendent, J.E. Hinton, was also appointed.
The function of the previous board had been to oversee the care and management of all fire engines and appliances and to control the expenditure of all moneys contributed for the purposes of the fire brigade establishment. The 1881 act expanded upon the duties of the board. The board had the authority to appoint the Chief Officer, dismiss members of the brigade, form new brigades and fill vacancies. It was also required to keep detailed personnel records and publish an annual statement of accounts.
The board was made up of two members from the local authority, two elected by the fire insurance companies and two appointed by state government. The mayor was also the ex officio chairman of the board. Board members were elected annually. Funding came from the state government, the Municipal Council and fire insurance companies
The Fire Brigades Act of 1920 came into operation on 1 January 1920 and allowed for the amalgamation of brigades across Brisbane and its suburbs. On 1 July 1921, The Brisbane Fire Brigade officially ceased operating as an organisation and became the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
The first volunteer fire brigade in Brisbane, known as the Brisbane Volunteer Fire Company, formed in October 1860. The Fire Brigades Act of 1876 resulted in a statutory fire brigade board being introduced by parliament for the first time.