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Agency ID11484
TitleMetropolitan Fire Brigades Board
Agency TypeStatutory authority
Start Date 1/7/1921
End Date 1/7/1990
Date NotesN/A

Amalgamation of Fire Brigade Boards across Brisbane and its suburbs.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19729Personnel Register - Terminations 1/7/1921 31/12/1980
19970Cash and Bank Book 1/1/1925 30/6/1928
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 1/7/1921 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
633Coordinator-General's Office 26/9/1963 1/1/1965
11363State Fire Services Council 1/1/1965 1/7/1985
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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
11483Brisbane Fire Brigade Boardrelated
11363State Fire Services Councilrelated
11485Wynnum Fire Brigade Boardrelated
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Information Sources

The Fire Brigades Act of 1920
Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990
Calthorpe, K D & Capell, K 1997, Brisbane on Fire, K Capell, Brisbane.
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Establishing Fire Brigades Act 1920
Abolishing Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990
Administered N/A
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The Fire Brigades Act of 1920 came into operation on 1 January 1920 superseding the Fire Brigades Act of 1881. This act and allowed for the amalgamation of brigades across Brisbane and its suburbs. On 1 July 1921, the Brisbane Fire Brigade became the Metropolitan Fire Brigade controlled by the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board.

The new board was set up as a body corporate consisting of seven members elected every third year. Two members were appointed by the Governor in Council, two were elected from the local authority and three were elected from contributory fire insurance companies. Funding was contributed to the board by each of these three groups in proportion to their representation on the board.

The act records the key duty of the board as: "the extingishing of fires and protecting life and property in case of fire". The schedule of the act contains very detailed rules and regulations pertaining to the operations of the board. Some of these include: ensuring that the brigade had sufficient number of firemen, fire vehicles, equipment necessary for the performance of their duties. Among other duties, the board also established and administered a Fire Brigade Fund, created bylaws, registered volunteer fire brigades and appointed officers as required.

The fire services of Queensland were provided through 81 local Fire Brigade Boards until 1990 with the urban and rural services operating as separate organisations. In July 1990, the Fire and Rescue Service Act was proclaimed replacing the boards and creating a single state-wide Queensland Fire Service incorporating the Rural Fire Division.

The "Fire Brigades Act and Other Acts Amendment Act 1984", assented to on 18 April 1984, reassigned the majority of the Council's duties and powers to the Minister, and the Council became an advisory body only. The proclomation of the "Fire Brigades Act and Fire Safety Act Amendment Act 1985" as of 1 July 1985 dissolved the State Fire Services Council and allocated its advisory responsibilities to the Queensland Fire Services Association.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11484, Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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