An Upper Murray firefighting group says it has the community support needed to become a sustainable Country Fire Authority brigade.
Thowgla Valley Fire Brigade founder James Paton said the valley was the "odd one out" in the region by not being part of the CFA.
A CFA spokesman said the area was already well serviced by the Corryong, Nariel Valley and Biggara Brigades.
"CFA is aware of a local fundraising effort for firefighting equipment to support Thowgla Valley residents, and values the role of private equipment, providing it is operated safely and effectively," he said.
Mr Paton said becoming a CFA brigade would provide support in areas such as administration, insurance and liability and about 20 residents were willing to be active members.
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The CFA spokesman said the authority had produced guidelines for operating private equipment at fires in recognition of their importance in rural communities.
"CFA has had discussions with the (Thowgla Valley) local community about fire equipment and has explained that the establishment of a new fire brigade requires the brigade to be registered and its officers and members enrolled in accordance with the CFA Act 1958," he said.
"Brigades are required to recruit, train and retain members over the long term with a commitment to responding both locally and in service of surrounding areas."
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