Aside from its dictionary definition – the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainly or intimidation – Arthurs Creek-Strathewen Fire Brigade Captain Michael Chapman has his own take on the word ‘courage’.
A wet, miserable day in Seymour on Saturday 6 October kept the crowds down at the Seymour Show. But despite the weather, Seymour brigade turned out in force to engage with the public and they had around 50 to 70 visitors.
Like so many CFA members, Pip Johnson has her own personal bushfire history. Her great grandmother put her children in the vegetable patch under wet hessian sacks and watched her life burn down in 1939. Her father was CFA’s first legislative officer around Ash Wednesday and Pip patrolled burn offs on a bush block from age six.