Captain Thomas Harry was enthusiastic about both the warm welcome from the community and the brigade’s future. “It was a fantastic night,” he said. “We laid out about 80 chairs and there must have been about 110 people there. We invited the captains of all the neighbouring brigades and they all attended.
“Some of the members’ wives did the catering and it got them all involved in the brigade. Now my wife Liz is going to join and my son is joining the Juniors where they meet up with Rochester.”
It’s a new lease of life for the 81-year-old fire brigade. Membership currently stands at 50 with 26 operational members. “But now, with the new station, we’re getting a lot of younger ones,” said Thomas. “They’re coming in with ideas. I think the new place shows them that we’re moving ahead. That’s working out really well for us.”
So well, in fact, that the brigade is planning a Come-and-Join Day within the next month. “We’ve identified 10 people we think are keen,” continued Thomas. “They can join on the day and we’ll show them around the station and the trucks. We’ll probably have a soft drink and watch the footy in the meeting room.
“It’s a great facility for that. We can be cool or warm and the meeting room is open for any community group. Fire Ready Rural Women are meeting here on 4 May.
“It’s also an asset for other brigades close by in our [Northern Campaspe] group. We’re already doing more training here with wildfire and driver training coming up. We’re also going to have a social night once a month. We’ve had a barbecue donated so we’ll get a lot of use out of that.”
Loddon Mallee Regional Director Pat O’Brien was at the opening ceremony to hand out the following service medals. Congratulations to all brigade members and thank you for your service.
Service awards presented on the night by Loddon Mallee Regional Director Pat O’Brien
Absent members yet to receive their service awards