More than a hundred CFA members gathered on Friday night for the Echuca Urban Fire Brigade’s annual dinner.RHIANNON HORRELL December 4, 2013 4:41am
There was an air of celebration as more than a hundred CFA members gathered on Friday night for the Echuca Urban Fire Brigade’s annual dinner.
CFA operations officer for Campaspe catchment John Cutting presented four awards at the dinner.
Brandt Gladman and Matt Wilson each received an award for five year’s service, Jason Quincey received a medal for 20 years service and Norm Childs received an award for 35 years service.
Echuca captain Mark Hooper said there were 925 years of service between the CFA members in attendance.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of knowledge. We’ve worked hard to do a lot of recruitment,’’ he said.
‘‘Last year we had 40 active firefighters in the brigade — this year we have 50.’’
He welcomed four new members to the brigade; David Fraser, Ashleigh Poidevin, Jessica Ruedin and Jason Smith.
He thanked Jan Bubb, who raised $181,000 through bingo at the Echuca Moama RSL and YMCA.
The money was donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal on behalf of the towns.
In addition, the ladies auxiliary group provided the Echuca brigade with $2000 to utilise ahead of the coming fire season.
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison described the local CFA as a ‘‘terrific group’’ who were ‘‘very active’’.
‘‘I’m happy to pass on our thanks for the service they provide the community,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re all volunteers and they do it willingly. It’s a great organisation.
‘‘When they go out to a fire, they never know what they will encounter.’’
CFA deputy chief officer John Haynes attended the dinner and congratulated the award recipients.
He said the Echuca brigade looked healthy in terms of numbers.
Mr Haynes also spoke about the future of the CFA and ideas for how to adapt to a changing environment.
Dookie man Richard Horton yesterday became the sixth person killed on the region’s roads since Saturday.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Under 16s have claimed their first ever Under 16 premiership on the back of a big score on day one.
Bill Milner of Tatura recently decided to have a test done at Screen For Life in Kyabram.
The Bunnaloo Red Cross folded last month after 75 years in operation.
C4R will work with Campaspe Shire Council to develop a steering committee to help clubs with their proposals.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Wyuna yesterday morning.
Former first-class cricketer to coach and play for his new home.
A man was due to appear in court today of numerous charges, including firing a firearm in a public place.
Police are investigating an accident at Burramboot on the Heathcote-Rochester Rd in which four people were killed last night.
Cobram Agricultural Society is reassessing its annual fun run after a 60 per cent decrease on last year’s entries.
Teenager Rowan Smith took his amateur record to 1-1 after a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.
The fruit industry is becoming weary of being told of huge opportunities in markets in Asia by Australian governments which cannot negotiate free trade agreements to get access.
The Benalla Showgrounds is ready for the upcoming football season following the installation of AFL standard goal posts.
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