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Brigade members honoured at dinner

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

Ron Hooper (left), Joy Hooper and Mark Hooper.

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.

Gallery: Echuca Urban Fire Brigade’s annual dinner

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.

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