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District strike force home from Kilmore

District brigade members have been helping with the Kilmore fires in recent days.

ELAINE COONEY February 11, 2014 4:49am

Brook Coghill, Matt Keech, Mick Hassell, Heidi Warren, Adam Failla, Luke Warren, Jarrod Kelly and Brett Kyne.

A Campaspe CFA division strike team returned from the Kilmore fires yesterday.

Division co-ordinator Brian Quinn said the team saved several homes and a large emu farm.

He said the toughest part was dragging hoses around the hills outside Kilmore when saving the 300 emus.

The teams worked through the night to put out the fire.

Mr Quinn said it was hard to see the houses in the darkness, but the crew knew where they were located.

‘‘If we hadn’t been deployed to that spot, those houses may not be there,’’ he said.

Rochester, Colbinabbin, Corop, Lockington, Kotta, Bamawm Extension, Tongala, Kyabram, Echuca, Echuca Village, Rushworth, Tooleen, Gunbower. Tennyson, Pine Grove  and Wyuna sent members.

Mr Quinn said his strike team was made up of two groups of 50.

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