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140 Years at Echuca

By: Martin Flanagan

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  1.15 PM 30 October, 2012


Location: District 20 News

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Echuca Fire Brigade opened its doors to the public to celebrate 140 years of service on Saturday.

The brigade had displays of new and old firefighting equipment as well as demonstrations of firefighting equipment in action.

The brigade blocked off a section outside the fire station on Pakenham St, between 4pm and 6pm.

Echuca Fire Brigade captain Mark Hooper said it was a community celebration.

‘‘We are set up by the community and we work for the community,’’ he said.

‘‘It was not just an Echuca Fire Brigade celebration on Saturday, it was a community celebration.’’

Mr Hooper said about 300 to 400 people visited the fire station on Saturday.

‘‘There was a lot of community interest in the day which was pleasing,’’ he said.

‘‘Certainly the children who visited were interested in having a squirt of our hoses and to ring the bell, which used to be our primary signal of dispatch.’’

As well as the action outside, people could step inside the station to see a range of old photographs and memorabilia on display.

Mr Hooper said the brigade had an ideal weekend for the celebration.

‘‘The weather was kind to us and we had a great turnout from the community. We also did not have a call-out during the celebration which was good,’’ he said.

Words: Trent Horneman, Riverine Herald.

Photos: Martin Flanagan

Last Updated: 10 November 2012