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Barnawartha Station Opening
Barnawartha Brigade now into new home and enjoys excellent opening in near perfect conditions.
An excellent roll up of people from the local area helped the Brigade and dignitories open the New Fire Station for the Barnawartha Brigade. Held on the 27th of October in near perfect weather conditions, "the opening of this new station was a dream come true" said Brigade Captain Howard Smith.
Local member Bill Tilley, CFA Board member Ross Coyle, Operations Manager Paul King and Operations Officer John Bigham along with a number of adjoining Brigade and Group members helped the local Brigade members make a great day of it. The setting for the station at the Barnawartha Recreation Reserve was seen as a challenge originally but with the Barny/ Chiltern "A" grade cricket match underway and the Barnawartha Golf club holding a tornament and pitch and putt competition at the same time as the opening it clearly demonstrated how well we can all fit in. For those unaware the Golf course surrounds the Cricket ground which in turn is directly behing the new Station.
The Brigade took the opportunity during the opening day to make a number of presentations of appreciation certificates. A very strong band of Ladies who have supported the Brigade in an unofficial auxillary capacity recieved recognition for the work that they have done over a number of years. Some have been directly involved in Brigade fundraising especially at the local Camp Draft for 30 years.
Another certificate was also presented to Brett Meyers from the Wodonga Station who provided invaluable assistance to a number of our members whilst off duty at the scene of a nasty incident.
Given a long and proud history and similarly a tragic one, the Brigade also took the opportunity at the opening, to have the local CFA chaplin David Poole dedicate a memorial plaque to our member, Rebecca Helwig, who died in service some 6 years ago.
At the conclusion of the ceremony the Brigade put on a BBQ lunch and many stayed around to enjoy the day. Our thanks go out to those that attended for what really was a great day.
And yes as can often happen, a turnout, but thankfully a couple of hours later.