The Broadford RSL was decorated in a flurry of red and white for the evening while hosting the 60 attendees who enjoyed a three course meal, during the various presentations.
6 certificates recognising 5 years of service were presented to Broadford Fire Brigade members, and medals were then presented to 4 members for at least 10 years service, 2 members for 15 years service, 4 members for 20 years service and one member for 25 years service.
In an attempt to keep the National Medal a surprise for the Captain, the formal proceedings were altered a little when Hume Regional Director Alan Davies took to the podium. As Robert was presented with his medal for diligent long service to the community in hazardous circumstances, all members and guests gave a standing ovation to honour the loyal and dedicated Captain.
As the Brigade Management Team stood to present the brigade awards, a very special award was presented for the first time, to honour another loyal member of the Broadford Fire Brigade, who passed away suddenly last year. The Bruce Insley Award was awarded to Natalie Atkins in recognition of her adherence to the CFA values and for her commitment to training and leadership – two attributes Bruce held. It was an honour for the Brigade to have Bruce’s family in attendance on the night to present this special award.
Other Brigade awards included Most Improved to Dane Kelsey, Quiet Achiever to Dale Duffin and Wally of the Year to Robert Coote, for getting the tanker bogged at a grass fire last month.
With the formalities out of the way, members and guests let their hair done with a karaoke machine hired for entertainment. Local MP Cindy McLeish was in good voice as she took to the microphone with various Brigade members and many songs were (badly) sung into the early hours on Sunday morning.