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Burrumbeet RFB celebrations
The Burrumbeet Rural Fire Brigade’s event committee had planned everything to perfection for their recent 70th anniversary celebrations and National Medal presentation, including providing Ballarat and surrounds with a beautiful sunny day.
On Sunday 14 October more than 100 people turned up to the Burrumbeet Soldiers Memorial Hall to join in the celebrations and to thank the brigade for their 70 year service to the community. It was also a chance to recognise the outstanding service of two of its current members, Phillip Wilson and Ross Powell, who were each presented with a National Medal.
Burrumbeet Rural Fire Brigade 1st Lieutenant Rob Draffin kept the day running smoothly in his role as MC and after welcoming all guests including the many dignitaries present, he invited Captain Alan McCartney to speak on the 70 year history of the brigade. Alan took to the floor and gave a thorough account to detail the past 70 years of the brigade, starting with the meeting held on 20 December 1942 in which the brigade officially formed. It was very noteworthy that many of the family names that were present in the early years of the brigade are still present within the brigade 70 years later.
To formally acknowledge the 70 year achievement the past-presidents of the Brigade were then invited to the cut the cake. Following this CFA Grampians Regional Director Don Kelly got the chance to congratulate the brigade on their achievements and gave a great summary of the role the Brigade has played in fire suppression and emergency response both with the Grampians Region and the rest of Victoria.
The awards component of the afternoon started with Don Kelly presenting 45 CFA service awards to current members of the brigade. Awards ranged from 5 year certificates to 55 year clasps. It is great to see such a range of knowledge and experience levels within a brigade.
As a fitting way to finish off proceedings the two National Medals were presented to Phillip Wilson and Ross Powell. Both members have worked their way through the brigade ranks to become Captain of Burrumbeet Rural Fire Brigade. Phillip was Captain for 5 years before stepping down to be replaced by Ross who was Captain for 10 years. Phillip is now the Ballarat Group Officer after roles as 1st and 4th DGO, and Ross is the current Ballarat Group 3rd DGO. Both have held their positions for the last 5 years and are very worthy recipients of a National Medal.