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CFA band rocks the Forum
More than 400 delegates at the 2014 Community Engagement & Fire Awareness Forum took a well-deserved break on Saturday evening to enjoy some music courtesy of CFA band, The Red Austins.
A busy schedule of talks and workshops over the weekend was broken for a few hours on Saturday evening with some dancing, singing and 'name that riff' competitions.
The Red Austins were formed six months ago and are made up of seven CFA members including an executive director, a volunteer, and an IT systems administrator.
All band members volunteer their time and equipment and donate their fees to nominated charities and local brigades.
After an intense few months of rehearsals they performed their first gig in Bells Hotel, South Melbourne, for family, friends and colleagues in June - raising $616 for two CFA firefighters who have a two-year-old daughter with a rare form of epilepsy.
On July 26 they performed at a 'Christmas in July' function at Werribee Park Golf club, donating their fee to the Werribee Fire Brigade.
At the State Forum at the weekend delegates were treated to a variety of covers ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Cure and Muse. The band also tested the crowd's musical knowledge with a "Name that Riff" competition.
And to round the night off some band members even ended up joining the crowd on the dance floor while playing their encore!
Photos: Alyssa Anderton