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Chief Officer goes bush
Recently Chief Officer Euan Ferguson crammed a full day of activities around Wangaratta in Hume region.
The day began chatting with staff at the region HQ in Wangaratta, before heading out to the satellite station of Bowman-Murmungee brigade to meet brigade members.
Hidden away in the well-maintained Nissen Hut was the brigade-owned tanker 2 and a well-preserved 1906 horse drawn water cart. Complete with the original leather beaters on the back, it highlights just how hard it was to fight fires in the early days.
After a quick visit to the main Bowman-Murmungee brigade station, it was back to Wangaratta but not before a tribute to honour the fallen firefighters at the memorial for Tarrawingee brigade, where 10 people died in the December 1943 fires.
At the new Wangaratta Fire Station, invited parties gathered for the handover of tankers for Tarrawingee, Killawarra and Wangaratta. CFA Board Member Michael Tudball welcomed official guests before the keys were presented for each vehicle.
It was then off to Benalla fire station for the handover of another two tankers for Goorambat and Benalla (Woods Point brigade also received a tanker but not on that day). An evening Group presentation and meal was next on the agenda before the Chief had time to slow down.
Just another relaxing day out of the office!