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Clunes brigade FCV handover
On Sunday 28July, Clunes brigade members joined Simon Ramsay MLC, Western Victoria, and Geoffrey Gray, District 15 Operations Manager, at Clunes Fire Station to officially hand over a field command vehicle.
The FCV was received in October 2012, but due to the busy fire season the official handover was put on hold. Over the fire season the FCV was used and proved the importance of having an appliance in the area.
The FCV wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from the brigade's fundraising and the generosity of the local community to put $20,000 towards the VESEP grant.
The morning started with MC Lindsay Pritchard welcoming guests, members and dignitaries to Clunes Fire Station, then handed over to Operations Manager Geoffrey Gray who spoke about the advantages of having an appliance like the FCV, not just for the brigade/community but also for the Ballarat Group and District 15.
Geoffrey Gray then formally welcomed and introduced Simon Ramsay to speak. Simon gave an overview of his background, including his involvement with his local brigade, expressing the understanding of the brigade's efforts in fundraising. Simon also gave an overview of the Clunes brigade and the FCV.
Simon officially presented the keys to Bradley Veal, Clunes brigade captain, who thanked Simon on behalf of the brigade.
After the official proceedings, Lindsay invited guests to the refreshments including the morning tea generously donated by O’Hara’s @ Clunes Bakery.