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Coldstream celebrates golden era
50 years of protecting lives and property has been celebrated by the dedicated men and women of the Coldstream Fire Brigade at an anniversary dinner this month.
The Golden Jubilee was also an opportunity to honour decades of service by brigade members to their local community.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson and CFA Eastern Metropolitan Regional Director Dave Baker recognised a combined total of 150 years service to the following members:
George Taylor, Graham Brown and Captain John Fenton
Chief Officer Ferguson presented Coldstream Captain John Fenton with a certificate commemorating the special anniversary, while a book cataloguing the history of the brigade, authored by Ex-Captain Robert Bethell, was also presented.
Captain Fenton said it was a proud night for the dedicated members of the brigade.
“It was a rare opportunity to reflect and celebrate the wonderful legacy of protecting our community for half a century,” Captain Fenton said.
A beautifully hand sewn quilt tracing the brigades origins from a tinshed station to today was accepted by Captain Fenton from Marie Brown.
Originally formed in 1939 as Lilydale Bush Fire Brigade, Coldstream became its own entity in 1963. However, firefighting in the area dates back as far as 1898.
Coldstream CFA has been involved in many large incidents over the past 50 years, including the 2009 Black Saturday fires and a blaze which destroyed the fire station itself in 2000.