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Colin swaps country life for the beachside

  • Captain John Toohey presents Colin with a Certificate of Appreciation
  • Operations Officer Anthony Pearce with Colin Pryor
  • Colin Pryor

By: Irene Keating

Category: Honours & Awards

  12.05 PM 19 April, 2016


Location: District 15 News

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After 42 years as an active firefighter with Wallace Fire Brigade, Colin Pryor has decided to step down and move to the coast.

Colin devoted 30 of his 42 years with the brigade as the Communications Officer and 12 years as Equipment Maintenance Officer.

CFA District 15 Operations Officer Anthony Pearce recently presented Colin with his 40-year service medal, and thanked him for his long and dedicated service.

Colin proudly accepted the medal saying that he had enjoyed all 42 years of service. He said he had attended many incidents including wildfire, structure fires, and sadly many vehicle accidents on the busy Western Highway. His volunteer career began when Austin fire trucks were in service and Colin has seen many changes over the years.   

Colin was passionate about getting the township of Wallace and the surrounding area cleaned up and freefrom fire hazards. The old railway station site is one example of this, and he pursued VLine, VicRoads and council for several years until the area was cleaned up. He ensured the annual roadside slashing was carried out to the required standard each year.

A valued member of the brigade and the Wallace community, Colin believes that the success of the brigade is due to the good people who freely give their time to their community.

Captain of Wallace Fire Brigade, John Toohey, also presented Colin with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the brigade and thanked him for being such a great brigade member.

Last Updated: 20 April 2016