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Euroa celebrates 125 years of service
There were three days of celebrations in June to commemorate 125 years by one of the region’s strongest and most highly-respected fire brigades.
By Anthony Cini
On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Euroa Fire Brigade put on quite a show for the local community and several former members of the brigade.
Around 1,000 people gathered for the Friday night torchlight procession. The large crowd packed the Euroa Memorial Oval to watch 16 brigades including Nagambie, Shepparton, Molka, Strathbogie, Benalla, Mooroopna, Mansfield, Seymour, Broadford, Wallan and Kelvin View, march with the Euroa Citizens Band into the precinct, proudly led by Euroa brigade.
Then a fireworks display, the first in Euroa for 25 years, lit up the sky and was a huge hit with the crowd.
Later on Friday evening, Euroa brigade hosted brigade members at a function at the George Hunter Rooms at the Memorial Oval, where presentations were made to Euroa Juniors.
A 125th gala dinner, catered by Euroa Primary School, was held on Saturday night for around 130 people, who were entertained by the hilarious Singers for Hire group. Awards were handed out throughout the evening including for brigade service and life memberships, Euroa Firefighter of the Year (awarded to Second Lieutenant Tyson Thomson) and National Medals.
On Sunday, the brigade opened its fire station to more than 300 people for a family fun day which included face painting and a jumping castle for the kids, educational activities and attractions, as well as displays of old trucks and District 22’s rehab unit, and a display about community safety.
Euroa Fire Brigade Captain Damon Rieusset said it was quite an achievement to make it to 125 years.
“The support and recognition Euroa brigade has received over the past\ few years has been second to none,” Damon said.
“Our aim has always been to serve the community in any way we can, and the 125th celebrations were an opportunity to thank the community for their support by bringing them into our world and putting on a show that people will, hopefully, be talking about for a long time.”
A 125th year history book was produced by the brigade containing stories and photos from the past.
Photos courtesy of Euroa Gazette