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Faces of CFA: David Hoskin
What binds CFA members is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch. Every member has a story and Faces of CFA introduces you to just some of those stories.
David Hoskin, Geelong West Fire Brigade
What is your brigade role?
I’m currently a volunteer firefighter and HR manager. I’ve also been the foreman for one year, 2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant and captain.
Why did you join CFA?
Mates at the time encouraged me to join
What do you do for a living outside of CFA?
I retired two years ago at age 55 to undertake a bit of travel around Australia with the caravan and spent six months on the road in 2016 touring the east coast. I’m currently helping out with babysitting the grandkids.
How long have you been a member of CFA?
I joined July 1979.
What incident has had the greatest impact on you and why?
Our brigade unfortunately lost five firefighters and mates at Linton in 1998 and this would be the hardest situation I faced during my time as an officer. We will never forget the guys, but to see the advancement in training and safety of trucks since this terrible incident is gratifying.
The support of CFA during this time to the members and the families was outstanding.
As for a positive impact, I think about numerous house fires where we stopped the spread of fire to further areas of the building or stopped it spreading to neighbouring properties.
What are your hobbies?
Camping, caravanning, four-wheel driving and the grandkids.
What is your favourite thing about CFA?
The volunteer family, and seeing young volunteers coming in and stepping up to operational roles.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?