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Faces of CFA: Phil McCosh

By: Faces of CFA

Category: People

  10.35 AM 17 May, 2017


Location: General

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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.

Phil McCosh, Koroit Fire Brigade

What is your brigade role?

I’m a firefighter.

Which CFA training did you get the most out of?

I enjoy using breathing apparatus.

Why did you join CFA?

To help those in need when they need help beyond their capabilities.

What do you do for a living outside of CFA?

I work in the dairy industry in the drying area at a dairy factory. It’s very different to my role at CFA.

How long have you been a member of CFA?

For 25 years. I had a lot of mates that joined before me and they coerced me into joining too. 

What incident has had the greatest positive impact on you and why?

That's a tough one. There've been so many varying from car accidents to house fires, some of which involved people I know.

What are some other incidents you’ve been involved in?

A charcoal chicken structure fire in Warrnambool, a hostel fire in Koroit, Black Saturday, and the Grampians and Gippsland fires

What are your hobbies?

Fishing, tending my garden and cooking.

What is your favourite thing about CFA?

The friendships you make and the experiences you have. We’re a fairly close-knit brigade with about 45 members on the books, perhaps a few more.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?

Just do it, you won't regret it. It’s very worthwhile and you get so much out of it.

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Last Updated: 17 May 2017