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Faces of CFA: Tom Borjanov
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.
Tom Borjanov, Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
What is your brigade role?
I’m a firefighter.
Why did you join CFA?
I joined after having a very close encounter with a bushfire in Glenmaggie in 2013 on a family camping trip. I watched the local CFA and many more brigades race to render assistance to a community in desperate need. I felt the need to provide a service to the community so I joined my local CFA.
What do you do for a living outside of CFA?
I’m an apprentice plumber.
How long have you been a member of CFA?
What incident has had the greatest positive impact on you and why?
It would be my first internal attack in a going house fire. I knew on the way to the call that all the training I had done had come down to this call. After an aggressive internal attack, we were able to bring the fire under control quickly. It was a positive experience watching CFA and MFB work so closely together and to know that the months of training had paid off.
What are your hobbies?
Water skiing and fishing
What is your favourite thing about CFA?
It's like having a second family when you join your local brigade. You will form lifetime friendships and learn something new every time you walk in the door or jump on a truck for a call.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?
Don't hold back, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done!
Do you know a CFA member other members would love to read about? Complete this question-and-answer form with them, adding plenty of detail about their time in CFA and the role they play in their community. Please then submit it with a photo so we can feature them as our member of the week.