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Fenton's Creek truck handover
On Sunday 13 October 2013, The Hon. Peter Walsh MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, handed over the keys of the new Hino fire truck to Tony Coombes, First Lieutenant of the Fenton’s Creek Fire Brigade.
Story and photos from Sue and Leigh Sutton
Tony thanked everyone for coming along and spoke on behalf of the brigade his appreciation for the new truck and the brigade’s future. Local fire brigade members and their families came along to the handover and enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Peter Walsh, who grew up near Boort, spoke of his days as secretary of the Jarklin Fire Brigade and the importance of the fire brigade to each community. He also spoke highly of the Fenton’s Creek RFB, their dedication to the CFA and their deserving of this state-of-the-art four-wheel-drive Hino valued at over $400,000.
Peter gave a brief history of the brigade’s fire trucks: the first truck allocated to the brigade was a Chevrolet in the 1950s, followed by an Austin then a more modern Isuzu which was in operation for 25 years. The new truck has, as its highest priority, crew safety.
Peter Taylor, Operations Officer for the Kerang District, spoke of his high regard for the Fenton’s Creek Fire Brigade and their commitment to the maintenance of their machinery. The location of the brigade in the region and its close proximity to a major highway were significant factors in it being presented with this new truck.
Peter also expressed his admiration for Captain Richard Stephenson and his hard work and dedication to the brigade. It was people like Richard who gave CFA confidence in assigning a truck of this calibre to an active brigade. Peter sent his well wishes to Richard as he continues his battle in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne after collapsing several weeks ago.