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Green Lake celebrates 75th anniversary
In July, Green Lake Fire Brigade, formerly the Horsham South Bush Fire Brigade, celebrated its 75th anniversary of firefighting in the district.
Horsham South Bush Fire Brigade was formed in 1940 in response to the disastrous 1938-39 Wimmera bush fires. Initial brigade equipment included six knapsacks and 50 fire beaters, then a 200-gallon galvanised iron tank.
In 1946 the brigade joined the Country Fire Authority and purchased its first motorised fire truck.
Horsham South Rural Bush Fire Brigade became the first brigade in the state to lose a member while fighting a fire and claimed insurance from CFA in the 1948-49 fire season.
In 1958 Laharum separated and became a separate fire brigade.
In 1963 the name was changed to Green Lake Rural Fire Brigade.
First Tanker 2
Second Tanker 2
Tanker 2 decommissioned
Third Tanker 2 Isuzu 1.2.4D
The first fire shed was built in 1952 on the property of A Varley. The current fire shed was opened in 1987 on the property of Bob Blake near Green Lake.
Tanker 2 was initially housed at Tom Hill’s property at St Helens Plains. When the new main shed was built, the original shed was moved to Harold Fischer’s property at St Helens Plains to house Tanker 2. In 1996 this shed was moved to Tom Hill’s property.
1938 – Black Friday fires in the Black Forest and west Grampians area.
2002 – Dock Lake Reserve fire.
2009 – Black Saturday Remlaw fire.
2014 – Northern Grampians Complex fires.
CFA Service Awards
Certificates Awarded by the Green Lake Fire Brigade
Long Service Certificate
Recognition of Service Certificate
Ian Fischer – Posthumously
Robert McGennisken – Posthumously