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Green Lake celebrates 75th anniversary

  • Captain Alistair Brooksby and Acting ACO Phil Beasley with the 75th anniversary plaque.
  • Three generations of Dumesny Firefighters - Len, Maurice and Luke.
  • Three generations of Dumesny Firefighters with the old Austin tanker.
  • The brigade with past and present vehicles.
  • Award recipients from Green Lake Fire Brigade.

By: Louise McGillivray

Category: Honours & Awards

  3.48 PM 26 August, 2015

Location: District 17 News

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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.

CFA vehicles:

Brigade-owned vehicles:


K5 International


First Tanker 2




Second Tanker 2


4WD International


Tanker 2 decommissioned




Third Tanker 2 Isuzu 1.2.4D


Hino 3.4D


Fire stations

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.

Major Fires

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

10 years

15 Years

20 Years

Greg Eagle

Josh Fischer

Colin Hepburn

Joshua Liston

Nicholas Liston

Glenn Margetts

Bryan Matuschka

Cameron Mibus

Jarrod Mibus

Alex Miller

Nerida Oliver

Patrick Hernon   

Michelle Mibus

Ben Peucker

Aaron Bone

Craig Zaal

25 Years

30 Years

35 Years

Tom Liston

Alistair Brooksby

Adrian Butler

Keith Fischer

Jeff Kelm

Graeme Oliver

Colin Fischer

Daryl Hill

Murray Hill

Peter Hill

Chris Johns

Glenn Mibus

Graeme Miller

John Robinson

40 Years

45 Years

50 Years

James Delahunty

Russell Peucker

Ken Croser

Des Laverty

Rob Kelm


Certificates Awarded by the Green Lake Fire Brigade

Long Service Certificate

Recognition of Service Certificate

Jack Brennan

Barry Brooksby

Bernie Gross

Kevin Matuschka

Howard Rodda

Ron Semmler

Fred Uebergang

Marg Uebergang

Barry Gross

Geoff Bottrall

Ian Fischer – Posthumously

Karen Fischer

Ron Goudie

Robert Kuhne

Kevin Lane

Robert McGennisken – Posthumously

Andy Wood

Last Updated: 26 August 2015