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Hardies Hill Fire Brigade – quiet achievers

  • Alan Clements enjoying the bagpipes
  • OO Malcolm Bruce on the bagpipes
  • Hardies Hill members keeping warm
  • Hardies Hill award recipients

By: Sarah Membrey

Category: Honours & Awards

  3.30 PM 31 August, 2016


Location: District 15 News

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Captain Alan Harrison gathered Hardies Hill brigade members for a meeting on 3 August.

It was a well attended meeting, because members wanted to ensure that proper acknowledgment was given to the recently-retired and long-serving brigade Secretary Alan Clements. He was being surprised with a special award.

Alan Clements did indeed receive a CFA Life Membership Medal for 40 years of service, but 13 other unsuspecting members were also awarded service medals.  And in all, three Hardies Hill members achieved CFA Life member status on the night, with Reginald Gillingham (40 years) and Andrew Donald (35 years) joining Alan Clements with this honour.

Hardies Hill is one of CFA’s many unassuming rural brigades. They go quietly about their business, and in the winter meet at Garibaldi Hall in front of the large fireplace (expertly lit by Group Officer Steve Hodgetts, also a Hardies Hill member). The December 2015 major fire at Scotsburn was in their area, with some members being personally impacted. Other members of the Buninyong Group, to which they belong, were also affected by the Scotsburn fire. But as you might expect, they provided a massive contribution in experience and time fighting the fire, and the follow-up thereafter. Modest events such as Hardies Hill’s awards presentation are more than what many brigades ask for, but an important opportunity to acknowledge the value and expertise brigades such as these provide.

The Operations Officer presenting the awards was Malcolm Bruce. He spoke about the CFA values both new and old, and reiterated their relevance and importance. He also shared his method for remembering them.

The current CFA values: STAIR (it doesn’t have to be in order!) - Safety, Respect, Together, Integrity, Adaptive.

CFA virtues of the Fire Star, which is the Cross of St John and based on the Maltese Cross:  “Try Some Lovely Eggs Down On Pete’s Garden” –Tact, Sympathy, Loyalty, Explicitness, Dexterity, Observation, Perseverance and Gallantry.

And it wouldn’t have been a meeting with the District 15 Scotsman, if Malcolm hadn’t treated Hardies Hill to a tiny concert of bagpipe tunes. After a tough year, it was lovely to see the expressions of delight shared at Garibaldi Hall that night.

                                                                                                                                       

 

Hardies Hill FB | 2016 Medal Recipients:

Name

Award Due

CHAPMAN, Heather

5 YEAR CERTIFICATE

DALLENGER, Glen

5 YEAR CERTIFICATE

MICHETTI, Stephen

5 YEAR CERTIFICATE

COLEMAN, Sean

10 YEAR MEDAL

FREEMAN, Nick

10 YEAR MEDAL

SEARE, Derek

10 YEAR MEDAL

WYLIE, Ian

15 YEAR MEDAL

FREEMAN, Sam

20 YEAR MEDAL

MEBBREY, Barry

20 YEAR MEDAL

ANDERSON, Craig

25 YEAR MEDAL

BOTT, Kevin

25 YEAR MEDAL

DONALD, Andrew

35 YEAR CFA LIFE MEMBER MEDAL

CLEMENTS, Alan

40 YEAR CFA LIFE MEMBER MEDAL

GILLINGHAM, Reginald

40 YEAR CFA LIFE MEMBER MEDAL

Last Updated: 31 August 2016