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HMAS Ballarat Anzac Eve BBQ
5.42 PM 26 April, 2013
Location: District 15 News
Eureka Group volunteers have proved that the Anzac spirit is alive and well by hosting crew from HMAS Ballarat at the Wendouree Fire Station for an Anzac eve friendly BBQ Wednesday 24th April 2013.
On the eve of the day that Australia stops to commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to soldiers who fought and died in war a BBQ was organised by Eureka Group. The purpose was to come together with families after the fire season and to host sailors from the HMAS Ballarat that were visiting Ballarat for Anzac Day activities.
Crew from HMAS Ballarat made a presentation of a plaque to Eureka Group Officer Bill Cook and showed a brief video of life on board the HMAS Ballarat highlighting activities undertaken in the last 12 months which was well received by all that attended.
Firefighters from A Platoon from Ballarat City Fire Station showed crews over its two pumpers whilst members from the Wendouree Fire Brigade provided a tour of the station and its firefighting appliances and equipment. As Wendouree Fire Brigade has a very successful competition team – the cabinets full of trophies was a great talking point and subject of interest for crew from the HMAS Ballarat.
HMAS Ballarat crew were also very interested in CFA firefighting turnout gear and were very eager to learn more of the fires that volunteers and staff attended over summer.
HMAS Ballarat is an ANZAC class frigate (FFH) it was commissioned 26 June 2004 and is the second Royal Australian Navy ship to bear the name. The Ballarat is a long – range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. It has a complement of 173 crew on board.
Eureka Group Officer Bill Cook said “It is hoped that an Anzac eve BBQ will become an annual event and tradition for the Eureka Group Brigades with HMAS Ballarat crew grateful for the hospitality and home style BBQ in a friendly environment keen to return.”