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Join the team at Fire Services Museum
If you want to take your passion for the fire services in a new direction, why not get involved in the 100 per cent volunteer Fire Services Museum?
“Women, men, members of any age, we welcome anyone who wants to make a difference to a community organisation,” said museum secretary Tim Hughes.
“There’s no minimum time requirement – we just ask people to give us the time they can spare. The biggest issue is finding the right balance between work, family and their other community engagement commitments and that’s a challenge CFA members know all about.”
When most members think of the museum they no doubt think of the trucks, and there are some beauties among the more-than 60 vehicles. These range from an 1851 Lady Don Merryweather horse-drawn manual pumper through Lulu, the 1947 Austin tanker, to the 1975 M series Bedford tanker.
While many of the vehicles – both MFB and CFA – are owned by the museum, others are on loan. Some are fully operational and self-propelled, but others are in various states of maintenance and restoration at the old Newport Rail Workshop under the care, once again, of volunteers.
Some of the later models are simply retired vehicles still in their prime and remain on the reserve fleet list, ready to get their motors running during major bushfires.
“Our volunteers take some of our vehicles to special events like the Echuca Steam Rally, brigade anniversary dinners or torchlight parades,” continued Tim, “but not all our volunteer opportunities are vehicle related.
“We have volunteers performing tasks from general cleaning and administration, and we’re always looking for more people to conduct tours. The more information and passion we can pass on, the better chance we have of preserving our history.
“There are also opportunities for volunteers interested in archiving and research. We have large photo, equipment and uniform collections and all of it needs to be cared for and catalogued.
“For a lot of our volunteers, the social aspect of the museum is just as important as the tasks they carry out. They share yarns of yesteryear and we all learn the nuts and bolts of what the fire services were about.”
Fire Services Museum
39 Gisborne St, East Melbourne
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