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Kilmore FB Awards Night
Medals and awards recognising a total of more than 775 years of service were presented to Kilmore Fire Brigade members last Saturday 4 May, on an evening that also saw the presentation of a National Medal awarded and the recognition of six local employers.
Captain David Williams reported that eleven members had attended more than 50 calls and three had attended more than 128 calls, with 74 per cent of those occurring during the working week.
“This represents an enormous contribution by the employers of those firefighters,” he said.
“We’ve awarded Certificates of Appreciation to the Kilmore International School, Leading Edge Computers, Blue Cross, and Tallarook Water Tankers, M&M Ryan Earthmoving and Wright’s Earthmoving.
The function, held at Kilmore Trackside, was attended by CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, District 12 Operations Manager Peter Creak, District 12 Operations Officer John Smith, Brigade Administrative Support Officer Nicole Conway, members’ families, local employers, and representatives from nearby Wallan and Broadford brigades.
Justin Dally received the National Medal, while Steve Brooker and Greg Murphy (both former captains), Robert Hiscock, and Justin Dally were all awarded Life Membership of the Kilmore Fire Brigade.
John Scicluna won the 2013 Graham Robinson Shield – Member of the year. Anthony Archer and Rod Dally were joint winners of the 2012 Shield. Grant Rawlin won the 2013 Kilmore Fire Brigade Recruit of the year with Scott Trueman taking that same honour for 2012.
“I’d like to thank all who attended and hope they enjoyed the camaraderie, the delicious food and the excellent venue,” said David.
David said that the brigade had attended 198 callouts (a figure that has since risen to 204) of which 52 per cent were actual fires, eight per cent hazardous materials incidents, eight per cent motor vehicle accidents. He also noted that 32 per cent were false alarms, and several were from out of control burn offs.
“Although the temperatures have cooled and days are getting shorter the brigade has been called to several out of control burn-offs,” he said.
“We remind landholders and residents that although the official Fire Danger Period is over there are local council by-laws that restrict burning off without permits in township areas to Wednesday and Saturday between 10.00am and 3pm.
“Permits can be obtained from the Shire and anyone burning off, whether it requires a permit or not, should register the burn with VicFire by calling 1800668511 before lighting up so that the local Brigades, who are all unpaid volunteers, are not called out unnecessarily.”
Recipients of awards (As pictured in group photo below): front L-R Paul Duff, Grant Rawlin, Steve Brooker, Robert Hiscock, Tracy Avery, Cheryl Hearn, Ashleigh Avery, Lorraine Trethowan, John fatchen, Annette Mendelson, Russell Court, Andrea Bastow, Scott Trueman, Chris Bastow, Robert Wigg, Bill Neuman. Middle John Dixon, Justin Dally, Dianne Dixon, John Scicluna, Anthony Archer, Norm Cottier, Chris Crabtree, John Wood, Don Dowson, Mat White, Clint Stubbs. Back Rod Dally, Tim Tingiri, Greg Murphy, Hayden Dally, David Williams, Cameron Stute, missing Warren Duff.