At least 3 marching bands will accompany firefighters throughout the procession.
The torchlight parade in Victoria is based on tradition. A large number of volunteer firefighters in uniform or turnout gear, carrying lighted open wicked lamps march through a town or city at night. A number of marching bands are interspersed within the parade.
It is a very spectacular sight.
The 2013 Knox Group of Fire Brigades Torchlight march will finish at the Ferntree Gully football oval, Brenock Park Drive, where the Knox Festival will be in action.
Traditionally, large crowds gather along the parade route and at the oval to greet the firefighters. Shortly after arrival at the football ground, there will be a spectacular fireworks display. All brigades and bands then return to Ferntree Gully Fire Station to continue the night’s celebrations with friendly and welcoming CFA families. ….time to enjoy a meal and a drink too!
We anticipate that we will have 20-25 volunteer brigades (more than 250 volunteer firefighters) and 3 bands involved on the night.
The Knox Fire Brigades Group covers the entire City of Knox which has a population of over 150,000 citizens. It comprises seven volunteer brigades and one staff / volunteer integrated brigade.
Individual volunteer brigades in Knox have turnout statistics of 300-600 calls per year.
Even although 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be presented to the brigades on the night which display marching excellence and presentation skills, all brigades will be warmly welcomed regardless of their marching ability.
The emphasis on the night will be to show the public the fighting power of the volunteers of the CFA and to allow the public to show their appreciation for the never-ending work done by volunteer firefighters.
Camaraderie amongst firefighters is an important aspect of this event.
Junior brigades marching alone or with brigade firefighters are most welcome.