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The main street of Maffra came alive on a beautiful winter’s day to celebrate the 100 years of service provided by the Maffra Fire Brigade.
On Saturday 16 August, the normally serene shopping strip was lined with shop stalls and locals who had come from far and wide to see a cavalcade of historic and new fire vehicles parade before them. The Maffra Brass Band led the members of the brigade and their Junior team before the vehicles followed along.
Local Police blocked intersections to allow the parade to continue safely with narration of the occasion being broadcast by a well-known ex Maffra member Operations Officer Peter Lockwood in the town rotunda.
Everybody gathered outside the fire station to see an inspection of uniformed members and various awards were handed out to well deserving recipients some quite unexpectedly.
The new bell tower was officially declared complete and a plaque unveiled. The brigades new book “We strive to save – 100 years of the Maffra Fire Brigade” was also released and copies are available for $40 from the brigade (great read, well worth the purchase price).
The youngest and the oldest member of the brigade cut a cake together in honour of the event. Traralgon Ladder Platform was raised to capture a high view profile shot of the members and the station just before the skies started to cloud over.
Big and little kids enjoyed climbing over the historic vehicles mostly supplied with thanks to the Fire Services Museum of Victoria with matching vintage drivers dressed up as well.
Maffra brigades own Graham Brothers tanker was also on display and a mighty fine job has been completed bringing it back to life.
The festivities continued late into the night with an evening meal and a chance for everyone to sit back, chat and relax after a great event was coming to a close.