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Moores' 50-year boost to Myrtleford
Vicky and Allan Moore have been part of the Myrtleford CFA brigade longer than most people would remember, serving for more than 50 years in various capacities.
The pair look back on their time in the CFA very fondly, with Allan having joined in 1960 at just 16 years of age, and Vicki becoming involved with the brigade once engaged to Allan several years later.
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Some of Mr Moore’s earliest call-outs were to tobacco kiln fires, which he also describes as among the toughest to deal with from a firefighting perspective. The kilns by nature were very dry and went up in flames extremely easily due to their primitive cooking systems and he is now able to look back at this time with a chuckle, as one tobacco farmer lost seven of his kilns in a week.
Mr Moore describes a service station fire in the mid-1970s as his most memorable firefighting experience. He arrived at the scene “in an old Chev truck” to a massive inferno and he was immediately struck with how it looked. “It was just like in the movies,” he recalled.
The fire, which took several hours to bring under control, still remains vivid in his memory today and he labelled it the most dangerous he has attended due to its explosive nature.
In 1983 Mr Moore became captain of the brigade, a title he held for 24 years, and his knowledge on fires is vast, casting light on the fact there is much more to putting out a fire than there appears. He has seen the importance of remaining vigilant all year round and bushfires aren’t the only concern for the CFA, as the town needs to be monitored.
While Mr Moore was out fighting fires, his partner and the other CFA ladies would be busily catering, which was arguably no less important. She would help whoever needed it, whether it be fire crews in Mudgegonga or Buffalo River.
For Mrs Moore, the biggest change over the years has been the technology, which has made the job easier and more streamlined.
Speaking of the recent fire situation, she said the conditions this year reminded her of Black Saturday in 2009, due to a similar number of calls and similar weather conditions being experienced, especially one day where lightning strikes resulted in a number of fires breaking out in the area.
The brigade is in the Moores’ blood now, and the former brigade captain is certain many others feel the same way. A major reason the pair has enjoyed their time so much is down to the relationships they have built with fellow members, with Mr Moore speaking of the “comradeship with the guys”, who are “terrific people”.
Ovens Valley CFA Group Officer and colleague Don Downey heaped praise upon the Moores for their service to the brigade and district. According to him, Mrs Moore is “the backbone of the group”, and always “at the forefront of everything”.
He views Mr Moore as a quiet achiever, these days doing lots of driving behind the scenes while being an excellent confidante for himself and others.
Mr Downey encapsulated their commitment to the brigade and 50 years’ service, stating: “They are always there; they’re what the CFA is made of.”