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More than a fair trade VIDEO
Volunteer Services Manager Tony Brown is a volunteer with some significant firsts under his belt.
He was the first CFA volunteer to lead a Victorian multi-agency interstate task force in support of the Tasmanian fire emergency earlier this year. In 2012, he was the first CFA volunteer to perform the role of Level 3 incident controller outside the bushfire environment at the large-scale Portland hazmat incident.
When Tony was chosen as one of the CFA members to attend the Australian Centre for the Moving Image digital storytelling workshop, the story he wanted to tell was about what being a CFA member means to him.
“I grew up in Boronia and Chelsea but didn’t know anything about CFA,” says Tony. “Even with a next-door neighbour who was the fire brigade captain, I didn’t know the members were volunteers.
“How do we bring CFA to the consciousness of all those people in the community who are like I was? We have to take every opportunity to let the wider community know about who CFA members are and what they do.
“I joined at 23 by default. Since then, I’ve given a lot of my life to CFA as an instructor, apparatus officer, lieutenant, deputy group officer and group officer, but I’ve been given so much in return.”
For that reason, Tony called his video “More than a fair trade”.