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Proud young Ballarat member VIDEO
Since joining Ballarat Fire Brigade five years ago as a junior, Kimberley Kelly has been working out how to balance full time school and now university with brigade training and callouts.
“I’ve been around CFA since I was four,” says Kimberley, “because my stepdad has been involved for 20-plus years. I’ve grown up around the Ballarat members and just known CFA to be there forever.
“It’s been a big transition from it being a fun trip to go down to the station and see the trucks leave to actually being on the back of one of those trucks as it turns out to an incident.”
Kimberley was one of the CFA members chosen to take part in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image digital storytelling workshop earlier this year. She chose to tell a story about her CFA Ballarat Fire Brigade family and what being a member has meant to her.
“We have 77 members including 14 juniors and the brigade turns out between 500 and 600 times a year,” says Kimberley.
“Every time I go to the fire station I’m enriched by the history. I love showing people around the station on open days and during heritage weekends. It’s a really beautiful building full of memorabilia and it makes me feel so proud.
“Ballarat brigade is a community where we look after each other and we always work as a team.”