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Quadrella for Blackwood Fire Brigade
Last Saturday, 26 November Blackwood Fire Brigade celebrated another successful year of community service and firefighting.
The scenic views over Donegan’s Farm set the backdrop for what promised to be another successful presentation dinner.
The event is always a highlight of the brigade’s social calendar and is a great chance for members to come together and celebrate the brigade’s achievements over the past year.
Ballan Group Officer, Shane Cramer was the MC for the evening and special guests Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas and DCO Alen Slijepcevic gave short speeches.
As well as indulging in a delicious homemade 3 course meal, a number of awards were also presented.
District 15 Operations Manager Brett Boatman had the privilege of presenting the following members with their awards:
Ross Hall 10 year medal
Lloyd Henderson 15 year medal
Ken Whiffin 25 year medal
John (Ian) Stewart
Commendation for Service
In recognition of his courage attending a fatal car accident and providing comfort to a severely injured patient while waiting for emergency crews.
On the night the brigade also celebrated the official hand over of a new Ultralight Tanker.
The Nissan Patrol Ultra-Light vehicle, which cost $114,000, was acquired through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) in the 2014 application round.
The brigade also raised $17,333.00 towards the purchase of the vehicle which will be used to support the Blackwood Fire Brigade with the wide range of incidents they attend each year.
The new Ultralight Tanker is a much stronger than their previous vehicle and is built to tackle rough terrain. It will serve the immediate brigade area in the Wombat State Forest and Lerderderg State Park, as well as delivering increased water and enhanced fire suppression capability to surrounding communities.
All in all the night was a huge success and a great celebration of the brigade's past and present service to the community.