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Santa’s little helpers out in force
Christmas is right around the corner, and CFA brigades are giving the reindeers a well-earned rest, helping Santa to deliver early gifts to a few very lucky children!
The annual Santa run is a long held tradition for many CFA brigades leading up to Christmas.
Old St Nick has already been spotted on the back of several CFA trucks, visiting local schools, kindergartens, community organisations and parties to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.
Doreen and Eaglehawk are just a couple of CFA brigades who have already had a visit, ahead of what is sure to be a busy Christmas Eve!
Broadford Fire Brigade’s Gaybrielle Burgess said their brigade’s annual Santa run around town is one of the best ways they can give back to their local community.
“The smiles on the kids’ faces – and the big kids too – make it all worth it!” she said.
“Santa picks up most of his supplies for the run from the Nestle factory nearby, so it’s all about giving back to our local community.”
Inevitably, Santa’s visits can be interrupted by the call of duty. One year the Broadford brigade had Santa sitting plumply on the back of their truck, when the pager went off for a sleeper fire on the train tracks.
“The kids were told Santa would be right back,” Gaybrielle recalls.
“And then we had to go through the middle of town to get to the job. What a sight!”
The elves quickly changed into turnout gear and did a fantastic job, all under Santa’s watchful eye.
“When the incident was over we took Santa back to where we had left the kids, they were very understanding of course,” Gaybrielle said.
For some brigades, taking part in carols by candlelight or local community parties is the best way to share in their community’s festivities.
Taradale Fire Brigade for instance organises the town’s annual carols event, which includes a visit from Santa and performances by local primary school kids.
“We have a local Christmas choir that is organised each year, and the primary school kids also get up and perform carols,” said brigade member Robert Schomacker.
“Later on we present the brigade-sponsored Taradale Citizen of the Year Award, which is a nice way to tie everything together.”
Up in the North East, CFA’s Rushworth Fire Brigade hosts the town’s Christmas Eve party each year, which attracts hundreds of locals and visitors to the fire station.
“Heading to Rushy Fire Station on Christmas Eve is a decades-old tradition for our community, and it still weaves its magic,” said brigade member Cass Alexander.
“We have dodgem cars, jumping castles, fairy floss, raffles and Santa stops by – complete with lots of presents for the children of course!”
To find out what’s happening in your area, contact your local brigade.
Thanks to Santa’s little helpers, we also have a few hints about which brigades Santa will be visiting this Christmas Eve! Keep an eye out if you live near:
- Bairnsdale Fire Brigade
- Barwon Heads Fire Brigade
- Belmont Fire brigade
- Boolarra Fire Brigade
- Buxton Fire Brigade
- Eynesbury Fire Brigade
- Jeparit Fire Brigade
- Romsey Fire Brigade
- Seville Rural Fire Brigade
- Teesdale Fire Brigade
- The Basin Fire Brigade