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Tawonga celebrates 70 years
Large crowds from near and far celebrated the 70th anniversary of Tawonga brigade. To add to the success of the occasion, we were very pleased to welcome Chief Officer Euan Ferguson.
Tawonga brigade was formed on the 13 November 1942 and, unfortunately, its only surviving founding member, Keith Coad who’s in his nineties and in failing health, was unable to attend.
The brigade sponsored a community BBQ and put on a huge display of trucks, slip-on vehicles, trailers and equipment for the crowds to view. Wangaratta Training Group also gave a number of demonstrations throughout the day.
However, the fire extinguisher demonstration by Wangaratta PAD operator Stephen McDonald was almost usurped by six-year-old Thomas Wiffen (a fifth generation brigade member in the making) who pointed out to Stephen how to correctly use a fire extinguisher! See photo, below.
Euan presented a large number of long service medals, with members Rob Spargo, Harold Coad and John Ryder all receiving 40-year service medals.
On a less serious note, Euan also presented the brigade with a “one only, never to be repeated” certificate for having the best maintained rakehoes in Victoria! And to show his approval, Euan presented Captain Steve Rigoni with a Euan Ferguson special − a very sharp and well-maintained rakehoe to hang in the fire shed.
Euan, who’s also supporting Movember, had a neat, small moustache and was delighted to discuss the itchiness of growing a moustache with some of the younger members of the brigade who were also participating in Movember.
Story written by Sue Ryder.
Group photo (left to right): Adam Ryder, Ryan Maddison, Euan Ferguson, Matthew Ryder, Ken Edmondson and Phillip Ryder.