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Telstra donation goes a long way
Passionate CFA firey Graeme Mckimmie was one happy man when he discovered he was the lucky winner of Telstra’s recent My CFA competition.
Graeme joined the Wollert brigade when he was 16 years old and has never looked back. Now at 57 years old he is the 2nd lieutenant and more involved than ever.
“I can’t imagine not being part of the brigade,” said Graeme.
“It is a very interesting and rewarding job, especially now the area is changing so much with all the new developments.”
The Wollert brigade attends around 180 call outs per year and has around 20 active members.
The brigade has come a long way from the rural bushfire brigade it used to be, and now attends a diverse range of incidents including house fires, motor vehicle accidents and grassfires.
“The community comes to us for fire safety information and we need to make sure we give them the best possible advice,” he said.
“When one of our female firefighters told me about the My CFA competition promoted by Telstra, I was stoked and made sure I signed up straight away.”
The My CFA competition ran from 3 to 28 January across 30 Telstra stores. Everyone who signed up to My CFA, a newsletter with tailored fire safety messages and notifictaions of local fire safety events, had a chance to win one of four home fire safety kits and the first prize winner could also nominate a brigade to receive $1000 donated by Telstra.
When Graeme found out he won first prize and was able to nominate his own brigade to receive the prize money he couldn’t wait to tell the crew.
“The money comes at the right time as we were trying to raise enough money to be able to upgrade our training and BA room before winter hits,” he said.
“What started as a tin shed on a farm, the Wollert station has come a long way.
“In 1982 we got power and a concrete floor and in 2002 we got a kitchen and toilet. This money will go a long way to ensuring we are better equipped to handle the growing demands of our community.
“We have been relying on council grants and community donations so this prize money is very exciting for our brigade.
“We have seen a large population boom over the past few years and with that has seen an increased fire risk, so it’ll be great to get the chance to upgrade some of our facilities before winter.
“We would like to thank Telstra for their generous donation and for hosting the My CFA competition in their stores. This money will be invaluable to our brigade.”