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Traralgon Fire Brigade celebrates
One of the oldest institutions in Traralgon and the Latrobe Valley celebrates 125 years of protecting the lives and property of Traralgon, Latrobe Valley and Victorian residents.
Formally established in 1888 following several major fires, including a fire at Sanderson’s Tannery on 16 July 1886, a ‘hook and ladder brigade’ was recommended at the Traralgon and District Progress Association’s meeting on 7 September 1887.
The above information will be contained in a new book based on the 125 years service to the community by the Traralgon Fire Brigade. 125 years is a lot of history to source and to compile, so although orders will be taken now, the book may not be available until next year.
Traralgon Fire Brigade Officer in Charge Peter Lockwood said, “I have looked through some of the early copy of the book and it will be a very comprehensive look into the history of the brigade. The book will be a permanent record of where the brigade came from up to our modern day brigade and station.”
A weekend of celebration and acknowledgement will take place from Friday night 8 November when the brigade will host a 125th presentation function for current and past members, staff and kindred bodies, to reflect on the history of the brigade, along with an awards presentation attended by Chief Officer Euan Ferguson.
Mr Ferguson will also present members with the National Emergency Medal for those that served during the Gippsland and Black Saturday Bushfires in January and February 2009. This presentation, although fortuitous, will also be momentous for the history of the brigade.
On Saturday morning, 9 November, Traralgon Brigade’s newest addition to the fleet, the 42 Metre Rescue Ladder Platform, will be formally handed over to the brigade. In the afternoon a fire brigade competition amongst several Gippsland brigades’ will take place at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve with a torchlight procession through the Traralgon CBD at dusk.
The brigade will open it’s doors to the public on Sunday 10 November, with displays and station tours for the whole family.
Mr Lockwood said “We are really looking forward to celebrating this milestone year with the community and we have a massive weekend of events planned. It’s our way of saying thanks, as well as showing the community that our proud tradition continues, whilst we carry on the legacy of our founding members 125 years ago”.
Enquiries to: Operations Officer Peter Lockwood 0419 583 909.