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Trucks draw Adam to South Morang
For South Morang member Adam Bain, CFA is all about the trucks, trucks, trucks.
Adam moved with his parents from New Zealand to Preston in Melbourne: MFB territory. One of his hobbies is to draw emergency services vehicles he sees on agency websites. In this way, he made his way to South Morang brigade and their Scania P320 pumper.
“Adam posted a drawing of the pumper on our brigade’s Facebook page after seeing it on our website,” explained 2nd Lieutenant Nathan Shell. “In March I invited him to come out with us for a day when we did a tour of Plenty Gorge with MFB. There were about 10 vehicles there on the day so I think he enjoyed himself.”
Adam has now become a non-operational brigade member who may well be tasked with doing inventories of the trucks.
“I’ve got mild to moderate autism,” said Adam, “and a photographic memory. I’m very good at remembering registration plates, the makes and models of the trucks and how many gallons of water and foam they carry. I know what chassis they have and where they were manufactured.”
He attends training every Monday night and has been challenged by activities such as draughting from a local lake, pulling the high pressure hose line and coupling to a hydrant.
He always takes his camera to the fire station to take more photos of his equal-favourite CFA vehicle, working from them to create more drawings. “I also like the Hoppers Crossing rear-mounted pumper,” he said. “I just like the look of it.”
Adam has managed to keep his place as South Morang member number 46 even after confessing that his ultimate favourite is MFB’s Pumper 1A stationed at their headquarters.
But it’s not just Australian fire trucks that appeal to Adam. Using the Microsoft Paint program and drawing with a mouse, he may spend up to eight hours on each drawing of vehicles from the Victorian State Highway Patrol, Formula 1 and V8 supercars as well as fire trucks from the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada.
He has featured on the BBC news showing his drawings of London Fire Brigade trucks with his work also written about in Modena, Pennsylvania. He has received memorabilia including patches and t-shirts from emergency services around the world and has been declared an honorary brigade captain at Martins Ferry in Ohio.
It’s hard to top South Morang Fire Brigade, however, who have made him one of their own.
“My parents are really rapt,” said Adam. “I’m really rapt too and a little surprised.”
With between 350 and 400 turnouts a year for his brigade, there will be plenty more lights and sirens in Adam’s future.
Adam’s drawings can all be viewed at his myspace page: www.myspace.com/artworkbyadam.