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Yackandandah balances experience and youth
The January meeting of Yackandandah Fire Brigade saw one of its longest-serving members presented with a 50-year service medal by District 24 Operations Manager Paul King.
By John McIntyre
Rob Schmidt joined the brigade in 1966 and was a lieutenant for 14 years.
Over the past 20 years (since the beginning of electronic records) he attended 72 fires. He also extended his involvement with CFA by taking on a district role in relation to critical incident stress, peer support and counselling.
Rob is a typical example of the amount of time and energy volunteers put into community activities and the Yackandandah community owes Rob sincere gratitude for his willing contribution to its safety.
Succession planning is a vital part of any organisation, and the brigade is fortunate to have a pride of new and young members in its ranks.
At the recent Tangambalanga fire, four of the five crew in the main tanker were under 30 years of age. Older members cannot remember this happening in the history of the brigade.
When youth is combined with enthusiasm and willingness to learn, it augurs well for the brigade’s future.