The roadshow is part of the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention project. The photos, taken by photographer and CFA volunteer Blair Dellemijn, form part of a suite of resources that will be delivered over the course of the project.
The three-day trip included stops at six brigades.
Mitchell Watson, Volunteer Sustainability Officer, shares his experience.
“The trip began at Narre Warren were we were greeted by some of their firefighters, members of the catering team as well as the brigade historian, Robin Anderson. A stop down the road in Bunyip had been planned, yet it has been a tough time for their area recently and they unfortunately were forced to call off due to operational activity. We are grateful for their commitment to helping protect their community.
“Briagolong brigade was bustling with almost 20 members, including new recruit Andy James who has recently started his minimum skills training, as well as members who have been in the brigade for many years. Firefighter Marilyn Benton spoke of the first time she joined a brigade in 1991, where she was the only female, which is quite the contrast to Briagolong’s almost equal gender representation today.
“At the furthest brigade of the trip, just past Bairnsdale in Johnsonville, we started the day’s shoot with a sausage sizzle, which drew in members and their families regardless of the wet and windy day. We spoke to Rebecca Coombes who joined the brigade eight months ago after hearing stories from the captain who she worked with. She is now the Tambo Group Secretary.