Kiewa's pre-season tradition puts family first

For 10 years Kiewa Fire Brigade members have taken a pre-summer fire season family trip to Lightning Creek in the Mitta Mitta State Forest.


Each year 30 to 40 members of the brigade pack up their caravans and camping gear for a family-friendly weekend away. 

The rules are simple: no phones, no pagers, and each family must cook a meal to share - and of course help with the clean up afterwards.

“One of the biggest reasons people leave brigades, especially as they move from juniors to seniors, is that it’s no longer fun,” Kiewa Brigade Captain Aaron Wallace said.

“We hold a few social events throughout the year, including away trips that cater for the non-campers.

“It’s a great way for us to bond as a group, encourage new members and ensure our long-term viability.” 

This year the brigade also invited surrounding brigades including Yakandanda, Wodonga West and Bonegilla to come along for a spot of fishing, gold panning and simply having fun. 

“It was great to have members from other brigades on the trip so we could get to know each other before we potentially work together on the fireground,” Aaron said.

“It was a good relaxing weekend prior to what could be a long, hot, drawn out fire season.” 

Author: Shaunnagh O'Loughlin