Celebrating the 30th
CFA volunteers and community members marked the 30th anniversary of the Corio brigade last weekend.
More than 50 people attended the event at the Shell Club in Corio, including CFA Board member Beth Davidson OAM and inaugural member Steve Waugh.
Corio Captain Benjamin Lane has been with the brigade for 20 years, starting with the Juniors when he was aged 11.
“I liked fire trucks, and they had a Junior program and I joined that. From there I obviously progressed through the ranks,” he said.
Benjamin became captain in 2023 and attributes the longevity of the brigade to its members.
“It goes back to the members and what they do to support the community,” he said.
Inaugural member Steve Waugh joined the Norlane Fire Brigade at aged 17 in 1984 before it became Corio Fire Brigade.
With almost 40 years of service with CFA, Steve, now 56, said the biggest changes today were the skills members had to learn.
“I still enjoy it and enjoy the people. You make friends all over the place,” he said.
The brigade started in 1993 when North Geelong and Norlane amalgamated and became Corio Fire Brigade.
The brigade has 31 members.
- Inaugural member Steve Waugh, firefighter Bradley Coulter and Corio Captain Benjamin Lane
- Inaugural member Steve Waugh and Beth Davidson OAM