Flames of unity: fire brigade lights up Diwali Festival

Member News image Captain Koala getting involved in the Diwali Festival festivities


In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Traralgon West Fire Brigade illuminated the annual Diwali Festival with their presence, forging a bond that symbolises unity and solidarity in their local community.


Diwali, the Festival of Lights, holds a significant place in the hearts of the Traralgon Indian community, marking a time when families come together to celebrate joy, love, and the victory of good over evil. This year, Traralgon West Fire Brigade members were asked to participate in the festivities, emphasising the importance of unity in times of celebration.

Traralgon West members decked out their marquee in lights and had interactive activities and a static display for the public to participate in, creating a spectacle that captivated both young and old.

As Captain Koala danced through the festival, the community members couldn't help but smile at the unexpected yet delightful addition to the Diwali Festival. The brigade's decision to partake in the celebration was a powerful statement of their commitment to not only keeping the community safe but also being an integral part of its cultural fabric.

To further enhance the spirit of togetherness, members engaged with the community, sharing stories, distributing community information and colouring pages, and offering children the opportunity to explore the fire truck. 

The brigade's involvement in the Diwali Festival underscored the message that unity is the cornerstone of a resilient and thriving community.

By actively participating in cultural events, they demonstrated that their role extends beyond responding to emergencies — they are dedicated members of the community who celebrate its diversity and traditions.


  • Member News imageTraralgon West Tanker on display at Traralgon Diwali Festival
  • Member News image Traditional Bollywood dance performance at Traralgon Diwali Festival
  • Member News image Captain Koala participating in a drum line at Traralgon Diwali Festival
  • Member News image Captain Koala making friends at the Traralgon Diwali Festival
  • Member News image Members of Traralgon West Fire Brigade getting in the spirit of the Traralgon Diwali Festival
Submitted by Emily Graham