Torchlight Procession brings new spark to State Championships

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Hundreds of locals have lined the main street of Mooroopna to applaud CFA’s annual Torchlight Procession over the second weekend of the CFA/VFBV State Firefighter Championships.


Dating as far back to 1873, Torchlight Processions have been a much loved and traditional part of CFA history and culture.

Up until 2024, the torches had naked flames and were fuelled by kerosene, however in an effort to protect the health and safety of its members and the environment, CFA sourced LED powered lanterns this year which resemble the traditional torches and mimic the flame.

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan led the beloved procession alongside VFBV State President Samantha Collins, behind the colour party, and with his Deputy Chief’s in tow.

“The Torchlight Procession is a terrific display of CFA’s spirit, tradition, and professionalism. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of our members extend into the night after a big day of competition,” Jason said.

“To follow behind our vintage and contemporary appliances to the marching music with over 380 CFA members was a special occasion to be a part of once again.

“I thank the local community members of Mooroopna who joined us in support who contributed to the atmosphere, and to all brigades who showed great camaraderie and pride in the march.”  

Participants are judged on their presentation and appearance throughout the parade, with Melton taking first place this year.

However, for Diamond Creek 4th Lieutenant, Secretary and Junior Leader Antoinette Calleja it was a special night as she got the opportunity to march in her first Torchlight Procession.

“I’ve been a CFA member for seven years and involved with the brigade torchlights for nine, so it was fantastic to be a part of it,” Antoinette said.

 “I normally organise the Diamond Creek torchlight events, so this is the first time I’ve been able to do the state one alongside our members.

“It is a wonderful tradition and a significant one to hold onto.

“The new torches were great, and they looked really good when they were all flared up together.”

Hoppers Crossing marching Captain Christopher Trawn was excited to get back in formation again, having marched in the procession for an impressive 20 years.

“We had seven brigade members marching in what is always such a great night to be involved in,” Christopher said.

“It’s an integral part of the State Championships and an important event to bring brigades together.

“Even the recurrent torchlight events throughout the year are just as valuable to see the longevity of the tradition continue.”


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