Mile­stone birth­day

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla man Gor­don Brown last week cel­e­brated his 90th birth­day.

Gor­don is a se­nior mem­ber of the Old Apex­i­ans who helped him cel­e­brate in a din­ner at Be­nalla’s Kim Wah restau­rant last Tues­day.

Born in Echuca in 1918, Gor­don was ed­u­cated at Echuca state school, be­fore work­ing in his fam­ily’s farm for three years.

Gor­don then served Army for four years.

Re­turn­ing to his fam­ily farm, he mar­ried Myra in 1944.

The pair then op­er­ated the Echuca cor­ner store for seven years, be­fore mov­ing to Be­nalla in 1952.

Upon his ar­rival, Gor­don trans­ferred to the Be­nalla Apex Club and worked for Char­lie Chiswell and later Bill Luck Mo­bil.

Gor­don then joined the Robin­sons Real Es­tate team, where he worked un­til re­tire­ment.

Gor­don has been a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Be­nalla Golf Club for many years.

Gor­don also drove vol­un­tar­ily for the Be­nalla Hos­pi­tal for many years. in the Aus­tralian hov­ers about 10m above the tops of the trees (up to 80m above the ground).

The fire­fight­ers slide down ropes, be­tween the trees, us­ing spe­cially de­signed har­nesses.

Fire­fight­ing equip­ment is then low­ered to the ground from the he­li­copter.

The 212 Bell fire­fight­ing he­li­copter is ideal for rap­pelling, be­ing sta­ble and is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a good load of fire­fight­ers.

Two crews of five or six fire­fight­ers can re­peal into a re­mote fire and tackle the fire be­fore it be­comes a ma­jor blaze.

Al­ter­na­tive they may con­tract a he­li­pad to al­low re­in­force­ments to be brought in.

Once on the ground, the fun is over and the hard work of stop­ping the fire starts.

Crews prac­tice al­most ev­ery two weeks dur­ing the sum­mer, with the he­li­copter leased from Lloyd He­li­copters on per­ma­nent standby.

Gor­don Brown

Fire­fight­ers in ac­tion: Jump­ing out of he­li­copters is fun.

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