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.
Firefighters in action: Jumping out of helicopters is fun.