Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years

Bri­gade has long his­tory of ser­vice

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A DIS­TIN­GUISHED list of guests gath­ered with past and present mem­bers of the Gre­gory River Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade to cel­e­brate 40 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Among the in­vited guests was Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, Leanne Don­ald­son who ad­dressed the guests and un­veiled a memo­rial plaque reded­i­cat­ing the sta­tion to the late Dar­ren Bur­fitt, who sadly was killed in an ac­ci­dent 20 years ago.

The Bur­fitt fam­ily do­nated the land on which the fire sta­tion is now built.

The min­is­ter also pre­sented a Na­tional Medal to Grant Davies, of neigh­bour­ing Bingera Weir RFB, recog­nis­ing his long and dili­gent ser­vice pro­tect­ing life and prop­erty.

The bri­gade wel­comed other spe­cial guests in­clud­ing RFSQ North Coast re­gional man­ager, Peter Hol­lier, Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt, MP Stephen Ben­nett, Mayor Jack Dempsey and Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor.

Dorothy Bunn, wife of the late John Bunn, gra­ciously cut the birth­day cake and rem­i­nisced about the good old days then ev­ery­one en­joyed a bar­be­cue lunch and a catch up chat with old and new friends.

With some fresh new mem­bers and a ded­i­cated band of “old” mem­bers the Gre­gory River Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade looks for­ward to serv­ing the com­mu­nity for many more years to come.

Cur­rent bri­gade chair­man, Ge­off McCarthy was at the very first meet­ing where 32 land­hold­ers in the Gre­gory and El­liott River ar­eas met at the late John Cardillo and Mavis’s shed on Fo­ley’s Rd in June 1976. In his ad­dress to the au­di­ence, Mr McCarthy rem­i­nisced by say­ing the unit was es­tab­lished at El­liott River Bush Fire Bri­gade to pro­tect newly de­vel­op­ing cane lands and prop­erty in the area.

John Cardillo was elected the first sec­re­tary and held the po­si­tion for 18-years and Wally McCarthy was elected the first of­fi­cer. Cliff Vacher, also a found­ing mem­ber, who at­tended held the po­si­tions of fourth of­fi­cer for six years and as first of­fi­cer for 12 years.

All the cane farm­ers paid levies through the sugar mill to fund the Childers bri­gade.

Ge­off ac­knowl­edged the for­mer Isis Shire Coun­cil, in par­tic­u­lar Bill Trevor, and RFSQ for their sup­port with the pur­chase of our cur­rent fire truck in 2000 and con­struc­tion of a new fire sta­tion in 2008 which Isis Shire made pos­si­ble prior to amal­ga­ma­tion.

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CEL­E­BRA­TION: Gre­gory River Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice cel­e­brate 40 years of ser­vice.

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