Bri­gade fires up for birthday

Myrtleford Times - - News -

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Mem­bers of the Mount Hotham-Din­ner Plain Fire Bri­gade gather in warmer weather with one of their fire ten­ders PHOTO: Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment

MOUNT Hotham-Din­ner Plain Fire Bri­gade has cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary.

A pre­sen­ta­tion was held at the Gen­eral Store in Hotham Heights ear­lier this month at which the moun­tain vol­un­teer team’s achieve­ments in the past two decades were recog­nised.

The birthday was also marked with a cake.

A five-year award was pre­sented to Cole Van­der­berg and a 20-year award to bri­gade cap­tain Larry Doyle.

The awards hon­oured the pair’s out­stand­ing ser­vice to the Vic­to­rian Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity and long ser­vice to the bri­gade.

Se­cond Lieu­tenant Scott Ryan said the cel­e­bra­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple for a so­cial event and reflect on years past.

“It was a fan­tas­tic night and ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed them­selves with 30 peo­ple at­tend­ing, in­clud­ing key rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the moun­tain and all the CFA mem­bers of the bri­gade,” Mr Ryan said.

“We had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Mount Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment, Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com­pany and one of the as­sis­tant chiefs of the CFA.

“Through­out the years we have main­tained the high skill of all the mem­bers and re­sponded to any in­ci­dents that we are paged to in a timely man­ner.

“We couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved as a team.”

The bri­gade’s bound­ary stretches to­wards Cobun­gra in the east and to the old ticket box just west of the re­sort.

Dur­ing large bush­fire cam­paigns in re­cent years the bri­gade has largely op­er­ated as an in­ci­dent con­trol cen­tre and helped re­source all fire­fight­ers who came to the moun­tain.

It ac­ti­vated, planned and helped the in­ci­dent con­troller and de­liv­ered key in­for­ma­tion about the lo­cal area.

New mem­bers are wel­come and more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by email­ing fbmhdp@cfa.vic.gov.au.

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