Last fire for Dance family
Celebrating a 50-year legacy
A FIRE fighting legacy spanning more than five decades has come to an end.
Someone from the Dance family has been involved in the Marburg Auxiliary Fire Station since it opened 56 years ago but this month the last Dance firie, Brad, hung up his uniform for the final time.
Brad’s father Barry (decd.) was the captain when the service started in the 1960s, his uncle Bevan, brother Mark and cousins Vern and Claude (decd.) were also members.
Brad joined in 1981 and together the family has dedicated more than 170 years to the service.
Brad said the fire service had been an integral part of the household and fire calls in the middle of dinner were the norm growing up.
“My father was already the captain there when I started which led me straight into the fire service,” Brad said.
“Then it was all under the Ipswich fire board and the all the fire calls used to come through to my mum’s house.
“Dad was a baker so he’d
I just grew up with it, my dad was already doing it when I was born. It has literally been my whole life.
— Brad Dance
sleep during the day time so when the calls came through, mum would tell me where the fire was and I’d race down to the station and let alarm off so the other men could come in and head off to the job.
“I used to ride down on my bike and let the town siren off.
“We’d be sitting down to eat dinner and the fire calls would come in and away we’d go. Literally as I grew up, that’s just how our family happened. It was out way of life.”
Brad said his family had a long history in the fire service.
“Five of the Dance boys left the town in World War 1 and went to fight so we carried on the tradition of helping people,” he said.
“I just grew up with it, my dad was already doing it when I was born. It has literally been my whole life.”
Brad said after 37 years in the service, he had fought his last fire.
“Maybe I won’t have to eat my dinner in the middle of the night or get out of bed at 2am. I’ve heard the truck take off a few times and I wonder where they are or what they’re doing. It’s a relief I don’t have to go any more,” he said.
END OF AN ERA: After more than 30 years of service, Marburg fire fighter Brad Dance hung up his helmet for the last time.