Last fire for Dance fam­ily

Cel­e­brat­ing a 50-year legacy

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Emma Clarke [email protected]

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.

Photo: Do­minic El­some

END OF AN ERA: Af­ter more than 30 years of ser­vice, Marburg fire fighter Brad Dance hung up his hel­met for the last time.

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