Belt buck­les recog­nise vol­un­teers’ ser­vice

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Justin Fris

Across the Mid West, As­so­ci­a­tion of Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gades vol­un­teers play an in­te­gral part in sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Now, com­mu­ni­ties have an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port them.

In close con­sul­ta­tion with Leon Baker Jewellers on Marine Ter­race, the as­so­ci­a­tion has cre­ated multi-pur­pose and lim­ited edi­tion belt buck­les.

The belt buck­les will not only be is­sued to cur­rent serv­ing vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, but they will serve as recog­ni­tion for long-serv­ing mem­bers of bri­gades across the State — and for one per­son, as a piece of trea­sured mem­o­ra­bilia.

Steve and Ali­son Lloyd are two lo­cal zone rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the as­so­ci­a­tion.

They said lo­cals could get their hands on one of the lim­ited edi­tion buck­les, help­ing out a wor­thy com­mu­nity cause in the process.

“The old belt buck­les were rather small and out­dated,” Mrs Lloyd said.

“We de­cided to come up with this de­sign.

“It’s more for the dress uni­form, for when we go to con­fer­ences.”

For $10, res­i­dents can buy a ticket which will put them in the run­ning to win one of the highly sought-af­ter buck­les.

All money raised will go to­wards im­prov­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s re­sources for vol­un­teer fire bri­gades through­out the State.

Mr Lloyd said the lim­ited edi­tion buck­les were made of ster­ling sil­ver, with gold-plated lo­gos of the as­so­ci­a­tion on ei­ther side, whereas the multi-pur­pose buck­les are made of pewter.

“The pewter de­sign, that’s an allpur­pose one,” he said.

“The ster­ling sil­ver ones are com­mem­o­ra­tive items for those who have served 30 or 40 years.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and us­ing Aus­tralian-made ma­te­rial for its equip­ment.

Leon Baker jew­eller Shain Forth said he was de­lighted he could help pro­duce a lo­cally made prod­uct which could be ap­pre­ci­ated by lo­cals.

“What Steve wanted to do was to have some­thing ac­tu­ally made in the town — not made in China or some­where like that,” he said.

“It can be pro­duced with Aus­tralian leather as well and all pro­duced here, which is the main ob­ject be­hind it.

“If you make the first one a lim­ited edi­tion, you might as well raf­fle it off as it is an orig­i­nal.”

Up to 20 hours were put into the de­sign of the buck­les, which appear to have gone over fan­tas­ti­cally with mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion on how to buy a ticket in the raf­fle, phone Mrs Lloyd on 0419 568 235.

Pic­ture: Justin Fris

Ali­son Lloyd, Steve Lloyd and Shain Forth are ex­cited about the re­lease of the lim­ited edi­tion belt buck­les.

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