Fish Creek and District Fire Brigade will honour its deceased members on a commemorative rock, unveiled today by Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan.
Mr Ryan said the commemorative rock would be permanently displayed in memorial gardens at the rear of the Fire Station in recognition of the great work of CFA volunteers in the community.
“The commemorative rock will feature the names of deceased members since the brigade’s foundation in 1944 as a permanent reminder of the vital service they offered the community over many years.
“CFA volunteers give so much to Victorians and often their efforts go unnoticed by the broader community,” Mr Ryan said.
“This memorial reflects the deep gratitude of the residents of Fish Creek and the surrounding region for past members of the brigade and the work of the current 47 brigade members who serve the community.
“Emergency services volunteers help protect the lives and property of all Victorians and we are fortunate to be able to call upon these men and women in difficult times.”
Mr Ryan said the landscaped memorial gardens at the rear of the Fish Creek Fire Station would feature the commemorative rock as well as two large flag poles displaying both the Australian and CFA flags.
“The memorial garden was created in recent months in an effort led by Fish Creek and District Brigade Captain Mick Dorling,” Mr Ryan said.
“The costs of these works were largely met by the brigade’s auxiliary fundraising efforts and I congratulate everyone involved on such a worthy achievement.”
Mr Ryan said the Fish Creek Fire Station had been upgraded in recent years and now functioned as a Divisional Command Centre.
“The Fish Creek and District Fire Brigade’s 47 volunteer members protect the communities of Fish Creek, Buffalo, Waratah North, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay,” Mr Ryan said.
“In addition to providing fire coverage in the district, the Fish Creek Brigade is also the accredited road accident rescue service provider.
“Last year, the brigade attended 39 emergency response calls, as well participating in community fire prevention and preparedness activities.”
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