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I grew up in a volunteer rural fire service family. 

Where Dad would be just as likely as not to get called out in the middle of Christmas dinner. 

When some summer days when someone else was milking the cows and there was a big fire, Dad might be gone for hours and hours and Mum would sit next to the two-way radio talking to central fire control (Dad was the captain of the Gerringong brigade for 25 years.)

Crackle, crackle, over.

Dad's yellow brigade overalls smelt of smoke. 

The brigade always seems to be filled with champion people. Lifelong friends and people willing to drop everything, even when it's highy inconvenient, to answer a firecall. Because a firecall never comes at a convenient time. They're mostly in the middle of the night. Or when dinner has just been put on the table. Sometimes it's a fire. Sometimes it's a false alarm. Sometimes it's a car accident. And sometimes it's someone you know, particularly in a small town. Sometimes it's a friend's kid in a terrible car accident. 

The Rural Fire Service is voluntary. They don't get paid. They partipate and go to training, and keep the fire engines clean and functioning and they get out of bed in the middle of the night if that beeper goes off, because it might be your house, and you might need them. 

Tonight at our brigade's Christmas party, which we were at because Adam is a member, my Dad was presented with an award for fifty years of active service. Fifty years. 

 

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GO Dad. How awesome is that.

xxx

18 Comments on “fire brigade family

lily boot
November 24, 2012 at 11:37 pm

That IS awesome – what a wonderful contribution to your community – you must be very very proud 🙂

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Christina
November 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

Oh, I had a lump in my throat just reading this. Congratulations on the 50 years of service! Thank goodness for people like your father.

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Hazel
November 25, 2012 at 4:40 am

Fifty years. Wow.

Our village has a fire station manned by a volunteer crew, so I know what you mean about the fire calls. Too many fire fighters have attended serious crashes to realise they know at least one of the people involved.

Congratulations to him, and to your mum for all those years of re-heating meals and waiting by the radio.

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Joolzmac
November 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

Bloody awesome!

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Cassandra Allen
November 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

Awesome man, man.

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Kate
November 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

SO awesome!!
Congrats and well done to your Dad.
Your story made me cry.
Fire season seems to have started here.
Farmer Bren has the fire wireless strapped to his belt and on constantly, the stinky yellow overalls have come out of storage and there are talks of a fire drill.
Crossing our fingers for a boring fire year for you guys and for us and for the whole country. xx

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Tricia
November 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

Yep – awesome!

Daddy Eco is planning on joining the local RFS once we move. to be honest – it’s not really his thing – but in a small community like ours it looks like all the men are members. We’re suspecting it’s almost expected. I like that it looks like one one the things that brings the community together. x t.

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dixiebelle
November 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Excellent! Love it. My husband is Team Leader of our CFU (Commmunity Fire Unit) and can you tell I am proud of him! They are trained to handle spot fires & local stuff on our urban fringe, though, not rush off to handle actual big bad bushfires. They do monthly training sessions/ testing of equipment, and a yearly local promo.

Your Dad is a true Aussie hero.

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Sue Caissy
November 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

what a wonderful effort, will show my firey friends your post
xx

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Mel Vallel
November 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Way to go Mr Weir !! You deserve it, so many years of community service. A living legend. xxxx

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Jacinta Anderson
November 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

he sounds like an awesome man. We can only pray for more people like that 🙂

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Sue
November 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Fifty. Fantastic. Thanks, man.

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Lynell
November 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

50 years…how wonderful! THANKS DAD !

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Merryl Chantrell
November 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

50 years active service! What an incredible achievement! Thank you.

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Brenda
November 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

I love our CFA, thank them for their service and protection, they have been a part of my life for 46 years. Their siren is so reasurring, check outside when you hear it, in case their is danger near, or a neighbour you can help. Thanks fireies. xxBrenda

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Katie
November 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Congratulations! And thank you for all those years of sacrifice.

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Nancy in Canada
November 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

:’) Explains quite a bit about how you got to be so wonderful… Give your daddy a massive hug for being so lovely. xo

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Bianca
December 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

What an amazing contribution to your community. Thank you!

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