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Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrates 50th anniversary

THE Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade will be hosting a public open day on Sunday 23 September 2018 at 11am.

That date marks the 50th anniversary of the brigade’s formation in 1968.

After the devastating 1967 bushfires, local communities came together to form new volunteer fire brigades across the state.

Since 1968, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade has maintained regular training and responded to thousands of fires and incidents within the local area, as well as fighting fires across Tasmania.

The brigade has also been deployed to parts of Australia.

Providing emergency response 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to more than 100 callouts per year keeps the volunteer members busy.

Responses range from structural and bush fires to commercial building fire alarms and vehicle accidents.

The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade started out with a small tanker trailer which was towed by members’ private vehicles.

Today it has two heavy tanker fire trucks.

The brigade has embraced new technology along the way in protecting the local community.

Other achievements include the construction and completion of a War Memorial at the local oval and involvement with innovative emerging firefighting technology such as compressed air foam system (CAFS) firefighting.

It has been a cornerstone of the local community for 50 years.

Chris Mayne, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief, said it was the biggest brigade of non-paid members to respond to alarms in the area.

“On average, the brigade responds to 120 calls a year,” he said.

“During the 2013 fires we did 900 man hours.”

Mr Mayne said the brigade currently had 18 volunteers, who had been involved in complex training once a week.

“Training and community events help to develop a sense of comradery among the volunteer brigade,” he said.

“We attend school fairs in the area and are involved in Project Wake Up at Bunnings.

“We also do reduction burns in the community area.

“Whenever you need us, we are only a phone call away.”

Mr Mayne said the best thing about the volunteer brigade was the comradery the volunteers had with one another.

“It’s a mateship where everybody is happy to help one another, and the community,” he said.

As a celebration of members past and present supporting the community at its most vulnerable, the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade is hosting its first ever public open day to coincide with the anniversary celebrations.

There will be modern and historic fire trucks on display, interactive activities and show bags for the kids, a silent auction and a raffle which will be drawn on the day.

The day will include a formal ceremony with guest speakers and also an opportunity to personally meet the volunteers who the community rely on during emergencies.

All members of the community are invited to attend and help celebrate this milestone.

Caption: Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade members, clockwise from back left, Tom Carey, Tony Schultz, Geoff Kent, Matt Fenton, Brad Menzie and Gary Sparks.