YULECART Fire Brigade is celebrating major milestones, with the receipt of a new tanker – partly paid for by the community – and the presentation of service awards representing more than 1000 years’ voluntary service to the CFA.
Brigade captain, Lyall Grey, said new, $195,000 tanker gave the brigade, and the community, a state-of-the-art appliance that was capable of accessing small areas such as driveways, to better attack a range of incidents both within the Yulecart Brigade area but also the broader communities.
He said the brigade was extremely grateful to the community, which had raised a staggering $30,000 towards the cost of the appliance, with the remainder funded by the State Government.
On the day Lowan MP, Hugh Delahunty, officially handed the keys over, the brigade also presented service awards to 39 members, for their voluntary service.
Included in the awards, were six 55-year service medals, presented to Graeme Addinsall, Hugh Sutherland, Robert Burgin, Lindsay Ford, Barry Habel and Michael Stewart and two 50-year medals, presented to Murray Habel and Gilbert Habel.
More than a century on
THE history of the Yulecart brigade goes back to 1904, when Mr A.J. Simpson of Clifton obtained a fire fighting unit consisting of a 120 gallon tank plus a semi-rotary pump mounted on a wagonette.
In 1908 Mr Herbert Morris of Bryncoed purchased a similar unit.
On January 9, 1933 a meeting was held at the Yulecart Hall where about 40 residents from all over the district attended resolving to form a brigade, the 7th Bush Fire Brigade, to be formed under the Victorian Bush Fire Brigades Act.
The district experienced a large fire on the very next day, January 10, which only re-enforced the need for a brigade in the Yulecart area.
In its inaugural year, the brigade’s equipment consisted of one large pump and a 200 gallon tank, two small light pumps, three burners, four pairs of wire cutters, 12 beaters, 12 44gallon drums, hoses and nozzles, all of which was purchased for 31 pounds ($62).
On May 29, 1993 the brigade celebrated its 60th anniversary with a dinner at the Yulecart Hall.
Full story in today’s Spectator.