IT WAS a night for the Wonthaggi CFA Brigade to kick up its heels last Saturday at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, 80s style, at the annual cabaret dance fundraiser.
But it was a case of alarm pagers at the ready, under their disco and leather costumes, after the worrying spate of deliberately lit fires in the town.
In fact, many of those at the event were called out again, the night before, on Friday night, to yet another deliberately lit fire, this time in Stewart Street, Wonthaggi and a lot of those on-call at the function stayed off the alcohol just in case.
“We were called out again last night,” said Lieutenant Jamie Moresco, whose job it was to host the event and thank the organisers.
“It has certainly been hard to relax in the past couple of weeks but it’s good to see such a big crowd here tonight to support us.”
Talk on the night rarely strayed away from the issue of the Wonthaggi fires with local CFA members saying it was particularly worrying that people were in the house last Friday night when it was set alight.
“Hopefully the police are closing in on them. It’s putting quite a strain on the community and also on the brigade.”
A feature of the night was the appearance of the fire fighters themselves, having recently formed the band, ‘Let It Burn’, including members Everett O’Keeffe, Stuart Zaffarese, Alistair Lowe, Tad Hendry and Kim O’Connor.
They played a tight set of tunes including the 1980 hit by Australian Crawl, ‘The Boys Light Up’.
The main act was the popular ‘Company Exposed’ band of Maureen Alford and Lee Owens.
The night is expected to raise between $1500 and $1800 to go towards brigade expenses.