Inverloch CFA community safety coordinator Matt King shows his daughter Ila how the hose works at the brigade’s 75th anniversary celebration open day on Saturday. Op480220

INVERLOCH Fire Brigade celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday, January 11, with an open day and barbeque, and plenty of opportunities for the kids to get up close with the trucks and gear.
Brigade captain Steve Forrest said it was a good thing for his crew to have something to celebrate, and the activities were a hit with locals and visitors while also serving as a way to share fire safety messages.
“It’s great to be able to show the kids, and adults, what we do and give them the opportunity to get up close and have a look at these things that are often behind closed doors,” he said.
Visitors were able to try on a fire fighting outfit, sit in the truck, and have a go at the hose, with lots of volunteers around to have a chat about what they do and how to stay fire safe.
Jan Watson was giving out barbeque safety testing kits out. She said that testing anything that uses gas bottles is a great way of reducing the risk of a fire.
It has already been a busy year for the CFA volunteer brigade which has been sending crews over to assist with the East Gippsland fires for weeks.
Steve said that he does not expect to stop sending crews away to the fire front any time soon, as there is still a lot of work to be done in the affected areas.
“We are not even near the stage where we can start talking about it as a clean-up operation. So, it will be months of work that is ahead of us over there.”