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Loch CFA celebrates 60 years of service

THE members of the Loch CFA celebrated the brigade’s 60 year anniversary recently.

Many deserving awards were presented to past and present volunteers for their efforts and achievements.

Originally part of the Poowong and District Fire Brigade, Loch CFA was formed on September 12, 1954.

Brigade volunteers have protected and educated the community for the last 60 years, and continue to play a crucial role within the district by attending public events, advertising fire safety and recruiting new members.

Loch CFA has achieved a number of milestones over the years, including the purchase of the brigade owned rescue truck and the building of the Nyora Station.

Today the brigade has 45 active members and five vehicles, two of which were funded through the generous donations from the local community.

 

Prestigious honour: Loch CFA firefighter John Kennedy (right) received the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Gold Star Award from VFBV member Bill Rodda.

Prestigious honour: Loch CFA firefighter John Kennedy (right) received the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Gold Star Award from VFBV member Bill Rodda.

First class: the National Medal recognises long and diligent service by volunteers that risk their lives or safety to protects others during an emergency or national disaster.  CFA board member Michael Freshwater (right) presented the medal to Loch CFA’s, from left, lieutenant Len Wyhoon, firefighter Graham Dickens, lieutenant Peter Sullivan, captain Greg Hodge and firefighter Grieg Barr.

First class: the National Medal recognises long and diligent service by volunteers that risk their lives or safety to protects others during an emergency or national disaster.
CFA board member Michael Freshwater (right) presented the medal to Loch CFA’s, from left, lieutenant Len Wyhoon, firefighter Graham Dickens, lieutenant Peter Sullivan, captain Greg Hodge and firefighter Grieg Barr.

Dedicated members: service awards were presented by CFA operations officer Bill Alards (right). From left, Loch CFA captain Greg Hodge,  firefighter George Teague (15 years), firefighter Barbara Jenkins (25 years) and lieutenant Stuart Nation (30 years).

Dedicated members: service awards were presented by CFA operations officer Bill Alards (right). From left, Loch CFA captain Greg Hodge, firefighter George Teague (15 years), firefighter Barbara Jenkins (25 years) and lieutenant Stuart Nation (30 years).

Worth mentioning: the Plastic Branch Award for the biggest error went to Loch CFA firefighter Michael Apps (centre), flanked by lieutenant Len Wyhoon (left) and captain Greg Hodge.

Worth mentioning: the Plastic Branch Award for the biggest error went to Loch CFA firefighter Michael Apps (centre), flanked by lieutenant Len Wyhoon (left) and captain Greg Hodge.

Thanks for service: from left, Loch CFA junior firefighter of the year Bill Smart, captain Greg Hodge and firefighter of the year Kayla Pepperell.

Thanks for service: from left, Loch CFA junior firefighter of the year Bill Smart, captain Greg Hodge and firefighter of the year Kayla Pepperell.

Ongoing volunteers: CFA operations officer Bill Alards (left) presented CFA honorary life memberships to Loch CFA members who have served more than 30 years of diligent service to the CFA. From left, lieutenant Len Wyhoon, firefighter Keith Jenkins, firefighter William Hunter, brigade member Valerine Kennedy, firefighter John Kennedy and firefighter Glenn Coster.

Ongoing volunteers: CFA operations officer Bill Alards (left) presented CFA honorary life memberships to Loch CFA members who have served more than 30 years of diligent service to the CFA.
From left, lieutenant Len Wyhoon, firefighter Keith Jenkins, firefighter William Hunter, brigade member Valerine Kennedy, firefighter John Kennedy and firefighter Glenn Coster.

Valued supported: Loch CFA presented a certificate of appreciation was presented to Cosy Kitchen Loch’s Tracy Pepperell (centre), joined by captain Greg Hodge and firefighter Kayla Pepperell.

Valued supported: Loch CFA presented a certificate of appreciation was presented to Cosy Kitchen Loch’s Tracy Pepperell (centre), joined by captain Greg Hodge and firefighter Kayla Pepperell.

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