Flinders Peak rural fire service to celebrate 60 years
FLINDERS Peak Rural Fire Brigade will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a family fun day this Sunday.
Secretary and first officer Robyn Outen-Scott said the brigade started with a group of concerned farmers and their tractors in 1954 and had since grown to be a fully-fledged service with 40 members.
"When it first started it was a bush fire brigade and was just a group of farmers who used to go around with their trucks and hoses to put fires out," Ms Outen-Scott said.
"In the early days the land owner would pay half and the fire brigade would pay half towards equipment, so it was funded that way.
"A lot has changed but we're still made up entirely of volunteers who help us and other fire brigades."
The 60th anniversary open day will be held at the fire shed in Peak Crossing and will offer entertainment for the whole family.
"We've been planning the day and researching our history for the past six months," Ms Outen-Scott said.
"Sunday will be the exact day the fire brigade was started 60 years ago, so it's perfect timing.
"We've got a jumping castle, face painting, a water slide, fire trucks, activities for the kids, there'll be plenty of things to do."
Ms Outen-Scott said the day was not about raising money, but giving back to the local community that had helped support the fire service for the past six decades.
"Everything except food and drinks will be free," she said.
"It's an open day for the community. There will be a kitchen fire simulator, junior firefighter activities for the kids and Blazer Bear and the Little Car will also be there.
"The official part of the day will start at 1pm. We will be having a medal presentation for our dedicated volunteers and an official cutting of the cake.
"We hope people come along and help us celebrate this great day."
The event will be at the Flinders Peak Rural Fire Service shed on Flinders Dolomite Rd, Peak Crossing from 10am to 3pm.
For more information phone 5467 2600.