New leadership group

New team: The new operations group Lt Aaron Hopkins, Lt Rhys Patterson, Captain Adam Townsend, Lt Eily Dalton and Lt Shane Gavin. Photograph supplied


STARTING on March 1, a new operations leadership group began its tenure at Traralgon Fire Brigade.

The CFA volunteers, led by Captain Adam Townsend, will manage the brigade until June 30 next year.

The CFA brigade is co-located within the Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) station 77 on the Princes Highway site in Traralgon, and is responsible for four vehicles, a tanker (primarily for grass and scrub fires), a specialist breathing apparatus support vehicle, a 4×4 forward command vehicle and a salvage vehicle.

Captain Townsend said that he and the team looked forward to working with the brigade and to continue the great working relationship with FRV, which was formed when the career firefighters were under CFA.

“Whilst we are two separate fire services sharing the one fire station, the relationships and the commitment to the community does not change, thus we are always on the look-out for new volunteers to join the brigade to continue a long and proud history. Training and protective equipment is supplied; the only cost is your time.” Captain Townsend said.

It is an exciting time for the Traralgon Fire Brigade, as 2023 marks the 135th year of community service since forming in 1888, making it one of the oldest fire brigades in the state.

Enquiries can be made via the CFA website.