NAROOMA Rural Fire Brigade turned 75 on February 19 (the Brigade that is, not the members!)
Members come from all walks of life and ages with some members in their 80s and others in their teens and others in between.
The brigade represents the essence of volunteerism in Australia, with several members lending a fire-fighting hand in different districts over the past season, including sending strike teams to Victoria recently.
The Brigade is run by volunteers to provide protection to life, property and environment in the Narooma area. They work closely with other agencies including Fire and Rescue NSW, Police, Ambulance, VRA and Marine Rescue.
The captain, Adrian Cooper manages the brigade with the assistance of the executive and brigade officers and former captain, Mick Marchini who is now deputy group south, looking after several brigades as well as being a member of Narooma.
Former captain and group south Neil Crawley, AFSM was unavailable for the photo this time, but organised the celebrations for the Brigade’s 60th birthday, 15 years ago.
The Brigade officially celebrated their three quarters of a century birthday on Saturday night at Club Narooma, with many past and present members attending.
HAPPY 75TH: Pictured here are most of the members of Narooma Rural Fire Brigade. There are over three hundred years’ worth of fire fighting experience between these members, ranging from a few months, to over forty years for some. From front left Rhys Kenna, Daniel Bailey, Gilly Kearney, Paul Page, Adrian Cooper, Mick Marchini, Phil Jenkins, Sophie Taylor and Allan Wood. Back from left John Kinkade, Chris Joannides, Austin Farrell, Mick Hooper, Peter Philips, Brodie Dodge, Mick Jardine, Peter Kearney, John Hinds, Ellyn Taylor, Jane Taylor and Eadie Lee.
RFS SERVICE: Gary and Lorraine Gleeson have nears 20 years’ service with the Narooma Rural Fire Service.
RFS CELEBRATIONS: Phil Jenkins and Gail Carter celebrating with the RFS on Saturday night.
FIRE FIGHTERS: Brodie Dodge, Sophie and Ellyn Taylor.
RFS DINNER: Jeremy Tague has been a member of the Narooma RFS for three years, pictured with Tammy McLaren.
FIRIES: Artist and firefighter Ritchie Sealey with John Hynes who joined the brigade in 1997 and new member John Kinkade at Saturday night’s RFS celebration dinner.
LONG SERVICE: Jan and Colin Boxsell at the RFS 75th Anniversary dinner on Saturday night. Colin has been a member of the RFS since 1967. He started in Bodalla before transferring to Dalmeny and then Narooma. He was senior deputy captain for seven years in the 80’s.
NAROOMA RFS: Captain of the Narooma Rural Fire Brigade Adrian Cooper with Narooma Senior Deputy Captain Paul Page.
RFS CAKE: Cutting the 75th Anniversary cake for the Narooma Rural Fire Brigade are Euro Group South two Mick Marchini, Narooma captain Adrian Cooper and Tilba captain Bruce Allen.