Knox Torch Light Parade

Posted by Admin on 7 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has spoken about what it means to be a volunteer during an address at the Knox Torchlight Parade.

Euan said during the recent floods members from Rochester brigade, who were guests at the parade, had shown the sacrifice and leadership that the community has come to expect from CFA volunteers.

Ferntree Gully firefighter Graham Crichton said around 400 firefighters and volunteers from the SES took part in the parade which was led by the CFA Chief Officer.

"It was a really positive night – there is no doubt about it. It was great weather and it ran really smoothly.

“We hold the torchlight every second year. The last one was after the 2009 fires and there was record attendance, but I think there were just as many people lining the streets and the oval as 2009.
 
“It is an excellent representation of brigades, their dedication, strength and the public's show of appreciation.
 
“I think everyone would have been proud to march. Firefighters are proud to be part of CFA . It shows that CFA is a part of the community.
 
“It is the community aspect that keeps CFA unique and workable."

Knox MP Nick Wakeling said he was proud that the CFA Volunteer Charter was being enshrined in law by the new State Government.

Participating CFA brigades / SES units: Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Montrose, Scoresby, the Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave, Macclesfield, Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Wallan, Rochester, Doreen Juniors, Somerville, Cribb Point, Frankston, Phillip Island, Selby, Belgrave Heights and South, Cockatoo and Knox SES.