Opening the doors to 125 years of history

March 28, 2018

Kyabram CFA members Wayne Peterson, Renae Fleming, Geoff Squires, Bob Vick and Max Webster are throwing open the doors to the Bradley St station.

IF THESE walls could talk, you wouldn’t be able to stop them for the next century.

The Kyabram Fire Brigade is organising a weekend full of activities to commemorate 125 years of duty to the district.

And everyone’s invited.

While the station on Bradley St may only be ‘new’ — a mere 88 years old — history lines its walls.

From photos of running teams in the early 1900s to the original soda acid fire extinguishers which have been polished up, the Kyabram CFA definitely remembers its heritage.

“You couldn’t write down all of the history in this place,” ex-captain and longest serving member Bob Vick said.

“There is more in this place than anywhere in Kyabram.”

And he said there had been a few changes since he started at 16 — back in ’44.

“The biggest changes have been the alteration of units and the changes to the station,” he said

“Also because the calls come through Ballarat the brigade ends up going to a lot more fires – our siren rings for two minutes regardless.”

Fellow brigade member Geoff Squires said before the automated siren, fires were something of a family affair.

“There were no false alarms because we’d have phones in member’s houses around the area — the call would come to six or so houses and someone would make the decision to ring the siren,” he said.

“The wives did a lot — often they answered the calls and decided whether the brigade went or not.”

But the brigade made sure to keep the original bell, which stood on the footpath at the top of Church St; now it sits in the station polished up and above a doorway.

And Kyabram has a chance to see the history when the brigade opens its doors on April 8 from 10am-2pm as part of its weekend of celebrations.

The brigade will also host a torchlight march on Allan St at 7.30pm on April 6, with fireworks to follow at the Recreation Reserve.

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