Bronwyn Jones, representing the NSW Rural Fire Commissioner joined Country MLC Greg Donnelly to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Halfway Creek RFS.
Bronwyn Jones, representing the NSW Rural Fire Commissioner joined Country MLC Greg Donnelly to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Halfway Creek RFS. Photo Submitted

Brigade enjoys birthday bash

WHEN the Halfway Creek Fire Brigade first formed back in 1960, the members relied on their own vehicles to get as close as possible to a fire.

The brigade celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday and the volunteers who man the station now have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including the Cat 1 and Cat 7 tankers to help protect their community.

Saturday’s anniversary celebrations were made extra special with two of the brigade’s original founding members; Peter Devereaux and his younger brother Idwal Devereaux on hand to mark the occasion.

While the outfit has come a long way since inception, the pair are still members of the brigade.

Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said volunteers from the Halfway Creek RFS Brigade had served the community with distinction throughout its history.

“Today it is a strong brigade with a proud history of working to protect people not only in the Halfway Creek area but also around NSW and interstate when the call for help has gone out,” Mr Whan said.

Joining RFS members at the 50th anniversary celebrations was Country Labor MLC for Clarence, Greg Donnelly.

“In recent times the brigade has assisted with many fires across the state and further afield in areas such as Dubbo, Canberra and Victoria,” Mr Donnelly said.

“The brigade also was actively involved in the local community through its fire safety and education work.

“These men and women are there to help others when they need it and the government and people of NSW are rightly proud of and grateful for their contribution.”

Brigade captain Ian Smoothy said that it was the “good handful” of strong, active members that made an invaluable contribution to the brigade.

Smoothy, who has headed the brigade since 2001, announced on Saturday that he would be standing down as captain.



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