HISTORY of TOOLLEEN FIRE BRIGADE:
The formation of a fire brigade at Toolleen was first discussed following a local cricket match in 1928.
Member Graham McRobert, whose father William became the inaugural captain, says the players apparently sat on logs of grey box and voted Daniel McCarthy as president and William Pook as secretary. Graham became brigade secretary in 1947 and took over the captaincy from his father William in 1965.
A levy on local residents of one shilling per 100 acres raised a total of ₤18-4-4. This money went towards buying hand pumps for brigade members and each fireman was required to keep a 44 gallon drum of water on hand. The brigade affiliated with the Bush Fires Brigades Board in the 1930s and joined the Country Fire Authority in 1946.
(Extracted from CFA Connect)
Toolleen is located in the NORTHERN COUNTRY Fire Weather/Total Fire Ban District.
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