Longford Fire Brigade’s 75th year milestone

Cake made and decorated by Catherine Goodwin. Photo: contributed

Longford Fire Brigade celebrated its 75th anniversary in style at the Sale Greyhound Club.

About 55 members, ex-members, and their families attended the event. Many others were still able to still enjoy the evening via a live stream link set up by communications officer Michael Wain.

After welcoming their special guests, some certificates of appreciation were presented by Longford Captain, Daniel Phelps to Pam and Kevin Bishop. The most turnouts award (pre-2020) went to long-serving ex-captain, Allan Wilson. The 2021 award couldn’t separate the two most active current members in Gary Watson and Reese Goodwin.

Next, the brigade was honoured to have Deputy Chief Officer Trevor Owen present some service medals.


10 years service: Pam Bishop and Cheryl Walker.


20 years service: Gary Watson.


35 years service: Ian Crooke.


40 years service: Russell Heywood.


After the medal presentation, it was time for the Brigade Management Team to assist 1st Lieutenant Cheryl Walker cut the cake.

This cake was fashioned into an intricate CFA helmet design by Catherine Goodwin.

Current member and local artist Dianne Wain then presented the brigade with a painting that featured bold colours. This powerful piece of art will be a welcome addition to the station.

After a short speech by the captain, guests were treated to a 24-minute movie Courage Under Fire, which gave an insightful overview of both the past 75 years as well as how the brigade continues to professionally help keep the local community safe.

The Stradbroke Group Officer shared a few kind words before a wonderful meal and rich conversation followed.

The Brigade was formed on November 6, 1946 following a unanimous decision made at a public meeting held in the Longford Hall on September 25, 1946.

A vintage fire truck will be on display, along with other firefighting vehicles available for inspection.

The movie, Courage Under Fire, will be playing in the hall where you will also find many photographs.

There is no entry cost and lucky door prizes will be handed out throughout the morning.

A number of food vans will be in attendance and we are expecting many of the local school children and kinder kids to be through to see the art show/competition in the hall. The CFA Community Education Trailer will also be there.

A jumping castle and ‘firefighting trike’ for the kids will round out the entertainment. It will be perfect after voting? It’s time to share the 75th celebrations with community.

Current brigade members who attended the festivities at the Longford Fire Brigade. Photo: Contributed

Captain Daniel Phelps accepts the painting donated by local artist and current brigade member Dianne Wain. Photo: Contributed

Captain Daniel Phelps, 3rd Lieutenant Gerard Walsh, with 1st Lieutenant Cheryl Walker cutting the cake during the Longford Fire Brigade’s 75th anniversary celebrations last week. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Russell Heywood was presented his 40 years service medal by Deputy Group Officer Trevor Owen. Photo: Contributed