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Eden Hills celebrates 60 years
Submitted On Friday, May 13, 2011
Submitted By Pip

The Eden Hills Brigade of the SA Country Fire Service will celebrate 60 years service to Mitcham Hills & the wider South Australian Community this weekend with a reunion of past and present members, on Sunday 15th May, from 1.30 pm at the Eden Hills fire station.

The Eden Hills Unit was formed on 11 May 1951 to defend the growing suburb against the threat of fire in what was then mostly bushland.

Today, the Brigade is a modern fire and rescue force that has progressed well beyond the boundaries of bushfire control to become a highly sophisticated, multi-emergency response unit.

Over the last 60 years, almost 300 members have attended well over 6,000 incidents and amassed more than 25,000 operational hours of community service.

Member for 33 years and Current Brigade Captain, Neil Gloyn, said that the milestone represented a defining era of emergency response to the community.

“While the threat of natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and storm related incidents continues to grow, urban development, busier road traffic and the use of hazardous materials has brought about an increase in the threat of man-made emergencies.

“We still have members that have seen every decade of that change which represents an incredible and invaluable amount of local knowledge and experience.”

The Brigade will also mark the occasion with the commissioning of their new ‘14’ Fire Appliance – a lighter unit than their two existing trucks designed for rapid response and easier maneuverability in off-road firefighting.

All welcome

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