City event an opportunity to thank fireys

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Kalgan Bushfire Brigade’s Graeme Poole, Kevin Bransby and Darryl Bradley.
Camera IconKalgan Bushfire Brigade’s Graeme Poole, Kevin Bransby and Darryl Bradley. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Firefighters and volunteer brigades will be thanked this weekend for their efforts fighting the Albany bushfires last month.

The community will have the chance to thank all those who responded on Saturday at the Town Square.

The City of Albany is hosting the event from 3pm-6pm to show the community’s gratitude for the outstanding efforts of its 16 bush fire brigades, and to thank the businesses and people who provided support during the crisis.

Mayor Dennis Wellington said the efforts of local firefighters and support from the community during the bushfires was overwhelming.

“The velocity and volume of the fires was unprecedented for Albany, particularly at this time of the year with the weather conditions we experienced, and it was incredible we escaped without tragedy,” he said.

“It was a truly tremendous effort from all our fire brigades and all the firefighters who came to our aid from other regions, and the support the community provided in supporting our firefighters was amazing.”

There will be entertainment and fun for the whole family, with donation buckets at the event to raise funds for the fire brigades.

Some of the fire trucks used to fight the fires will be at the event for the children to see up close, and they will be able to meet volunteer firefighters.

For a gold coin donation, children will be able to jump around on the bouncy castle or have their face painted, while Jamie The Clown will bring a bundle of laughs, and the first 500 children to the event will receive a free bubble wand.

The Albany Shantymen and The Beardless Hipsters will provide live music, and there will be a free sausage sizzle and other food and coffee.

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