Twenty years is not a long time as far as CFA fire brigades go, but the youthful Strathfiedsaye Fire Brigade will be celebrating the milestone on Saturday with a community day.
The profile of the brigade membership and management is predominantly young, reflecting the relatively short history of the squad.
Training coordinator and communications officer Zac Abbott is only 20 years old and was born at around the same time as the brigade was formed.
In response to the predicted population growth, the Strathfiedsaye Fire Brigade was commissioned in 1998 and the area is now home to over 6000 residents with major community assets including two primary schools.
Brigade captain Matt McCarthy recognises its growing responsibility in the community and the effort made by formers members in establishing the brigade.
“There has been a huge amount of work put in over the 20 years by past officers and members to get the brigade up and running to where it is now,” Captain McCarthy said.
“We have a current three-year strategy in place to ensure our capability grows to meet the demands of our rapidly growing community.
“We also want to celebrate our big milestone with the local community.”
The volunteer brigade is marking its 20th birthday by holding a free community sausage sizzle and display at the Strathfieldsaye IGA car park on Saturday from noon to 4pm.
Everyone is welcome to come along and say hello to the team.