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Why community and connection are so important

Steph Ryan MP

This magazine throws a spotlight on the stories of more than 50 community groups and businesses, and over 110 people in Kilmore.

I’d like to thank each and every person who gave their time to share their stories.



Kilmore Fire Brigade

President Paul Duff has been part of the Kilmore Fire Brigade for many years. He enjoys the many physical and mental challenges, but most of all, it’s being part of a tight-knit community and teaching young people that brings the most satisfaction. “Education saves lives,” he confirms.

Rod Dally, secretary and finance manager agrees. A Vietnam veteran and RSL president, he is especially passionate about working with Kilmore’s farming community.

“We go on to farms to oversee burning activity and teach farmers how to safely manage fires,” Rod says.

“The brigade can also run checks on equipment and provide emergency management training.”

Dee Quinn, or ‘Firefighter Dee’ as she’s affectionately known, is fiercely passionate about young people. She takes the lead in youth education and also manages the brigade’s social media. Dee heads up Fire Safe Kids (FSK), an interactive program for children and teenagers aged five to 17.

The training Dee says, gives kids a focus. “The program teaches young people how to think and react.”

In addition to their firefighting, safety and prevention duties, the brigade is heavily involved in charity work and fundraising. Dee, Rod and Paul believe it’s a great way, particularly for kids to think beyond themselves.

“Being part of the brigade, it’s more than fighting fires,” Dee says. “It’s about looking out for each other.”


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