FIREFIGHTER of the Year for the Foster Brigade this year is Sarah Midwinter. Sarah was presented with her award at the brigade’s Christmas party last Sunday.
Not even the constant rain could dampen the Christmas spirit of brigade members and their families at the party, which was held at the fire station in Foster. Approximately 50 people attended the BBQ lunch, a sit-down meal which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Foster CFA Captain David Jones welcomed everybody and gave a brief report of the brigade’s activities over the last 12 months. He thanked the brigade management team – Secretary Pauline Angwin, 1st Lieutenant James McIntyre, 2ndLieutenant Kaylene Jones, 3rd Lieutenant Sam Westaway and Communications Officer Asahel ‘Azza’ Heeney – for their hard work and the dedication they contribute to the brigade and their community. Captain Jones also thanked all the fire fighters, and their families for the time and effort they contribute to this volunteer organisation, saying that without them there would be no Foster Fire Brigade.
Announcing Sarah as the award winner, Captain Jones explained that she joined the brigade through a recruitment campaign held at the local (South Gippsland) secondary college. She has now completed her Minimum Skills as a firefighter and is able to turn out to incidents that the brigade is called to. Sarah, he said, is a keen and very dedicated firefighter who is always willing to put her hand up and have a go at whatever comes along. She represented Foster Fire Brigade at the Junior Games in Sydney and she is also going to the CFA Challenge in 2015.
“Congratulations, Sarah!” said Captain Jones. Then, just when he thought he had finished his speech, Sarah and fellow firefighter Jade Thompson presented the fire captain himself with a small token of appreciation from all brigade members to thank him for his hard work and the countless hours that he has contributed to the brigade.
Foster Fire Brigade members would like to thank all the local businesses for their ongoing support of the brigade and wish them, their families and the local community a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe – and fire-free – new year.