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Knox Group's torchlight parade

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Brigades in the Knox area are asking the community to come and support the CFA volunteer fire brigades torchlight parade on Saturday 5 March, which happens once every two years as part of the Knox Festival.

The Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade in conjunction with the Knox Fire Brigades Group is hosting a torchlight parade starting at dusk.

The parade will begin from Ferntree Gully Fire Station, The Avenue, Ferntree Gully (Melways reference 74,B3).

The march will leave the Ferntree Gully Fire Station at dusk and proceed along The Avenue, Station St. Spring St, Selman Avenue and across Burwood Hwy to the Ferntree Gully Football Ground in Brenock Park Drive. After arrival at the ground, there will be a brief ceremony, followed by the mass bands playing “Amazing Grace”.

This year, our local CFA volunteer brigades from Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Montrose, Rowville, Scoresby, The Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave, Clematis and Macclesfield will march with other brigades from the Dandenong Ranges,The Mornington Peninsula, Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Wallan and Rochester.

More than 250 volunteer fire-fighters and three bands, including the Victoria Police Pipe Band, will be involved on the night.

A spectacular fireworks display will then conclude the evening.

The torchlight parade in Victoria is based on a long standing tradition where a large number of volunteer fire-fighters from brigades far and wide, march through the streets of a town in uniform or turnout gear, carrying lighted long stemmed open wicked kerosene lamps or torches, accompanied by marching and pipe bands.

The Knox Fire Brigades Group covers the entire City of Knox which has a population of over 150,000 citizens. It comprises seven CFA volunteer brigades and one CFA staff / volunteer integrated brigade.

Individual volunteer brigades in Knox have turnout statistics of 300-600 calls per year covering building fires, car accidents, alarms to premises, grass and scrub fires as well as many other incidents and support calls during storms, floods and other disasters.

Our CFA Brigades are responsible for the prevention and suppression of all types of fire throughout The City of Knox.

All brigades would appreciate the support of our community during this spectacular event.

This year’s parade will also be a fundraiser for Queensland fire brigades affected by recent flooding. Interstate brigades came to our assistance during Black Saturday and it is now time to assist them to replace damaged and lost equipment.

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