Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade to celebrate 50 years of service

CELEBRATION: Ben Heilbronn, Bert Headland, Colin Howell, Max Wyatt and Martin Minahan ready to celebrate Woodhill Fire Brigade's 50th year.
CELEBRATION: Ben Heilbronn, Bert Headland, Colin Howell, Max Wyatt and Martin Minahan ready to celebrate Woodhill Fire Brigade's 50th year.

WOODHILL Rural Fire Brigade will hold its 50th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, December 15.

First officer Ben Heilbronn said the event had been scheduled for December 1 but QFES postponed all non-essential activities as firefighters focused all their resources on controlling bushfires at Kerry and Undullah.

“There will be a free sausage sizzle, a jumping castle and fire education presentations with Blazer the fire safety koala and also Little Squirt, our mini fire appliance that kids can have a ride on,” he said.

Mr Heilbronn said the festivities would kick off at 11am at the fire station come rain, hail or shine after a formal awards persentation to be attended by state, federal and local dignitaries.

“One of the people receiving an award is founding member Max Wyatt, whose name and signature are on the original paperwork for Woodhill Rural Fire Brigade,” he said.

“Max will be recognised for his founding role and his continuous service in the brigade and as a fire warden for Undullah and Allan Creek.”

Mr Heilbronn said the firies had transformed their fire shed to resemble Santa’s grotto for the occasion, with an ornate throne donated by the Beaudesert Men’s Shed and perfect for Santa photos.

“We have plenty of shelter at the station, so the celebrations will go ahead even if it’s raining,” he said.