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Linton Fire Memorial : 16-October -2013
Linton Fire Memorial : 16-October -2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford

Memorial dedicated to five Geelong West Brigade volunteer fire fighters who lost their lives while fighting a bushfire at Linton in 1998. A memorial has also been erected at Linton. The form of both memorials developed from the desire to equally represent the five Geelong West fire-fighters who lost their lives. Red Calca granite stone at the centre of the memorial is representative of the cause they served and the constant reminder to us all of the unpredictability of fire. The water within the fountain of the Geelong West memorial cools the stone, symbolic of the rebirth of the bush after fire and a reminder of the principles of everlasting life.

The Linton memorial is a free standing five sided dry stone, wet only by dew and rain. It is placed as a silent reminder of the tragedy. The two pieces are intentionally designed to contrast yet compliment one another. The permanence of the stone pieces will remind future generations of an event that linked the communities of Geelong and Linton and their shared grief. Contemplation of the memorial will also remind us of the enormous sacrifice and efforts made by CFA fire-fighters on a daily basis to assist the needs of our communities

On 2 December 1998, a bushfire burned through private land and state forest near the township of Linton, Victoria. Fire fighters from Dept of Natural Resources and CFA were deployed to fight the fire. At approximately 20:45 hrs, two CFA tankers and their crews were trapped and engulfed in fire following an unexpected wind change. The crew of one of those trucks, five men from Geelong, all volunteers from the Geelong West Brigade were killed. The coronial inquest examining the fire and the deaths was one of the longest-running inquests in the history of the state. This inquest led to changes in safety operating procedures in the CFA.

 

Location

Address:90 Autumn Street , Geelong West Memorial Park, Geelong West , 3218
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.143717
Long: 144.347151
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire
Actual Event STart Date:02-December-1998
Actual Event End Date:02-December-1998
Monument Designer:Noel Essex (sculptor) Helen Buxton (Landscape Architect)

Dedication

Front Inscription

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THESE FIVE GEELONG WEST VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS.  "THEY ARE NUMBERED AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE MADE OUR COUNTRY GREAT THROUGH SACRIFICE IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS FOR THEY WILL TRULY BECOME PART OF THE AUSTRALIAN STORY."  SIR WILLIAM DEANE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA.

(On Inside of Memorial-one name for each side of the pentagon  )

 

CHRISTOPHER EVANS

1.11.1971 - 2.12.1998

 

JASON THOMAS

2.10.1973 - 2.12. 1998

 

MATTHEW ARMSTRONG

13.10.1981 - 2.12.1998

 

STUART DAVIDSON

10.11.170 - 2.12.1998

 

GARRY VREDEVELDT

10.7.1951 - 2.12.1998

Left Side Inscription

(One one side)

ON THE 2 DECEMBER 1998 THE TOWN OF LINTON WAS THREATENED BY A BUSHFIRE DRIVEN BY STRONG WINDS

(One one side)

GEELONG FIRE CREWS, INCLUDING VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS FROM THE GEELONG WEST FIRE BRIGADE TRAVELLED TO LINTON TO ASSIST IN FIGHTING THE FIRE ARRIVING SOON AFTER 5.30 P.M. THAT DAY.

(One one side)

DURING THE EVENING THE GEELONG WEST CREW WERE ASSISTING A BUILDOZER DRIVE WITH THE CUTTING OF A NEW FIRE BREAK

(One one side)

AT ABOUT 8.45 PM A STRONG WIND CHANGE ARRIVED.  THE FIRE FLARED UP AND SURROUNDED THE GEELONG WEST TRUCK.  THE CREW MEMBERS LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE FIRE.

 

Source: MA
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