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A memorial commemorates five volunteer Geelong West firefighters who lost their lives in the December 1998 bushfire. It is erected at the site of the tragedy.
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 Country Fire Authority(CFA) were deployed to fight the fire.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., 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.
|Address:||Kelly Road, State Forest, Linton, 3360|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.656944|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||02-December-1998|
|Actual Event End Date:||02-December-1998|
10.7.1951 - 2.12.1998
1.11.1971 - 2.12.1998
2.10.1973 - 2.12.1998
10.11.1970 - 2.12.1998
13.10.1981 - 2.12.1998
This path leads to the memorial erected by the people of Linton and Snake Valley to honour the five Geelong West firefighters who died after being trapped by fire on 2 December, 1998
The eight pointed star represents the qualities required by a firefighter : tact, loyalty, dexterity, observation, sympathy, explicitness, gallantry and perserverance