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30-December-2016
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A monument commemorates the five Geelong West volunteers firefighters who lost their lives while protecting Linton from a bushfire in 1998.

On 2 December 1998, a bushfire burned through private land and state forest near the township of Linton, Victoria. Fire fighters from Department of Natural Resources and Country Fire Authority (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:Eastern Beach Road & Yarra Street, Geelong, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.145011
Long: 144.365231
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-1988
Actual Event End Date:02-December-1988

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of our friend Gary "Dutchy" Vredeveldt and his crewmates

Mathew Armstrong   Chris Evans
Stuart Davidson        Jason Thomas

Who gave their lives fighting the Linton bushfire

2 December 1998

The Robertson family
Paul Robertson Car Sales

Source: MA
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