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Linton Bushfire Memorial
Linton Bushfire Memorial

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

The 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, and fire fighters from the 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.


Address:Sussex Street, Linton, 3360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.6826303
Long: 143.565758
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:02-December-1988
Actual Event End Date:02-December-1988


Front Inscription

The People Of Linton And Snake Valley
Have Erected This Monument In Honour Of
Five Geelong West Volunteer Firefighters
Who Gave Their Lives Protecting Linton
From Bushfire On 2 December 1998.

The Fire Started At Snake Valley About
1pm And By Mid Afternoon Threatened
Linton.  The Geelong West Crew Attended
As Part Of An Emergency Strike Team
From The Geelong area.

A Major Wind Change At 8.45 Caused The
Entrapment Of The Geelong West Crew When
Fire Suddenly Engulfed Their Tanker.

In Their Honour A Monument Has Also
Been Placed In The Nearby Forest
By The Local Communities.


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au