Protecting lives for 60 years

Lindsay McGrath, 77, became Colac Fire Brigade’s Firefighter of the Year in July, and also earned recognition for his 60 years of volunteer service to the Country Fire Authority.

A 77-year-old Colac firefighter’s family still worries every time his pager goes off despite his 60 years of firefighting experience.

Lindsay McGrath has reflected on his time volunteering with the Country Fire Authority after peers voted him Colac Fire Brigade’s Firefighter of the Year.

Lindsay received the award at an awards night where he also received his 60-year CFA service medal.

Lindsay said he joined the CFA at Stanhope in 1956, before he and his family moved to Simpson where he was a brigade member for 19 years, and brigade captain for 15.

The McGraths farmed dairy cattle at Simpson before moving to Colac, where Lindsay is still an active CFA volunteer.

Lindsay said he was honoured to win Firefighter of the Year for the first time “at his age”, and said he would remain a volunteer “as long as I’m of some use to the brigade”.

“I didn’t think at my age that I’d be in line for anything like that, but it’s an honour to have it,” he said.

Lindsay said he could still remember his first fire.

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One Response to “Protecting lives for 60 years”

  1. Dave

    Marvellous gentleman who also volunteers for The Red Cross.