Lismore Fire Brigade captain Brett Lowden with retired fireman Des Fairfull at the reunion.
Lismore Fire Brigade captain Brett Lowden with retired fireman Des Fairfull at the reunion.

Old firies never die...

When old fire fighters get together, their stories get longer and more heroic with each retelling according to Lismore’s current captain Brett Lowden.

About 65 retired fire fighters got together at the Lismore Fire Station on Tuesday to reminisce and catch up with some old mates and meet some new ones.

Most of the men served in the North East region of NSW, but others may have served in Sydney and have since retired to the North Coast.

“You might get two retirees who live just around the corner from each other and become good mates,” Mr Lowden said. “It’s like one big family, that’s what the fire brigade is all over the world.”

This is the second year the reunion has been run in regional centres and the idea of getting together for a few sausages and salad has been well received by the ex-firies.

Des Fairfull served in Lismore for 47 years from 1959 to 2005.

He told a tale about attending a fire in Terania Street, North Lismore at midnight once.

“After the fire was put out and we were still mopping up in the early hours of the morning, it was so cold that all the men had white frost on their black tunics (uniforms),” he said.

Brett Lowden said they would love to hear from any other retired firies in the area who aren’t yet on their mailing list.


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