I was honoured to attend the Kenthurst Rural Fire Service Brigade’s 75th Anniversary Dinner on Friday 7th April 2017, at the beautiful Allegro Function Centre.

This commemorative event had an incredible 1940’s era theme in recognition of the organisation’s establishment date of 6th April 1942.

Upon arrival, guests entered a themed ‘time tunnel’ of sand-bagged bunkers and camouflage nets, which effectively transported them back to the early twentieth century.

The venue was decorated with old firefighting, farming and military memorabilia, and the room was filled with the sounds of Australian Army Band Sydney and some fantastic ‘swing’ music. There were uniforms and medals galore, along with fox fur stoles and graceful evening gowns.

It was a glorious celebration, and a fitting commemoration to the incredible history of the Kenthurst Brigade which was established after the devastating fires that swept the Hills in 1939.

Out of the ashes rose local armies of community volunteers who created this incredible local network of brigades in Kellyville, Annangrove, Box Hill-Nelson, Rouse Hill and Kenthurst; who work tirelessly to attend emergencies both locally and further afield when needed.

Congratulations Kenthurst Rural Fire Service on your 75th Anniversary, and thank you for all the incredible work that you do, and have done.