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Taroona Rural Fire Brigade celebrates 75 years

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The Taroona Volunteer Fire Brigade is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Crews and communities are recognising the contribution and commitment volunteers make for the region.

The first squads were founded by Marc Ashton and his band of Taroona brothers in 1946 as an unofficial local brigade; the group officially registered as the Taroona Rural Fire Brigade in 1951.

The Brigade has made a huge impact across the state, assisting with the 1967 fires, the Taroona Bowls Club, Pre-School and High School and Dunalley in 2013.

When up in the North West in 2016, members assisted for 29 days straight.

Taroona volunteers have also been deployed interstate, helping crews in New South Wales and Queensland in 2018 and 2019.

First Officer Tristan Roberts said the community has always been involved with the brigade.

"We're very well supported by a number of community organisations," he said.

Today, local firies will be hosting static displays of current and historical firefighting equipment and an audio-visual history of the brigade.

Active brigade members and Tasmania Fire Service members are demonstrating their firefighting skills for locals throughout today.

"Even though the last couple of fire seasons have been quieter, it's still very much in people's minds to be prepared," Mr Roberts said.

Check out pictures from today's celebrations below!

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