Freemasonry is
 VW Bro Brian Morgan stands beside an RFS Air Firefighting plane

As a member of the Cootamundra Aviation Support Brigade of the Rural Fire Service I assisted in fighting the disastrous fires which have recently devastated Australia. Many of the members of my brigade have been deployed to various locations throughout NSW both as Air Base Operators and/or ground crew.

I have now retired from active ground firefighting, so I elected to serve as an Air Base Operator to load the fire-bombing aircraft with any of four different mediums: water, foam, gel or retardant. All have different uses and applications on the fire ground to assist the ground crews in controlling and extinguishing fires.

During December I was deployed to an airbase at Mudgee where I assisted with loading planes to help fight the Gosper’s Mountain, Turin and Meads Creek fires.

While we never usually see the flames, we know that we must achieve
a quick turnaround time to enable containment and/or control of these fires for the protection of life and/or property.

Of course, many masons have spent countless hours on the fire front trying to save houses and even townships from the flames.

I do know of one mason who has been out with his crew for many hours trying to protect communities while his wife and family were being evacuated from their homes because of approaching fires.

I have been a firefighter in various brigades since the age of 18 (55 years) and have found that in most brigades there exists a friendship and camaraderie very similar to Freemasonry. May it last forever.

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