WARRNAMBOOL fire brigade responded to almost two call-outs a day in the past financial year.
In its 150th year the brigade responded to 603 fires, incidents and emergencies throughout the past financial year.
In the brigade’s annual report, officer in charge Henry Barton said the summer season had been one of the longest and busiest in years, with the brigade involved in strike teams and incident management teams across the district, region and state from mid-November through to late April.
He said the Telstra exchange fire in November was the most significant incident the brigade attended.
“Although the fire itself was not major it affected the whole south-west of Victoria for several weeks and with implications for both state and federal governments,” he said.
The summer months were the busiest, with 64 turnouts in December, 59 in January and 65 in February.
The most call-outs happened between 4pm and 6pm.
For the 2012-13 period volunteer brigade members attended to 487 code one calls.
Of those volunteer members, Mandy Maglaras and Louis Carvalho were recognised on Saturday night for their outstanding contribution to the brigade.
Mr Carvalho took out the firefighter of the year award.
He is in his sixth year with the brigade having joined as a teenager.
Mr Carvalho works as a computer technician but has dreams of becoming a career firefighter.
“I’ve absolutely loved it,” he said.
For Ms Maglaras, winning the encouragement award was the icing on the cake for her first year with the brigade.
She said her father had been a firefighter for 42 years and it had inspired her to put her hand up.
She said she enjoyed the camaraderie and serving the community.
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” she said.