A SMOKING ceremony will be held at Bamawm Extension fire station on Sunday to protect CFA firefighters during this year’s summer fire danger period.
The ceremony will be conducted by Wolithiga Elders at 10am.
CFA District 20 operations manager Peter Taylor said he was proud to have partnered with the traditional elders to acknowledge the commitment of volunteer firefighters and ensure their safety over the coming months.
“CFA and the Aboriginal community share a culture of fire and this is an opportunity to show our respect to the culture and values of the local Aboriginal community,’’ he said.
An open invitation is extended to all members of the community and particularly those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or hold a cultural link to the area.
It is anticipated that senior officers of emergency services will also attend, along with volunteers from local fire brigades.
Lunch will be hosted by the Bamawm Extension Fire Brigade.
■For details or to RSVP contact Bryan Pickthall on 0418977735 or Lisa Clinch on 0439940 235.