Firemen's torchlight processions
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About firemen's torchlight processions
The first firemen's torchlight procession made its way through Melbourne's streets in 1873, celebrating the brigades' strength and expertise. Over the decades, the rowdy event became a popular fixture on calendars across the state, with the parade, pyrotechnics and brass bands attracting throngs of excited spectators.
The processions culminated in competitions involving hose reels, pumps and ladders, instilling not only a sense of civic pride but also helping to develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie amongst brigade members. Torchlight processions remain a highlight of the volunteer brigades' urban and rural state championships today, and hose reels still feature in competition events.
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