EMV's own Dawn Hartog recently became the first female captain of the Toolangi CFA Brigade in Outer-Eastern Melbourne.
Dawn, who is acting Manager Emergency Management Community Information at EMV, joined the brigade in 2012 after being part of the Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House Committee of Management for three years.
Mrs Hartog is on secondment from CFA where she had worked for the past twelve years in Community Engagement, and maintains that a supportive partner and community are key to being able to commit the time necessary to fulfil the new role. Previously, Dawn had been a Junior Leader and 4th Lieutenant in the Toolangi Fire Brigade, and been involved in many events like the Oxfam trailwalker, Stadium Stomp, Firefighters Stair Climb and the Eureka Climb alongside members of both Toolangi and Kinglake Fire Brigades
Mrs Hartog is a proud advocate of volunteering in the local community, particularly with CFA Brigades.
"I love the team element of it. Being part of a team, working together, helping each other, learning from each other, protecting each other. I have an amazing little brigade in the hills. The members there give so much of themselves, when many of us work off of the hill."
"Life is so busy, but we all keep turning up and turning out. We have a fantastic Juniors program as well that just keeps going from strength to strength. It has inspired some of our senior members, and seeing both interact, is great. We have a bloody good time, and quite a few laughs."
"I am very proud to be a member of Toolangi Fire Brigade, and I hope that I can do justice to the position of Captain, both for the membership, as well as our communities."