Memorial to those who have died


Past members of Mt Riverview Rural Fire Brigade who have died while active members of the brigade were honoured with the unveiling of a memorial bell on Saturday, May 15.

Mt Riverview Rural Fire Brigade President, Craig Haslam, Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill and Mt Riverview Rural Fire Brigade Captain, Andrew Fleming, at the unveiling of the Alan Spears Memorial Bell.

Mt Riverview Rural Fire Brigade President, Craig Haslam, Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill and Mt Riverview Rural Fire Brigade Captain, Andrew Fleming, at the unveiling of the Alan Spears Memorial Bell.

The idea for the memorial bell was first suggested by RFS chaplain, Keith King, who conducted the funeral service for Mt Riverview brigade foundation member Alan Spears in 2019 and made the initial donation towards the bell's cost.

More than 500 men and women have served in the ranks of the Mt Riverview brigade since its formation in 1969. Alan Spears was a member for more than 50 years and served as captain for 10 years.

The memorial bell unveiling was attended by Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill, RFS Blue Mountains Inspector Robert Vinzenz, Group Captain Greg Corrigan, Alan Spears' widow Heather, son Shane and daughter Charmaine, as well as current members.

Current captain Andrew Fleming rang the bell to acknowledge the late Jim Fisher, Colin Alexander, Terry Jacka and Alan Spears who all died while active members of the brigade.