Six members of Cobargo’s Ayliffe family serve in the local RFS brigade. Brian Ayliffe is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected firemen. He’s had 62 years active service in the RFS, is a former Cobargo Brigade captain, Group captain and Divisional commander. He is the recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal recipient. He and wife Mary lost their original family home and shop in the fires. Rather than replace them, they are donating their now-empty block of land to the town so it can build a Resilience Centre to commemorate those affected by the catastrophe.
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