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Marg & Alan Benson

Marg & Alan Benson
Interviewed on:
26 April 2023
Interviewed by:
Alex Watkins

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  • Sloppy salad sandwiches - Marg & Alan Benson
  • We had no hope of catching up to it - Marg & Alan Benson
  • If someone panics on that road, we are going to be in deep trouble - Marg & Alan Benson
  • You have not got time to get a seatbelt on, go now - Marg & Alan Benson
  • We have just got to pull together as a community and rebuild this place - Marg & Alan Benson
  • It was a completely different type of town by 1990 - Marg & Alan Benson
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Marg was a key figure in the Red Cross response to the emergency while Alan was active with the Aireys Inlet CFA on the day. Ash Wednesday highlighted Marg’s expertise in providing for the needs of firefighters and the community, and her actions during the evacuation from Aireys Inlet and then Anglesea were pivotal in keeping vulnerable people safe. Alan vividly remembers the ‘thundering horses’ of the approaching fire and the hectic scramble that followed.

Both Marg and Alan carry with them a lifetime’s experience of dealing with emergencies through the Red Cross and were at the centre of recovery efforts from the community hall in Aireys Inlet. They observed up close the transformative effects that Ash Wednesday had on the town and its people.

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