It is with regret that I advise all personnel that Retired Station Officer Edward “Ted” DYSON (Reg No 1376) passed away peacefully, at Maryborough Hospital on 6th April last.
Ted joined the MFB on 9th October 1953 and retired on 3rd July 1987 after almost 35 years dedicated service to the MFB and the community.
After his initial training at FS 1, Ted went on to serve at FS 4, FS 48, FS 2, FS 5 and FS 51. After promotion to Station Officer, Ted transferred to the Training College where he played a major role in the training of Officer candidates and the “big gear” operators. His fascination with all things mechanical saw him become an expert on everything and anything to do with the Turntable Ladders, Hydraulic Platforms and the Hale Pumps.
In the days when the SO Candidate yard exams consisted of a firefighting exercise, a Dennis Pump drill and a Magirus Ladder drill many candidates passed the ladder drill thanks to the marks Ted had painstakingly chiselled into the concrete, of the old Training College yard, to indicate where the turntable needed to be in order to reach their objectives.
Messages of condolence can be sent to Ted’s wife Lucy at 7 Kars Street, Maryborough, 3465.
See later papers for funeral details