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In another reminder of how fast time's going, the Red Cross Blood Service Emergency Services Challenge starts tomorrow and runs until the end of August.

 12.18 PM 31 May, 2016

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A range of services and resources are available to CFA members to help members manage their mental health and deal with difficulties when they arise. 

 12.10 PM 14 July, 2016

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This Saturday 30 July, Operations Officer Terry Heafield will embark on an epic 2500 kilometre bike ride, stopping off at fire stations around Victoria to engage CFA members in open conversations about depression and anxiety.

 11.07 AM 25 July, 2016

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CFA members have the opportunity to contribute to an independent review into equity and diversity being conducted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

 3.56 PM 26 July, 2016

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The 16th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 8-15 October 2016. They are offering 52 different sports. 

 9.13 AM 2 August, 2016

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Even riders in the Tour de France have rest days. Terry Heafield is having none of that as he rides 2500 kilometres around Victoria over three weeks. Winning for him will be helping just one person recognise they are suffering from depression and seeking help.

 6.09 PM 8 August, 2016

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There is no guidebook when depression emerges undiagnosed in a family member.

 11.23 AM 15 August, 2016

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With today’s commencement of a post-traumatic stress disorder pilot program, MFB and CFA firefighters have a further option to seek treatment if they feel they may be suffering from what is a serious illness.

 3.09 PM 31 August, 2016

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Psychological health issues are becoming more common, both in the community and the workplace, with 45 per cent of Australians experiencing a mental health issue during their lifetime.

 3.32 PM 31 August, 2016

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Registrations for the Get Moving Challenge are now open! Teams of 5-10 people can now register to compete against other CFA teams from all over Victoria, aiming to increase physical activity levels and take the highest number of steps each day for six weeks. 

 12.03 PM 5 September, 2016

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CFA members issued with structural ensembles can look forward to a surprise spring cleaning.

 12.32 PM 5 September, 2016

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Register your team in the Get Moving Challenge before registrations close this Sunday 18 October.

 12.46 PM 14 September, 2016

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October is Health and Safety Month. This is important to us at CFA as we want all members to return home safe at the end of the day, whether it be after a CFA activity or after any other work our members perform.

 9.39 AM 28 September, 2016

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More firefighters will be helping paramedics save the lives of heart attack victims, with the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Program starting today in five fire stations across Victoria.

 10.46 AM 3 October, 2016

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Man Up is a three-part documentary series and social awareness campaign, hosted by Triple M radio personality Gus Worland, which aims to get to the bottom of the male suicide crisis, effect real social change and hopefully even save lives. 

 9.54 AM 11 October, 2016

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CFA members still have the opportunity to contribute to the Independent Review into Equity and Diversity being conducted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

 9.12 AM 25 October, 2016

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Looking back to the February 2009 bushfires, Radio National's Life Matters program spoke to Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs, Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne and Jason Gaffee Kinglake police officer.

 9.40 AM 30 November, 2016

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The Equity and Diversity Review survey closes this Sunday 18 December, so this is your last chance to participate!

 9.29 AM 15 December, 2016

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It should come as no surprise that CFA knows a fair bit about smoke on the fireground.

 2.32 PM 3 January, 2017

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At only 26 years of age, Tim Rogers is already a veteran peer. Now in his sixth year, he is also the District 15 Deputy Peer Coordinator.

 9.57 PM 27 March, 2017

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The Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria has issued a Public Warning Notice to consumers under section 228 of the Australian Consumer Law & Fair Trading Act 2012, regarding a specific design of 'Happy birthday to you" novelty musical candles.

 3.57 PM 8 June, 2017

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Dr Michael Sargeant has been the CFA Medical Officer for some 20 years.

 12.09 PM 14 June, 2017

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The Country Fire Authority Sports & Recreation Association (CFASRA) is looking for CFA members who are interested or intending to go to the World Police & Fire Games to be held in Los Angeles from 7 to 16 August 2017.  

 12.12 PM 14 June, 2017

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For Group Officer Steve Lewis (Dundas Group), who suffered a stroke back in March, his awareness of stroke signs combined with an effective response at Western District Health Service has meant the difference between a full recovery and permanent disability or death. 

 12.02 PM 3 July, 2017

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On the evening of Wednesday June 28th, 2017, we ran a “Men’s HealthNight” at District 27 HQ in Morwell. 

 4.46 PM 4 July, 2017

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In May 2017, CFA appointed a dedicated Assistant Chief Officer Steve Smith to lead our inclusion work.

 1.57 PM 21 July, 2017

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Allan East, a member of Mooroopna Fire Brigade is the first to admit their brigade doesn’t mind a creative approach to fundraising events. 

 1.19 PM 24 July, 2017

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For CFA brigades Kinglake and Toolangi, speaking out against family violence is a message both want to make loud and clear to their local communities and beyond.

 5.59 PM 28 July, 2017

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The Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group is having its annual fundraiser this October and the team want you to 'leave your hat on' and help raise money for the important work they do in the local community.

 10.14 AM 11 August, 2017

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CFA and VicPol are in the race for the highest donations nationally.

 3.35 PM 21 August, 2017

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In 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires engulfed large numbers of coastal, central and eastern regions in Victoria with the tragic loss of 13 firefighters at Upper Beaconsfield. 

 11.15 AM 25 August, 2017

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It’s time to slip on your sneakers and prepare yourself for this year’s annual Get Moving Challenge!

 4.59 PM 29 August, 2017

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Langwarrin Fire Brigade and Langwarrin Running Club came together on Saturday to host special guest marathon runner Steve Moneghetti, who travelled down from Ballarat to coach the members of the running club.

 11.26 AM 4 September, 2017

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Yesterday (14 September) was R U OK? Day which is a national day of action that recognises the important part in which conversation, plays in helping out someone who might be doing it tough.

 4.34 PM 15 September, 2017

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BackFit Plus and DeskFit Plus sessions are currently being delivered around the state by the Healthy For Life Program.

 2.06 PM 3 October, 2017

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Yesterday (Sunday 8 October) marked the first day of Mental Health Week 2017. 

 11.10 AM 9 October, 2017

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Today marks World Mental Health Day; a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

 6.36 PM 9 October, 2017

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Following on from our previous posts for Mental Health Week, today we would like to share some techniques around stress management and the importance of self-care.

 3.12 PM 11 October, 2017

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There are moments when it can feel as though talking to someone about their feelings can seem hard. But keeping silent could make it even worse for yourself and others. You don’t have to go through this alone, support from friends, colleagues, family or a health professional can help.

 5.08 PM 12 October, 2017

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The use of mobile and computer apps which aid in mental health promotion, awareness and support is growing exponentially as mental health professionals and organisations increasingly realise the usefulness of this popular technology as a tool to enhance wellbeing.

 9.23 AM 13 October, 2017

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In 2017, CFA joined the Male Champions of Change with Frances Diver as CFA Champion and ACO Inclusion and Fairness Steve Smith Implementation Leader. A report released yesterday by Male Champions of Change yesterday titled 'We Set the Tone: Eliminating Everyday Sexism', outlines what everyday sexism looks like, its impact on employees, career advancement and productivity, and actions that can be taken to address this harmful workplace dynamic.

 11.57 AM 25 October, 2017

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This year’s finalists for the Fire Awareness Awards have been announced and we’re proud to have a number of CFA entries among the list.

 9.53 AM 6 November, 2017