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Planned burn campaign begins

Autumn brings favourable conditions for planned burning, with crews taking advantage of the weather to conduct a large amount of operations across the state over the next month.

 10.02 AM 18 March, 2015

Golden Square’s rehab unit online

District 2 Fire Fighters now have access to a Firefighter Rehabilitation Unit located at Golden Square which can be requested through VicFire to attend any fire or incident requiring firefighters to be put through rehabilitation.

 9.43 AM 17 March, 2015

Moyston fire 2015 - case study

The ‘Learning from incidents’ section of Brigade magazine includes case studies of major incidents researched by Fire & Emergency Management. Here, the team analyses the 2015 Moysten fire.

 3.42 PM 16 March, 2015

A win-win for CFA and Hesket Kerrie Brigade

In 2013, a fire in hilly and heavily-treed terrain around Kerrie saw the slip-on become the appliance of choice with its ability to manoeuvre and cope with steep slopes.

 4.27 PM 6 March, 2015

Planned burning capacity increases in Gippsland

The capacity to undertake planned burning in Gippsland is continuing to grow thanks to a local partnership between CFA and HVP Plantations.

 2.37 PM 5 March, 2015

CFA members needed to test tactical obs app

CFA members are invited to get involved in the trial of a new mobile phone application that could potentially revolutionise the quality and detail of information gathered and relayed directly from the fireground.

 1.08 PM 4 March, 2015

Pre-determined aircraft dispatch soars statewide

It’s been three years since the inter-agency pre-determined dispatch (PDD) of aircraft began out of Bendigo. The joint initiative has been so successful it extended across the state for the 2014-15 summer.

 8.31 AM 3 March, 2015

OM's Update - March 2015

It appears that the end may be in sight to what has been an interesting summer season for us. Our early fire conditions and activity kept us busy right up until early into the new year. However, more favourable conditions and, in some cases, reasonable rainfall has seen conditions become much more sedate than at the same time last year.

 4.01 PM 2 March, 2015

Members' role in Public Info Section – training

As members of the community we are all aware of the work of the Public Information Section during an incident, whether we realise it or not. In the past five years it’s likely you have seen a warning, heard a media update, or been to a community meeting about an emergency. If so, you have seen the work of the Public Information Section in action. 

 3.14 PM 2 March, 2015

Community Safety on the BMT

  The formalisation of a Brigade - Community Safety Coordinator on each Brigade Management Team (BMT) from this year is a leading cultural change for CFA. It recognises that community safety is core business across the organisation including at the brigade level.

 2.53 PM 2 March, 2015

Control line damage restored for landowners

Following major fires across the north-east, CFA approached landholders on more than 150 properties with land or fences damaged by fire suppression measures at major fires during the 2014-15 fire season.

 10.15 AM 26 February, 2015

Ground observers get ahead of the fire

There’s a changing landscape of risk in District 2 and CFA ground observers (GOs) operating out of Bendigo are helping fire services stay a step ahead.

 11.38 AM 23 February, 2015

Weather stations deliver fireground intel

It's been ten years since Everton member Ian Murray took on the job of manning the Wangaratta North portable weather station - one of five such stations strategically placed around the state which can be deployed to locations near 'going' fires to deliver accurate weather readings.

 10.57 AM 17 February, 2015

Victorian emergency services return home from WA

The majority of the 150 Victorian emergency services personnel who have been in Western Australia assisting with firefighting efforts will return home from today.

 11.50 AM 8 February, 2015

District 17 HQ brigade's weather monitors

A Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) initiative 10 years ago to gather more accurate weather readings close to going fires has led to the strategic long-term placement of five portable automatic weather stations (PAWS) with fire brigades in Horsham, Wangaratta North and Hazelwood North, and two with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at Altona.

 12.05 PM 5 February, 2015

CFA crews deployed to Western Australia

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson farewelled 69 CFA members who are travelling to Western Australia today to help with firefighting efforts in the state’s south west. 

 10.50 AM 3 February, 2015

Fire season - lessons learned to date

As anticipated, we experienced an early start to fire season across our District. Below average rainfall in most parts throughout winter and spring resulted in the early curing of grass, drying of forest fuels, along with below average levels in dams and water catchments.

 9.51 AM 2 February, 2015

New coal mine fire briefing video

A new video has been developed for emergency services personnel to introduce them to the very specific challenges faced when fighting fires in a coal mine.

 10.48 AM 29 January, 2015

Preservation of fire investigation scenes

The CFA Fire Investigation section has developed the Fire Scene Preservation poster to raise the awareness of the importance of fire scene preservation and the process of requesting fire investigation assistance at fire scenes. 

 11.42 AM 12 January, 2015