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District 20 News

Engaging women in brigades workshop

We believe it is important that CFA is gender inclusive and we are committed to taking action. On Friday 17 April, more than 40 CFA members attended a leadership workshop in Kerang to discuss the vital issue of engaging and encouraging women to be more actively involved in their brigades. A key outcome of the workshop was the development of the statement of intent - agreed by all - as an achievable vision for the future.

 4.58 PM 24 April, 2015

Hot bird saved by Echuca fireys

It wasn’t your average call-out for members of Echuca Fire Brigade on Tuesday morning. 

 2.48 PM 21 April, 2015

Our fallen: Quambatook’s Anzacs

Shane Pilgrim was standing in awe at the foot of the Quambatook War Memorial during an Anzac Day service in 2013 when he had a moment of inspiration – he just knew he had to tell the stories of the local men that fought and died in the battles of the Great War. 

 11.38 AM 20 April, 2015

Paddle steamer up in smoke

It's not a call you want to get at 5.05am when over half the brigade are away at the State Championships.

 11.03 AM 12 March, 2015

Three house fires in 24 hours

CFA crews have responded to three house fires in the last 24 hours across the state – in a timely reminder to all Victorians about the importance of home fire safety.

 10.06 AM 11 March, 2015

D18 and 20 Connecting Women Forum

On Sunday 22 February 2015, a typical hot day in the Mallee, 63 women from Districts 18 and 20 attended the Connecting Women Forum in Berriwillock. The purpose of the day was to build confidence and encourage women to be more actively involved in their brigades. 

 2.37 PM 2 March, 2015

Celebrating women in emergency services

International Women’s Day is fast approaching and women across North West Region who work or volunteer for emergency services will be celebrated with a special afternoon tea in Bendigo.

 9.24 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.

 12.38 PM 23 February, 2015

Volunteering as Air Attack Supervisor

Newham volunteer Andrew Avent has an ideal background for air attack supervision. He’s been with CFA for 12 years and is Wildfire 2 and crew leader qualified so he understands fire behavior. 

 11.46 AM 9 February, 2015

More than a century later and still going strong

Fire brigades have been holding local and district competitions for more than 140 years. The Rural Championships have been held continuously since the early 1950s. This year is no different with approximately 200 brigades competing in the Urban and Rural State Championships.

 2.07 PM 4 February, 2015

Wedderburn Community Emergency Services Day

They say that social connections and organisational relationships are essential qualities that help knit together the fabric of a strong community. On a hot, blustery Total Fire Ban day in the middle of December in Wedderburn, this could not have been more evident.

 2.19 PM 23 January, 2015

Hay, that’s a whirlwind

Fire crews – including one waterbombing helicopter and the Firebird fixed wing plane – ‘hit it hard, hit it fast’ yesterday in response to a 45-hectare stubble fire in Avenmore (near Elmore) which also set a large hay stack alight. 

 1.45 PM 21 December, 2014

Major fire at Stanhope dairy production plant

A dairy processing plant at Stanhope has been substantially damaged by a fire in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 16 December.

 9.59 AM 16 December, 2014

Total Fire Ban in Mallee, Wimmera on Sunday

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a total fire ban for Sunday November 30 for the Mallee and Wimmera districts.

 3.24 PM 29 November, 2014

One thousand hay bales destroyed

More than 1,000 hay bales and a hay shed have been destroyed in a fire that started just before midday yesterday (25 November) in a hay shed at Mologa near Bendigo.

 9.47 AM 26 November, 2014

North West Region commits to violence prevention

Today was a seminal day for women and men in North West Region for two reasons.

 9.36 PM 25 November, 2014

North West Region walks for White Ribbon Day

Today, North West Region members joined the Bendigo Walks for White Ribbon Day to demonstrate our commitment to ending violence against women.

 9.29 PM 25 November, 2014

Second TFB declared in the Mallee

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a total fire ban for tomorrow Saturday November 8 for the Mallee district.

 4.04 PM 7 November, 2014

Students at VEMTC - Wangaratta

On a cloudy day in October, 68 young student fire fighters boarded buses and made the trip to Wangaratta in anticipation of attending the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) to undertake hot fire training on the PAD (Practical Area Drills).

 3.39 PM 30 October, 2014

Wassing takes a stand against violence

CFA Assistant Chief Officer Mike Wassing says statistics about violence against women are shocking.

 8.58 AM 6 October, 2014