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District 11 News

'One with the Lot' at Orbost

It was a pleasant sunday morning at Orbost and the troops were gathering for a briefing.

 8.15 PM 8 October, 2014

Pub in trouble in Orbost exercise

With the street outside the Orbost Club Hotel teeming with emergency services and the Bronto heaving into action, the owner of the pub lamented, “What a terrible weekend. The Swans lose and now the pub burns down!”

 5.39 PM 2 October, 2014

Another tanker for Wairewa

A happy crowd gathered at the community centre in Nowa Nowa for the handover of the keys to Wairewa's light tanker.

 4.46 PM 30 September, 2014

Busy Sunday for fire services

It was an early taste of the fire season as CFA and DEPI were kept busy attending to various bush and grass and scrub fires yesterday.

 12.12 PM 29 September, 2014

New field operations vehicles

Seven high-tech communications trucks worth more than $300,000 each are being deployed across the state to improve communications during major incidents and emergencies.

 8.30 AM 2 September, 2014

National Emergency Medals

Sunday the 20th July, four Brigades from West Gippsland Group attended a special ceremony to receive a National Emergency Medal. The Brigades included Drouin West, Longwarry & District, Neerim South & Warragul. 

 8.56 PM 31 July, 2014

Gipps bushfire community conference

Living with bushfire is a reality in Gippsland and the resilience of the community relies on shared lessons and an understanding of how fire behaves, as well as its impact on the environment.

 4.54 PM 21 July, 2014

Fire Safe Kids hits Baw Baw Shire

Schools in the Baw Baw Shire have been treated to several Fire Safe Kids sessions.

 4.35 PM 26 June, 2014

Hands on fun with Stratford brigade

Students at St Patrick’s Primary School were treated to a visit from the local Stratford fire brigade last Friday 6 June, to learn about home fire safety through CFA’s Fire Safe Kids program.

 4.29 PM 12 June, 2014

Drouin West member receives OAM

Also receiving an Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours was new Drouin West Fire Brigade member Ruth McGowan.

 2.47 PM 10 June, 2014

Golden Beach brigade-owned tanker

Golden Beach Fire Brigade has commissioned a new $212,000 brigade-owned tanker.

 10.52 AM 5 June, 2014

Reconciliation Week in Melton

Rockbank and Melton fire brigade members along with CFA community educator extraordinaire AprilHimmelreich celebrated with their local Indigenous community at the Koorie Night Market in Melton on Friday 30th May.

 7.58 PM 2 June, 2014

Hot nights in Mallacoota

In 2012, the Chief Officer visited the Mallacoota area and asked what was needed.  Captain Stuart Johnston said "We need a new station, a replacement truck, preferably a pumper tanker (the current tanker is over 26 years old) and a training prop."  

 9.34 AM 14 May, 2014

A veteran firefighter's thoughts

Bob Bassett, Deputy Group Officer with Tambo group, has encountered many reactions across a number of communities, and he decided to share some thoughts that may help others understand that we all share in the trauma of fires and other emergencies. 

 3.50 PM 29 April, 2014

Window of opportunity to burn

Loch Sport Caravan Park became the site for approx. 4.5ha fuel reduction burn conducted by CFA and DEPI crews from Loch Sport, Stradbroke, Longford & Golden Beach.

 1.36 PM 29 April, 2014

Reflecting on extraordinary season

After one of their most challenging and complex summers to date, CFA Gippsland staff took a day out last week to reflect on what has been an extraordinary fire season.

 11.29 AM 22 April, 2014

Buchan Hotel gutted

Buchan Captain Peter White was woken by a late night call to respond to the pub on fire. He saw the glow in the sky as he pulled out of his driveway.

 10.55 AM 14 April, 2014

Farm World Fun

Now in its 52nd year, Farm World is upon us yet again. The CFA Community Education Team is participating in the event that is expected to attract 50 000 people from all over Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania across the four days.

 10.35 AM 28 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire declared safe

After 45 days of intensive firefighting the Hazelwood open cut mine fire has been officially declared ‘safe’, and management handed back to the mine operators, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today.

 1.14 PM 25 March, 2014

Staceys Bridge Community Meet

A get together dinner for the Jack River community provided a chance for residents to talk with neighbours, catch up after the fire and speak with all agencies involved.

 1.17 PM 24 March, 2014