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CFA fireys take on aircraft exercise in Gippsland

The Gippsland Regional Aircraft Exercise was held today at the Latrobe Valley Airfield. The exercise is an opportunity for CFA members to practice their skills in air observing, relaying information back to an Incident Control Centre, flight following and aerial fire mapping.  

 9.46 AM 22 November, 2014

Koori Cultural Awareness Program at Lake Tyers

It was a lovely cool Sunday morning when 15 local CFA members came down to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Training Centre for a Koori Cultural Awareness Session.   It was a full day session from 10am -4pm that aimed to provide an insight into Aboriginal culture and history.

 4.31 PM 11 November, 2014

Residents urged to take care burning off

As temperatures begin to heat up, CFA has urged residents in the state’s south east to take extreme care when burning off.

 9.53 AM 29 October, 2014

Aboriginal firefighters honoured in Lake Tyers

Saturday 25 October was a wonderful day of celebration and commemoration for Lake Tyers Trust firefighters in Gippsland. Joined by members from surrounding brigades, District 11 operations staff, the Koori community and family from across the state, the firefighters were reunited with old friends, remembered founding members, received their service medals and celebrated the importance of the brigade to the Lake Tyers community and CFA.

 5.08 PM 27 October, 2014

Bushfire prevention partnerships recognised

The Vegetation Management Program and associated Fuel Reduction burning in Gippsland has built a series of significant partnerships across the region in order to better deliver vital bushfire prevention treatments to the community.

 11.13 AM 21 October, 2014

Gippsland hosts first bushfire community forum

Gippsland recently hosted an Australian first community bushfire preparedness initiative.

 10.37 AM 21 October, 2014

'One with the Lot' at Orbost

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

 9.15 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!”

 6.39 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.

 5.46 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.

 1.12 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.

 9.30 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. 

 9.56 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.

 5.54 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.

 5.35 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.

 5.29 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.

 3.47 PM 10 June, 2014

Golden Beach brigade-owned tanker

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

 11.52 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.

 8.58 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."  

 10.34 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. 

 4.50 PM 29 April, 2014