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District 9 News

Members manning portable weather stations

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 three portable automatic weather stations (PAWS) with fire brigades in Hazelwood North, Wangaratta Northand Horsham, and two with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at Altona.

 2.52 PM 30 January, 2015

Ivan Smith – AFSM

In his 50 years of service, Ivan Smith has seen firefighting change from beaters to bombers, but some tough memories of the early days will remain with him forever.

 1.00 PM 23 January, 2015

New advertisement targets arson in Gippsland

A new TV advertisement produced by the Gippsland Arson Prevention Program (GAPP) ‘Stop Bushfire Arson’ is helping to raise community awareness to target and reduce the incidence of bushfire arson across the Gippsland region this summer season.

 3.16 PM 5 December, 2014

Alan Stuart, Mt Taylor Fire Brigade, District 11

Alan joined CFA in about 1956. He features as the "Face of CFA" in the upcoming issue of Brigade magazine

 4.29 PM 24 November, 2014

Churchill Annual Dinner and Presentation Night

A large number of Churchill Fire Brigade members, Morwell Group representatives, CFA personnel and guests gathered at the Churchill Hotel to celebrate the Churchill brigade’s year of operation and to present awards.

 4.24 PM 23 November, 2014

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

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

Gippsland hosts first bushfire community forum

Gippsland recently hosted an Australian first community bushfire preparedness initiative.

 10.37 AM 21 October, 2014

Private burn gets out in the wind

A windy afternoon and smoke near the plantations in Moirs Rd had Trafalgar, Moe and Thorpdale brigades on the road.

 11.21 AM 20 October, 2014

Footy fever at Ruby Fire Station

Ruby Fire Brigade used AFL Grand Final day as an excuse to gather at the fire station with their families, cheer and jeer the teams, and enjoy the expert barbecue skills of Nathan Hardacre.

 8.22 AM 3 October, 2014

Chief meets CFA members about new district

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has met CFA members in the Latrobe Valley to discuss the new CFA ‘District 27’ which will cover the area of Latrobe City Council.

 12.44 PM 23 September, 2014

Drouin Lions helps Drouin West to acquire BA

As the communities of Drouin West and Jindivick continue to change and grow, so does the risk.

 10.51 AM 10 September, 2014

Small grass and scrub fire at Fumina

UPDATE: An Advice Message has been issued by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries at 3:37pm today, Tuesday 9 September, regarding a fire burning in a logging coup at Fumina. The fire is now under control and there is no threat to communities.  ***** An Advice Message was issued overnight for a three hectare grass and scrub fire burning in a logging coup on Fergusons Road at Fumina.

 9.16 AM 9 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

Case of meow-staken identity

Solving mysteries is all in a day’s work for the crew at Pakenham Fire Station and for one local resident.

 11.12 AM 30 August, 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

76 years a firefighter

Like most volunteers, Duncan Holman doesn’t think his time as a firefighter was anything too flash. He just wanted to help people in their time of need.

 3.48 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

Maintain your chimney campaign

Wednesday’s icy temperature didn’t stop the team from CFA and Baw Baw Shire from promoting fireplace and chimney safety to the local community, following a spate of chimney fires in the area.

 2.39 PM 26 June, 2014