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District 4 News

Portland video aims to attract more staff

Our career firefighters who are looking for a tree or sea change can get the best of both worlds if they transfer to little-known Portland Fire Station.  

 10.51 AM 24 July, 2017

Heywood Wood, Wine & Roses Festival

“Safer Together” was definitely the theme at this year’s Heywood Wood Wine & Roses Festival.

 12.28 PM 1 March, 2017

Portland gains new firefighters

CFA’s Portland Fire Station has enhanced its capacity to protect the community, with the addition of five new career firefighters rostered on a day shift.

 3.01 PM 10 January, 2017

Serra Group Officer Armytage talks risk

In mid-October “it’s as wet as it’s ever been” across the Serra Group area in District 5, according to Group Officer Simon Armytage. 

 3.46 PM 22 November, 2016

Portland Fire Station official opening

Gayle Tierney MLC member for Western Victoria officially opened the new Portland Fire Station on Sunday 20 November. Guests included CFA Board Member Timothy Young, Acting ACO for South West Region Rohan Luke and District 4 Operations Manager Peter Novotny.

 10.22 AM 21 November, 2016

South West Spatial Vision VicMap book

The new 5th Edition of the South West Spatial Vision VicMap book has been printed and delivered to districts, who will then distribute the books to the appropriate places.

 10.28 AM 4 November, 2016

Bahgallah back from the brink

Bahgallah’s captain and first lieutenant visited Regional BASO Victoria Pullen earlier this year to discuss the brigade’s viability. Casterton Group Officer Jeff Black also attended and saw “a few members banging their heads against the wall”.

 12.32 PM 26 August, 2016

Car fire interrupts open day

Lights, sirens and thick black smoke interrupted Portland’s first open day in their Percy Street fire station. 

 1.34 PM 18 July, 2016

Cycling to raise cancer-fighting funds

This week is Men’s Health Week, a country-wide event aimed at educating, promoting and raising awareness of all things to do with the health and wellbeing of men of all ages. A health crisis in member Ashley Browne’s family prompted him to embark on a fundraising bike ride for charity.

 2.46 PM 17 June, 2016

Faces of CFA: Acting VMO Meaghan Cooper

What are your CFA roles? I’ve been a Planned Burn Resource Coordinator since November 2015 and, since early April, I’ve been the Acting Vegetation Management Officer for districts six and seven. It’s a big opportunity.

 3.22 PM 19 May, 2016

Thank you to our CFA families

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the Brigade Support Team has collected 21 wonderful stories from families and communities in each CFA District.

 2.16 PM 4 May, 2016

Career info sessions: Warrnambool & Portland

Residents from in and around Warrnambool and Portland are invited to hear more about firefighting as a career via two information sessions being held by CFA in mid-May. 

 3.50 PM 22 April, 2016

Save the date: State Forum

The CFA-SES Community Safety and Hazard Awareness State Forum will be heading down the Surf Coast this year, with Mantra Lorne hosting the forum on the weekend of 6-7 August. 

 11.55 AM 6 April, 2016

Warrnambool & Portland stations off and running

Two new fire stations in Victoria’s South West became operational today (1 April) as firefighters at Warrnambool and Portland brigades started turning out to incidents for the first time from their new locations. 

 2.37 PM 1 April, 2016

VESEP Grant Program opens

In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services volunteers the Minister for Emergency Services Ms Jane Garrett MLA has opened the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program 2016/17 today.

 2.56 PM 31 March, 2016

PAVS along the Great Ocean Road

Backing up the year-in, year-out work done by Wye River Fire Brigade, among others, to ensure its community is well informed about risk, is the Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) team. Like other Victorian PAVS teams, they target towns on Level One of the Victorian Fire Risk Register where all houses are doorknocked.

 1.25 PM 12 February, 2016

Portland chlorine gas leak

CFA responded to a gas leak at a recreational centre in Portland overnight.

 8.54 AM 4 February, 2016

Total Fire Bans for Central & South West

CFA has declared Total Fire Bans for Monday, January 18 2016 in the South West and Central districts.

 5.53 PM 17 January, 2016

Joint excavator rescue at Warrak

Emergency services responded to a report that an excavator had rolled over in Warrak near Ararat, on Wednesday afternoon.

 11.00 AM 8 January, 2016

CFA office staff cool under pressure

In early December, Glenda Walter, Coordinator Learning and Development Districts 4 and 5, and Tania Sigley, Administrator Learning and Development, both based in Hamilton, had almost reached the Learning and Volunteerism Conference in Ballarat.

 5.48 PM 17 December, 2015