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District 4 News

"All hazards approach" in action

At the end of May, Bass Coast Group Officer Damien O'Connor, Operations Manager John Maguire and Operations Officer Brian Brady attended an intense 5 day course at the Australian Emergency Management Institute at Mount Macedon to participate in the Marine Oil Spill Response IMT course conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

 5.22 PM 17 July, 2013

Willatook plantation firefighters

Of the 26 operational members of Willatook Fire Brigade, 14 recently completed the Plantation Firefighter course alongside 10 other members of the Hawkesdale Group.

 2.49 PM 27 June, 2013

Bushfire advice for the whole street

As an extension to the Home Bushfire Advice Service, Phil O’Keefe and James Haley from Barwon South West have come up with Street Bushfire Advice Service.

 2.57 PM 21 June, 2013

Medium tankers for Heywood Group

Tyrendarra, Myamyn, Heathmere and Condah Brigades recently received their new medium tankers after completing an all-day  “train the trainer” session at Heywood.

 1.30 PM 22 May, 2013

Doing more for Cashmore

To celebrate National Volunteer Week (13-19 May), CFA is saying “thanks a million” to its volunteers, families and employers for everything they do. This week we will feature a series of profile stories to highlight the great work and diversity of our volunteer members.

 3.36 PM 16 May, 2013

Casterton Community Consultation

CFA and VICSES have been working with local residents and community stakeholders on a multi natural hazards, combined agency, Community Information Strategy. 

 1.36 PM 15 May, 2013

Burning coastal scrub in May

Who would have thought that we would be burning coastal wattle and heath in May!

 3.20 PM 9 May, 2013

District 4 Hazmat incident

At the opposite end of the scale from the Portland hazmat incident last year, the same procedures applied when crews were called out to a pesticide spill on the night of Tuesday April 16 in the Yulecart / Tahara area in the far South West of District 4.

 4.19 PM 18 April, 2013

From Victoria Valley fire frontline

Don Robertson is the Dundas Group communications officer – the group at the heart of the Victoria Valley complex fire with 18 brigades including Victoria Valley, Mirranatwa and Mooralla clustered around the southern Grampians.

 8.26 PM 21 February, 2013

Leadership opportunity in BSW

*Story by Jenna McMeel*Barwon South West’s (BSW) Community Development Coordinator, Sharon Linke, has successfully secured a place in the 2013 Leadership Great South Coast (LGSC) program. 

 2.19 PM 8 February, 2013

Heartfelt thanks from Kentbruck

Dartmoor Group Officer Neale Emerson can’t contain his gratitude for all the crews who turned out from far and wide to fight the long-duration Kentbruck fire.

 2.57 PM 11 January, 2013

Kentbruck community meetings

A community meeting will be held to provide a CFA/DSE fire update for the Kentbruck-Portland Nelson Road bushfire at Gorae West in the Gorae West Public Hall, (next door to the Gorae West Fire Station) at 7:00pm today, Wednesday 9 January 2013.*Please note, due to public interest the venue has shifted to a larger hall, the community meeting is now at the Gorae West Public Hall*

 12.00 PM 9 January, 2013

0700 Update: Drik Drik bushfire

UPDATE AT 0700: The Kentbruck-Portland Road fire is still being controlled and has increased overnight to 7050 hectares.

 9.30 PM 7 January, 2013

Update on Drik Drik bushfire

UPDATE AT 1730 ON 07/01/2013 : Emergency services are currently working to bring a large bushfire in south-west Victoria under control.

 5.32 PM 7 January, 2013

Air Support at South West Bushfire

Air Crews are still battling a fire in the states SW with a watch and act message still current

 10.10 PM 6 January, 2013

Small Rural Brigade Training

In District 4 there a small number of brigades that are not as active as some others in the state -some of these smaller rural brigades don’t have that many members and might only have a turnout once every couple of years or so.

 1.07 PM 20 December, 2012

Fire restrictions in Barwon SW

CFA has declared that the Fire Danger Period (FDP) will commence from 1am on 10 December for the following municipalities:

 3.40 PM 6 December, 2012

Women and fire mentoring program

The District 4 and 5 Women and Fire mentoring program is reaching the end of its third year.

 12.38 PM 26 November, 2012

Fire at Telstra Exchange

A fire has severely damaged Warrnambool’s Telstra Exchange and left around 60 thousand Telstra customers In the state's west and south west without landline and mobile phone services.

 8.54 AM 22 November, 2012

Casterton community meeting

A community meeting to provide more information on the active fires west of Casterton will be held tomorrow morning (Thu 22/11/12).

 11.25 PM 21 November, 2012