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District 5 News

Hamilton gets new thermal camera

Hamilton brigade recently took delivery of a thermal imaging camera (TIC), increasing CFA’s structure and bushfire response capability in the southern Grampians/Balmoral region.

 9.38 AM 11 October, 2013

CO reviews water bombing strategy

Victoria’s top emergency managers flew to Hamilton Airport last week to discuss a proposal to alter the water bombing strategy for the coming fire season.

 11.47 AM 6 September, 2013

Reaching new heights

Around 30 CFA staff and volunteers from District 5, along with SES and Ambulance Victoria personnel, visited the new Goldwind wind farm in Morton’s Lane, Woodhouse, west of Dunkeld.

 12.22 PM 29 August, 2013

Recon turns into recovery

Story by Heath BuntingWhile on a recon mission for an upcoming 4WD course on Sunday, Balmoral Group Officer Phil O’Keefe and Brigade Administration Support Officer Heath Bunting found themselves on a recovery mission.

 12.50 PM 14 August, 2013

CFA at Hamilton Sheepvention

Next Monday and Tuesday (5 and 6 August), the CFA Southern Grampians Catchment teams and Community Development will host a stand at the major agricultural event, Hamilton Sheepvention, supported by local volunteers and staff. 

 3.59 PM 2 August, 2013

Bitumen truck fire at Port Fairy

CFA remains on scene where a truck caught fire at Port Fairy this afternoon.

 6.36 PM 10 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

Apollo Bay rope rescue training

All-volunteer Apollo Bay Brigade was already on the schedule for steep angle rescue training.

 2.49 PM 18 June, 2013

New light tanker for Purnim brigade

Purnim Fire Brigade thanked its local community for helping raise funds to purchase a light tanker last Sunday.

 4.05 PM 3 June, 2013

Victoria Police's message of thanks

Inspector Peter Seel of Victoria Police has written to CFA to express his appreciation and thanks for the crucial role CFA members played at a car accident last year, contributing to its successful outcome. 

 2.24 PM 3 June, 2013

Faces of CFA - Brendan O'Neill

Warrnambool brigade member Brendan O'Neill is featured in the autumn 2013 edition of Brigade magazine's Faces of CFA.

 4.24 PM 22 May, 2013

Port Fairy machinery shed fire

Port Fairy pagers started buzzing around lunch time last Saturday, alerting members to a structure fire about 3km out of town.

 3.48 PM 17 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

Yambuk National Medal

More than 50 people gathered at Yambuk Fire Station on Saturday for the National Medal presentation to Yambuk CFA member Geoffrey Youl.

 10.53 AM 13 May, 2013

Koroit brigade's young ambassador

Fourth Lieutenant Kayla Dwyer, aged 21, takes her role in Koroit brigade very seriously. She’s a crew leader, qualified training assessor and happy to help out in any way she can.

 9.45 AM 16 April, 2013

Joint training a success

Representatives from Merri and Belfast Group and personnel from Warrnambool and Port Fairy SES recently attended a combined training session. Hosted by local Warrnambool car dealership, Callaghan Motors Pty Ltd, the training was aimed at providing information on electric and hybrid cars for first responders.

 11.41 AM 15 April, 2013

Blood, sweat and bike gears

How often have you thought to yourself ‘I am going to get fit’ or ‘I’m going to find a hobby’?

 3.33 PM 9 April, 2013

Lights, camera, fire! Dunkeld stars

Dunkeld was the star as it played host to the grassland curing team over the last week, when they filmed three short, field-based training videos.

 2.20 PM 27 March, 2013

Rain can't stop D05 Champs

What started out as a cold, wet and windy day, sometimes typical on the South West coast, eventuated in the successful running of the D05 Rural Championships, this time hosted by Yambuk Fire Brigadeand Belfast Group.

 4.35 PM 25 March, 2013