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District 15 News

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

Dog alerts boy to fire

A family dog has saved a young boy’s life in a house fire at Ballarat this afternoon.

 4.40 PM 24 March, 2016

Man falls from Ballarat Fire Station bell tower

A man falls from the Ballarat Fire Station bell tower! What appears to be a suicide turns into a murder investigation.

 12.24 PM 17 March, 2016

ST1431: the last heavy ST to go to Tasmania

Strike team ST1431, was the last heavy strike team to be deployed to the Tasmanian Fires between 28 February and 3 March 2016.

 4.36 PM 8 March, 2016

Jack the dog’s rescue tale

Jack, an energetic Labrador-cross, has been reunited with his family after being rescued from an old mineshaft near Ballarat at the weekend.

 9.54 AM 29 February, 2016

Separate house fire at Mt Bolton

Firefighters have extinguished a fire which broke out in a house within the Mount Bolton fire ground overnight.

 9.45 AM 25 February, 2016

Mount Bolton – Laverys Road fire

Emergency services have worked through the night to contain a large fire at Mt Bolton, north-west of Ballarat.

 8.04 AM 24 February, 2016

Smoke visible in Ballarat area

Residents around Ballarat might see smoke in the air tomorrow afternoon while CFA crews carry out a planned burn at Victoria Park in Newington.

 1.25 PM 18 February, 2016

Walkathon enhances CFA and community safety

Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School (Woodbridge Boarding house) organised a walkathon in Halloween theme to support local CFA brigades to enhance community safety and assist with the purchase of operational equipment.

 12.03 PM 17 February, 2016

Bacchus Marsh Brigade celebrates Australia Day

Australia Day celebrations commenced early for members of Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade this Australia Day.

 5.56 PM 26 January, 2016

Smythesdale FCV Handover 15th December 2015

On the 15th December, 2015, Geoff Howard MLA of Buninyong and Brett Boatman, District 15 Operations Manager joined Smythesdale Fire Brigade members at the Smythesdale Fire Station. 

 3.15 PM 15 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

Scotsburn - Community rallies in support

Within hours of news that homes had been lost the community around Scotsburn, near Ballarat, was already rallying to support those affected.

 1.44 PM 23 December, 2015

Scotsburn - A FireReady approach

After a week of warnings about the fire danger that weekend, David and Julia had already decided that they would leave if conditions took to a turn for the worse.

 1.16 PM 23 December, 2015

Scotsburn - When practice makes perfect

When the crew of four on Smythesdale Tanker 2 was driving to the Scotsburn fire on Saturday afternoon, they knew it wasn’t like the other jobs they’d been chasing that day.

 12.44 PM 23 December, 2015

Scotsburn - The first responders

When the Scotsburn fire broke out on Saturday 19 December, Buninyong Captain Marc Cannan was on board one of the first trucks to the scene.

 11.51 AM 23 December, 2015

Fires investigated at Darley Park

CFA and Victoria Police are taking a zero tolerance approach to deliberate and recklessly lit fires following two incidents in Bacchus Marsh this month.

 3.54 PM 15 December, 2015

Roadside burns in Golden Plains Shire

Residents in the area of Cape Clear and Teesdale in the Golden Plains Shire may see smoke in the air on Sunday, 6 December, as CFA firefighters carry out multiple fire prevention works on roadsides.

 4.06 PM 4 December, 2015

A fruitful weekend at Bacchus Marsh

Strawberries, cherries and a brigade open day in Bacchus Marsh.

 9.43 PM 1 December, 2015

National Medals and 80th Anniversary

Coimadai Fire Brigade members came together recently to witness the presentation of National Medals and to celebrate the anniversary of the Brigade's 80th Birthday.

 3.13 PM 30 November, 2015