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District 16 News

Coimadai cements its future

Coimadai Fire Brigade members have kept alive a fine tradition by once again building their own fire station.

 9.01 AM 17 March, 2017

Death of Dimboola stalwart Bill McCann

From humble beginnings, success with running teams and a lifetime of firefighting experience, Bill McCann's achievements were celebrated by Dimboola member Bronwyn Hastings in this CFA News and Media story from 2013. 

 1.34 PM 16 March, 2017

The original firebomber

Victorian pilot Keith Davidson’s life in the air and on the air base is pioneering stuff.

 3.31 PM 15 February, 2017

Des rewarded for outstanding service

Late last year (24 November) CFA’s Des Phelan unassumingly attended what he thought was a Christmas party; little did he know his colleagues had something much more exciting in mind.

 8.01 AM 3 February, 2017

Harvest workshops in Wimmera reduce fires

CFA volunteer Kevin Bolwell has helped to reduce fires caused by harvesting machinery in the Wimmera, through running a series of workshops for farmers in the area.

 12.01 PM 30 January, 2017

From ‘bags and bushes’ to AFSM

Nearly sixty years have passed since Graham Petrie first set foot inside the Beazley’s Bridge Fire Brigade in Victoria’s West. 

 9.03 AM 26 January, 2017

Westmere Group Officer John Chapman talks risk

While 19 brigades might sound unwieldy, they form a tight unit in District 16’s Westmere Group to the east of the Grampians.

 2.15 PM 28 November, 2016

Father and daughter ride for cancer research

Snake Valley brigade members will be swapping their overalls for Lycra this summer to Ride4Research.

 9.07 AM 24 October, 2016

Warracknabeal’s 125th celebrations

It was a big weekend in Warracknabeal, population 2500, when the brigade celebrated its 125th anniversary in mid-October.

 2.10 PM 21 October, 2016

Horrockses hero’s story comes to light

A special trophy presentation prompted Warracknabeal Fire Brigade to search for descendants of a firefighter who rescued a little boy from drowning at Lake Hindmarsh – all the way back in February 1937.

 9.53 AM 21 October, 2016

Brigades benefit from $200,000 water boost

Blocked hose nozzles, an unusable toilet and almost draining a town’s water supply are all in the past for some of the brigades benefitting from a generous donation by water tank manufacturer, Kingspan Water.

 2.00 PM 31 August, 2016

Faces of CFA: Captain Joel Borgelt

What are your CFA roles? I’m the captain at Nhill and the group communications officer. I joined the senior side of the brigade at 16 and two years into that I stepped in as third lieutenant. I moved through the lieutenant ranks and became captain three years ago.

 11.28 AM 26 August, 2016

District 15 road rescue day

The road rescue brigades of Ballan, Daylesford and Ballarat worked on five cars during a collaborative April training day.

 7.28 AM 9 May, 2016

CEO visits fire tower

On 5 May the CEO visited Reeds fire tower in the Grampians National Park.

 10.07 AM 5 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.

 1.16 PM 4 May, 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. 

 10.55 AM 6 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.

 1.56 PM 31 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.

 3.36 PM 8 March, 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.

 10.00 AM 8 January, 2016

Kaniva applauds 75-year member

A member of Kaniva fire brigade, on the Western Hwy near the South Australian border, has become only the second CFA member ever to be awarded a 75-year-service medal.

 11.40 AM 6 November, 2015