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District 17 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

CFA burn camps: learning by doing

Planned burning reduces bushfire risk by increasing the likelihood of suppression and reducing radiant heat and ember impacts on assets.

 1.45 PM 3 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

Grassfire in Kellalac

UPDATE, Thursday 3.10pm : The grassfire in Kellalac is now under control.

 1.19 PM 5 January, 2017

Grassfire in Boolite

Earlier today (Monday, 2 January) CFA crews attended a grassfire on Donald road in Boolite.

 5.01 PM 2 January, 2017

Fire restrictions continue

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on Monday, 5 December 2016:

 9.49 AM 30 November, 2016

Air fleet ready to help protect the Wimmera

Victoria's firefighting aircraft fleet is getting ready for the 2016-17 fire season with planes and helicopters now being sent to regional bases across the state.

 10.03 AM 29 November, 2016

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

Fire restrictions continue

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on Monday, 28 November 2016

 8.30 AM 22 November, 2016

Fire restrictions continue in West

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on Monday, 21 November 2016:

 10.10 AM 15 November, 2016

Fire restrictions in West, North West

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on 14 November 2016:

 3.25 PM 8 November, 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

Learning about multicultural volunteering

Regional BASOs Sue Martin (West), Kirsten Dudink and Bec McDonald (North West), along with Sherene Mounier and Tim Firman (HQ) were privileged to attend the inaugural Volunteering Victoria Multicultural Volunteering Conference on Tuesday at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

 4.23 PM 26 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

Red Balloon Day fundraiser is all heart

This year’s Red Balloon Day fundraiser may prove to be a lifesaver for three small Victorian communities. 

 12.16 PM 29 July, 2016

Funding secures regional training

Access to safe and effective training for CFA members has been secured for coming decades thanks to more than $20 million to upgrade six of CFA’s seven regional training grounds.

 10.32 AM 13 May, 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