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$1m upgrade for Wimmera training ground

Emergency services volunteers from around the Wimmera have better access to vital practical training thanks to a $1,010,519 upgrade of the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre – Longerenong Campus, which was opened near Horsham today (Sunday 14 September).

 2.58 PM 12 September, 2014

Poolaijelo's first female Captain

Poolaijelo Brigade welcomes its first female Captain this week as Mary Frost takes the reins from her husband Ken who has been in the top job for more than eight years.

 11.45 AM 30 June, 2014

Volunteers muck in in Natimuk

As one of the largest volunteer-based organisations in the world, CFA celebrates the commitment of its 60,000 members during National Volunteer Week (12-18 May).

 2.22 PM 16 May, 2014

Horsham house fire

Firefighters battled a blaze at a house in Horsham last night, 25 April, which destroyed about a quarter of the property.

 12.22 PM 26 April, 2014

All clear in the Mallee

The final all clear has been issued this week for the Mallee fires that started nearly a month ago.

 11.35 AM 14 February, 2014

Vols Linga longer at air base

Huntly Fire Brigade members celebrated the green (Department of Environment and Primary Industries) and the gold (CFA) alongside Parks Victoria and pilots at Linga air base on Australia Day.

 2.31 PM 31 January, 2014

Captain on Ouyen emergency

For the first time in living memory, fire threatened to come in to Ouyen on the night on Friday 17 January.

 12.45 PM 31 January, 2014

Captain on Yaapeet fireground

With fire activity close to home since Tuesday 14 January, the days and nights are starting to blur together for Yaapeet Captain Troy Fisher.

 11.50 AM 30 January, 2014

Halls Gap Community Meeting

There is a Community Information Meeting being held in Halls Gap on Tuesday 28 January, regarding updates on the Grampians fires.

 9.53 AM 28 January, 2014

Grampians fire update 21 January

HORSHAM INCIDENT CONTROL CENTRE - CURRENT FIRE SITUATION 6.00AM UPDATE: The Grampians Northern Complex fire was declared contained overnight.

 4.50 AM 21 January, 2014

Grampians fire update 20 January

HORSHAM INCIDENT CONTROL CENTRE - CURRENT FIRE SITUATION 6.00AM UPDATE: Firefighters have made significant progress on the Grampians Northern Complex overnight and in to this morning with the fire almost contained.

 6.31 AM 20 January, 2014

Grampians fire update 19 January

6.00AM UPDATE: The clean-up and recovery from the Grampians Northern Complex fire has begun with a number of communities and roads reopening.

 6.16 AM 19 January, 2014

Grampians fire update - 18 Jan

5.30AM UPDATE: Emergency services continued to work overnight on the Grampians Northern Complex fire which is still threatening the towns of Dadswell’s Bridge and Halls Gap.

 6.39 AM 18 January, 2014

Grampians burnt area map

This image shows the approximate burnt area of the Grampians – Northern Grampians fire at 6:25pm, Friday 18 January 2014.

 2.18 AM 18 January, 2014

Photos of Grampians fires

Aerial view of fires in the Northern Grampians.

 7.43 PM 17 January, 2014

Grampians Fire Community Meetings

Community meetings will be held for the Grampians fire now known as Grampians Northern Complex fire 18.00 today at Laharum Hall, Laharum, and tomorrow at Halls Gap recreation reserve at 10.00am and Dadswells Bridge at midday.

 4.24 PM 16 January, 2014

Casterton sees the light

After three call outs last year that saw RDO 4 call in the SES lighting tower from Hamilton SES, Casterton Brigade saw a need for a local lighting tower to cover District 4 and surrounding Districts bordering it.

 2.49 PM 10 January, 2014

CFA bystanders in heart attack save

A social basketball game at the St Arnaud basketball stadium turned deadly serious when one of the players collapsed with a suspected heart attack. Bystanders jumped into action; a number of them were CFA members.

 4.23 PM 30 December, 2013

Grampians members honoured

More than 350 recipients across Grampians have been honoured with a National Emergency Medal for their contribution to the community during the 2009 Victorian fires.

 2.03 PM 17 December, 2013

Photos from Sovereign Hill

CFA volunteer Heatheranne Bullen has provided us with some more great photos of a historic firefighting display taking place at Sovereign Hill this week.

 2.27 PM 22 November, 2013