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District 17 News

More than a century later and still going strong

Fire brigades have been holding local and district competitions for more than 140 years. The Rural Championships have been held continuously since the early 1950s. This year is no different with approximately 200 brigades competing in the Urban and Rural State Championships.

 2.07 PM 4 February, 2015

Two houses destroyed in 24 hours

Firefighters in the state’s west have been busy with two houses destroyed by fire in less than 24 hours.

 12.46 PM 4 February, 2015

When businesses go over and above

We hear a lot of inspiring stories about CFA brigades but what about the local businesses and enterprises that put in time and time again to support our members to do what they do?

 10.28 AM 20 January, 2015

Captain speaks from Moyston fireground

There’s still plenty of action on the Moyston fireground.

 4.25 PM 5 January, 2015

Fast moving fire at Harrow

Eleven CFA crews are fighting a fast moving 200-hectare grassfire at Harrow, north of Hamilton.

 5.08 PM 11 December, 2014

Total Fire Ban in Mallee, Wimmera on Sunday

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has declared a total fire ban for Sunday November 30 for the Mallee and Wimmera districts.

 3.24 PM 29 November, 2014

Smoke alarm saves Horsham family

A family of six are lucky to be alive after a smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in their Horsham home just before midnight this morning.

 10.56 AM 31 October, 2014

Grape escape in Seppelt exercise

The grapes of wrath were let loose at Seppelt Winery in Great Western in early October with a major breathing apparatus (BA) exercise involving volunteers from across District 16.

 2.02 PM 23 October, 2014

Running Brooks a Ballarat legend

If you want to keep up with Ballarat Fire Brigade volunteer Barry Brooks, lace on your running shoes.

 11.15 AM 20 October, 2014

Busy Sunday for fire services

It was an early taste of the fire season as CFA and DEPI were kept busy attending to various bush and grass and scrub fires yesterday.

 1.12 PM 29 September, 2014

Fire at Horsham bowling alley

CFA attended a fire at a Horsham bowling alley on Monday 22 September.

 1.39 PM 22 September, 2014

$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