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District 17 News

A Reason to Listen VIDEO by peer

My video story A Reason to Listen was made with the help of the team at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of the ‘CFA: Our Lives – Digital Storytelling Project’.

 3.46 PM 21 November, 2013

Historic firefighting showcase

A showcase of firefighting techniques and equipment from the gold rush era has been a hit with visitors to Sovereign Hill this week.

 2.30 PM 19 November, 2013

Hot weather prompts fire warning

Mallee residents are being urged to be fire ready tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 30’s leading to a forecast for severe fire danger.

 4.05 PM 18 November, 2013

CFA steps back in time

From humble beginnings of horse-drawn fire engines and manual water pumps, firefighting has come a long way in 150 years.

 10.45 AM 4 November, 2013

New Broughton Fire Station

New Broughton Fire Station boosts the Community...

 10.42 AM 30 October, 2013

125 years of the Nhill Fire Brigade


 9.45 AM 30 October, 2013

Bill's 60 years with Dimboola

From humble beginnings, success with running teams and a lifetime of firefighting experience, Bill McCann's achievements were celebrated at Dimboola Fire Station on 12 October.

 7.41 AM 23 October, 2013

Horsham Captain gets "Scania"

Casting back around two years ago, there was quite a bit of talk around Horsham about the possibility of getting a Scania truck for Horsham Fire Brigade.  

 1.39 PM 17 October, 2013

45th Big Desert Fire Conference

More than 60 people converged on the Mallee town of Patchewollock last week for the 45th annual Big Desert/ Wyperfeld Fire Conference.

 12.36 PM 23 September, 2013

CO reviews water bombing strategy

Victoria’s top emergency managers flew to Hamilton Airport last week to discuss a proposal to alter the water bombing strategy for the coming fire season.

 10.47 AM 6 September, 2013

Edenhope volunteers recognised

Edenhope Fire Brigade recently presented awards recognising their members for the tremendous efforts and the vital roles that they have fulfilled to their community.

 1.51 PM 4 September, 2013

Poolaijelo's worthy life member

In honour of his long and dedicated commitment to CFA and Poolaijelo brigade, Rodger Todd, an original member of the brigade, has been awarded a CFA life membership at the annual post-season meeting of the brigade at the Poolaijelo Hall.

 8.57 AM 9 July, 2013

On CFA's menu of top employers

To celebrate National Volunteer Week (13-19 May), CFA is saying “thanks a million” to its volunteers, families and employers for everything they do. This week we will feature a series of profile stories to highlight the great work and diversity of our volunteer members.

 8.29 AM 16 May, 2013

Hopetoun West, Yaapeet stations open

The Yaapeet and Hopetoun West communities welcomed their new fire stations at official ceremonies held in mid April.

 4.02 PM 26 April, 2013

Burning the Lake

Following on from a request from GWM Water to burn Dock Lake last year a very successful operation was completed on the 02/04/2013.

 5.33 PM 12 April, 2013

Fancy stepping back in time?

Together with Sovereign Hill, Grampians Region will be hosting a very special series of events showcasing the history of firefighting in the gold rush era.

 2.37 PM 1 March, 2013

Housewife's take on Grampians fire

Lexia Irving, a CFA volunteer with the Edenhope brigade in District 17, shares her account of being a member of a CFA Strike Team in the Grampians Fires 2013.***

 2.54 PM 26 February, 2013

Victoria Valley Complex update

The Victoria Valley Complex fire now covers an area of approximately 31,500 hectares and has increased by 6,500 hectares since Thursday. This fire in not yet under control.

 11.09 AM 22 February, 2013

From Victoria Valley fire frontline

Don Robertson is the Dundas Group communications officer – the group at the heart of the Victoria Valley complex fire with 18 brigades including Victoria Valley, Mirranatwa and Mooralla clustered around the southern Grampians.

 7.26 PM 21 February, 2013

Grampians community meetings

Four community information meetings have been scheduled over the next two days for local communities affected by the Victoria Valley Complex fire. 

 4.13 PM 21 February, 2013