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News posts from Leith Hillard

Death of Mt Taylor's Alan Stuart

Mt Taylor Fire Brigade stalwart Alan Stuart passed away in mid-August.

5.44 PM 24 August, 2017

Perfect conditions for seasonal volunteering

With a population of about 100 in summer but up to 8000 on a perfect winter day, Mt Hotham-Dinner Plain Fire Brigade needs an innovative volunteering model.

12.34 PM 21 August, 2017

Rounding up funds at Casterton Kelpie Muster

For 20 years, the population of Casterton has jumped from 2000 to at least 8000 humans and 1000 dogs each Queen’s Birthday long weekend for the Casterton Kelpie Muster.

3.17 PM 18 August, 2017

Margot Green, out and listening

Margot Green held many roles in her time serving the Hilldene Fire Brigade.

11.27 AM 17 August, 2017

Faces of CFA: Maddison Spiteri

What binds CFA members is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch. Every member has a story and Faces of CFA introduces you to just some of those stories.

12.22 PM 12 July, 2017

Indigenous cool burn a revelation

Vegetation Management Officer Phil Hawkey describes himself as “on a journey” as he increases his knowledge of Aboriginal traditional burning.

1.42 PM 4 July, 2017

CFA medical officer’s health tips for men

Dr Michael Sargeant has been the CFA Medical Officer for some 20 years.

12.09 PM 14 June, 2017

PTSD: Ray of light in dark times

For years, Ray Carman had a hellish showreel running through his head featuring the graphic lowlights of his life as a Horsham Fire Brigade member and tow truck driver. The images of death and destruction were often on high rotation in the early hours of the morning as he lay awake.

10.23 PM 12 June, 2017

Tom’s focus on half the sky

At 76 years of age, married to Cecily for 51 years and with four children and seven grandchildren, Tom Dumaresq has come to the conclusion that “the saviour of the world is women”.

12.27 PM 9 June, 2017

Firefighting ultra-heavy tanker test

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service 9000-litre heavy tanker with firefighting capacity was trialled south of the border, with great success, last summer.

1.28 PM 8 June, 2017

Private units blitzing it

Private firefighting units are just a regular part of the conversation in brigades in broadacre farming areas of Victoria.

5.17 PM 5 June, 2017

Tatura Juniors by a country mile

What are they feeding the Juniors in Tatura? Tinned spinach? Magic beans?

1.56 PM 5 June, 2017

Rochester builds Indigenous connection

More than six months after Rochester Fire Brigade hosted CFA’s first Smoking Ceremony focusing on safe passage through the fire season, the brigade’s members continue to increase their knowledge of local Indigenous culture.

5.35 PM 29 May, 2017

Keeping the home fires burning

Wangaratta Fire Brigade has reached a proud milestone with the awarding of a 60-year service medal to brigade life members Joan Rosser and Elaine Graham. Another four women are also very long-serving brigade auxiliary members.

8.46 AM 14 May, 2017

Stephanie an Inspire Award nominee

Stephanie Habibis is one of those elite CFA members who has been part of a brigade since the day she was born. With Mum Niki the captain of St-Leonard – Indented Head for 12 years, Stephanie has always been included.

11.13 AM 26 April, 2017

Inspire Award nominee makes a difference

Being a Juniors leader, cleaning the station, buying food and drinks, making lunch and snacks, fundraising, being on the Santa Run … You name a support role and Greendale member Robyn McKean has been in on it.

10.45 PM 23 April, 2017

Dick digging his new direction

Late 2013 and Fentons Creek Captain Dick Stephenson was cleaning the fire station in preparation for the official handover of their new tanker when he “didn’t feel right; the back of my head wasn’t right”.

2.52 PM 18 April, 2017

Volunteer taking leaps and bounds

Growing up with parents, Kathleen and Trevor Smullen, who operated the Clyde Fire Brigade base radio, Rachel Christie “got sucked into Juniors at 11”.

10.18 AM 13 April, 2017

Inspire Awards coming up Rosey

Six years after Rosey Chester was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS) she joined Alexandra Fire Brigade. Both her boys had started primary school and, when asked to join, “I was unable to step backwards quickly enough”.

10.18 AM 12 April, 2017

Greg’s inspiring volunteer vision

Greg Mallett has taken his volunteering spirit around Australia, starting in the Tasmanian Country Fire Service in 1984 then through the Queensland Fire Service and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

2.40 PM 11 April, 2017
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