News & Media

News posts from Leith Hillard

Our multicultural liaison officer keeps the faith

CFA’s first multicultural liaison officer/multicultural presenter Nada El-Masri was appointed to her role in May 2016.

11.39 AM 21 March, 2017

Training program for Walk off the War Within

CFA and other emergency service responders, Australian Defence Force personnel and the community will walk up to 20 kilometres around Victoria Park in Ballarat on Saturday 22 April to raise awareness of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

2.53 PM 20 March, 2017

Community building in Benalla Group

“There are no boundaries for our brigades,” said Baddaginnie Captain Phil Rees of their close relationship with Goomalibee-Upotipotpon also in Benalla Group.

9.57 AM 20 March, 2017

Farewell to CFA's oldest comms officer

Stan Brown joined Yalca & Yielima Fire Brigade in 1940 and was still active as the communications officer until his death last week at 102 years of age. 

11.25 AM 17 March, 2017

Coimadai cements its future

Coimadai Fire Brigade members have kept alive a fine tradition by once again building their own fire station.

10.01 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. 

2.34 PM 16 March, 2017

Looking after your mental health

CFA’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides a comprehensive range of support for our members and their immediate family that is confidential, free and accessible 24 hours a day.

11.42 AM 16 March, 2017

Paynesville Coast Guard riding the swell

Paynesville is the only coast guard flotilla that is both operational on the water and monitors all coastal radio towers from Mallacoota to Portland.

11.43 AM 15 March, 2017

Profile: Captain Paula Grosveld, Golden Beach

Golden Beach Captain Paula Grosveld described her leadership style as “walking to the side, not to the front. But if I need to, I step it up.

3.07 PM 8 March, 2017

Gone fishin’, gone firefightin’

The fire danger index was low and Bonegilla Captain Brian Church headed out with his friend Dick Osmand at 6am to fish on Lake Hume.

3.19 PM 27 February, 2017

Walk off the War Within challenge

CFA and other emergency service responders, Australian Defence Force personnel and the community will walk around Victoria Park in Ballarat on Saturday 22 April to raise awareness of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

11.01 AM 27 February, 2017

Western Districts fires 40 year anniversary

The Sun News-Pictorial emblazoned their cover with a photo of devastation in the township of Streatham and called 12 February 1977 “the day the west caught fire”.

9.08 AM 13 February, 2017

The Art of Roadside Burning

Roadside burning is being elevated to an art form in three brigade areas south of Ballarat where a long black ribbon of burnt ground now slices through the landscape. In fact, it stretches from one side of District 15 to the other.

11.39 AM 6 February, 2017

Volunteers helping volunteers

A partnership of volunteers supporting volunteers in the south-east is keeping five fire stations and their trucks spick-and-span.

9.14 AM 21 December, 2016

Buddy brigades across districts

As a standalone brigade not aligned with a group and two hours from both Marysville and Mansfield, Woods Point, deep in the Great Divide, can rightly claim to be isolated.

10.05 AM 19 December, 2016

CFA Pride flies the flag

CFA and other emergency services participated in the Pride March for the first time in early 2015. 

3.48 PM 14 December, 2016

'Respect the ocean': Hastings Coast Guard

Sitting within the CFA command structure as a vehicle, Hastings Coast Guard takes control of an incident if there’s no land access, travelling under lights and sirens at up to 40 knots with a response time of 10 minutes.

3.52 PM 9 December, 2016

State Logistics Centre works to the front line

From a 2000m² warehouse in Knoxfield in outer Melbourne, the staff of the State Logistics Centre (SLC) work directly to the CFA mission of protecting lives and property.

1.20 PM 7 December, 2016

Let's Talk about youth suicide

Sam Fitzgibbon was a member of Ellerslie Fire Brigade alongside his dad Michael. At 21 years of age, Sam was a farmer with a firm handshake and a smile who always had time for a chat. He had a loving family and a network of friends and was a proud and perfectionist young man.

10.06 AM 5 December, 2016

Life Matters talks 2009 bushfire recovery

Looking back to the February 2009 bushfires, Radio National's Life Matters program spoke to Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs, Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne and Jason Gaffee Kinglake police officer.

9.40 AM 30 November, 2016
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