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News posts from Leith Hillard

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.

7.46 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.

10.13 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.

9.45 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”.

1.52 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”.

9.18 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”.

9.18 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.

1.40 PM 11 April, 2017

Faces of CFA: Adam Wensley

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.

10.18 AM 5 April, 2017

Faces of CFA: Michael Henningsen

Michael Henningsen, Caroline Springs Fire Brigade, District 14

1.32 PM 3 April, 2017

Plantations manager keeps her hands dirty

Ruth Ryan oversees the fire response and protection of assets across 240,000 hectares of Victoria.

1.16 PM 29 March, 2017

Second retirement of John McLeod

Following his 80th birthday and days of celebrations, John McLeod has stepped down as the coordinator of discipline, the torchlight parade and the inspecting officers on the track at the State Urban Senior Champs.

9.53 AM 29 March, 2017

Our youngest peer talks wellbeing

At only 26 years of age, Tim Rogers is already a veteran peer. Now in his sixth year, he is also the District 15 Deputy Peer Coordinator.

8.57 PM 27 March, 2017

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.

10.39 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).

1.53 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.

8.57 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. 

10.25 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.

9.01 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. 

1.34 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.

10.42 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.

10.43 AM 15 March, 2017
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