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News posts from Leith Hillard

CFA medical officer’s health tips for men

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

11.09 AM 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.

9.23 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”.

11.27 AM 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.

12.28 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.

4.17 PM 5 June, 2017

Tatura Juniors by a country mile

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

12.56 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.

4.35 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.

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
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