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News posts from Robert Bury

Doreen Fire Brigade awards night

On Saturday 28 October 2017 Doreen Fire Brigade held an awards night and also celebrated its 75th year in operation.

9.13 PM 29 October, 2017

Laurimar Primary School Safety Day

Doreen Fire Brigade members were invited to attend Laurimar Primary School's Safety Day on Thursday 26 October.

1.59 PM 26 October, 2017

Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group Strike Team Forum

On Sunday 22 October, strike team leaders, scribes and drivers from the Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group gathered together.

2.37 PM 22 October, 2017

Large shed fire at Doreen

Doreen Fire Brigade was responded to a large shed fire containing cars and farm machinery on Friday 29 September 2017 at around 1.30pm.

8.59 PM 29 September, 2017

Inter-agency training

At a recent training night, Doreen Fire Brigade members were privileged to have Paramedic Scott McLeod from Ambulance Victoria demonstrate the functions and features of a current model ambulance.

1.15 PM 24 May, 2017

Its not all about the doughnuts

A very big thank you to the management, staff and customers of Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse in Doreen for a donation of $688.90.

7.28 PM 8 March, 2017

Arthurs Creek Grass & Scrub Fire Make Tankers Ten

After a pleasant Christmas Day with family and friends the last thing on our minds was the pager springing to life at 3.42am Boxing Day morning.

8.35 AM 27 December, 2016

Doreen grassfire

As Sunday mornings go, it started out pretty well standard.

7.00 PM 18 December, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Doreen Fire Brigade members and their families gathered for an informal Sunday Christmas brunch.  

6.12 PM 11 December, 2016

WDV Group exercise

The Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group conducting an exercise in and around Doreen on Sunday 27 November 2016.

4.05 PM 27 November, 2016

Doreen CFA members take the Oath

This Friday 25 November is White Ribbon Day.

7.26 PM 22 November, 2016

New members for Doreen

Three young men recently completed their CFA recruit training with Doreen Fire Brigade.

2.00 PM 20 November, 2016

Mernda house fire

On Sunday 13 November at 6.55am Mernda, South Morang and Doreen fire brigades responded to a single-storey house fire.

8.56 PM 13 November, 2016

Doreen House Fire

At 3am today (21 October) Doreen Fire Brigade was responded to a house fire in Doreen.

8.59 AM 21 October, 2016

It's all about the flow

It all began with a word from the captain: a number of us had been selected for a Pilot Advanced Pumps and Hydraulics course. 

7.37 PM 18 September, 2016

A New Beginning

As we move closer to what looks to be a busy Fire Season I find myself reflecting on what's been going on around CFA.

10.06 PM 31 October, 2015

Hail to the Chief

It is extremely sad to see the Chief Officer Euan Ferguson announce his intention to leave the CFA at this time.

10.43 PM 10 June, 2015

Be Prepared

   

4.02 PM 17 May, 2015

Goodnight you're on your own

I just realised...

9.20 PM 23 April, 2015

Hard Days Night

Our Tanker was on Strike Team Duty when the fires at Kyneton started we received advice that the Strike Team would be paged to attend. A number of our Volunteers attended the Station and a solid Crew was selected from the assembled members. I was looking after the Grand children that night so I felt I could not go Those that were not part of the Crew ensured that the truck was well stocked with an extra esky secured on the deck. (We are a tight knit bunch that tend to look after each other) The page came and the truck departed, almost immediately the Captains thoughts turned to the potential for relief crews for a night shift. With a number of our volunteers away on Holidays crewing was going to be difficult. As it transpired later that night relief crews were required I was faced with a couple of challenges a Wife Overseas, 2 Grandchildren at home for the night and Work the next day. I knew that work would be fine as they actively support me as a Volunteer with the CFA The owners feel in a small way that they can give back to the community. The Grand Children challenge was resolved when the Captains Wife suggested she could come and look after them. (Thank you Jenny) The plan was that I would Crew Lead our Tanker but by the time we got to the assembly point I was the Strike Team Leaders Driver I tried to get some sleep on the bus to tide me over for the night ahead but my mind was wandering I overheard conversations on that bus about how difficult it had become to attract young people to the CFA Some of the Older Volunteers were lamenting the ways of the youth of today How hard it was to maintain their interest with limited access to volunteer friendly training and sourcing gear for them. Yet on that very same bus I knew of some outstanding very young individuals. A long night on the fire ground gave me more time to think about why I was here. Had I done the right thing by the Grand Children, would work really be Ok with me taking the following day off. What really motivated me to put my life and those around me in turmoil? Did what I do really make a difference to the CFA? I was not so sure that CFA management really appreciated what we do. At the drop of a hat at any time of day or night we respond when we can, not knowing when we will get back home. I pondered the difficulties involved in trying to get things from the CFA I felt we were being asked to do more with less. I understood that the CFA was undertaking a review of how they operated to become more efficient in providing an emergency service (I did not agree with the premise that we were a business) At times I got lost in some of the information coming from the management (Management Speak does not always translate well) Much of the information seemed directed at the CFA Employee not at the Volunteer Reviews of this, implementation of that, more staff to support the Volunteer, all I really wanted was the ability to get replacement items quickly but despite the best intentions of some it seemed that we didn't really need to replace PPC as a Volunteer you had to wait your turn.(There's plenty of us so it didn't matter if someone is unable to turn out) I've since overcome this issue by stockpiling high turn over items but please don't tell CFA Management. Swirling around in my head was the different points of view of the many stakeholders UFU this VFBV that all with their own agendas. The claims and counter claims of the Political Party's and the scare tactics from the various factions Please don't get me wrong there are some fabulous people in the CFA that do care and do an outstanding job in very difficult circumstances. It's just a feeling I had on the night shift in the early hours of the morning when I was perhaps just a little tired. In any case we survived the night but my doubts lingered. Was I in fact over it? When I returned home the Grand Children thought it had been a grand adventure.At work they reaffirmed their support of my volunteering and that I shouldn't have worried. But do you know what really made me think it worth the effort we all put in? It was the young woman who turned up at the station unannounced on a random Sunday morning with freshly baked scones, jam and cream just to say thank you.    

8.40 PM 3 February, 2015
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