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News posts from Bec McDonald

All agencies represented at Pyramid Hill

Pyramid Hill Fire Brigade hosted a successful Emergency Service Organisations (ESO) day for students and residents of Pyramid Hill and surrounding communities yesterday.

1.01 PM 13 September, 2017

Bringing expertise from Canada to CFA

Canadian-based HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development facilitator Brian Braganza has been engaged by CFA to spend three weeks in September working intensively to enhance CFA’s understanding of effective youth engagement practices and build our capacity to meaningfully engage with younger members.

3.45 PM 25 August, 2017

Innovation in disaster communications

Emergency and disaster communications experts from around Australia gathered in Sydney earlier this month for the 11th annual Emergency Media and Public Affairs (EMPA) Conference.

9.49 AM 29 June, 2017

Breakfast brings Cohuna community together

Community members gathered together in Cohuna last Wednesday morning to hear inspirational stories from local leaders in celebration of International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, ‘Be Bold for Change’.

2.31 PM 8 March, 2017

Inspirational women share their stories

The annual ICMI Women in Leadership showcase returned to Melbourne this year and certainly didn't disappoint, with all four highly-regarded speakers sharing their informative - and at times, emotional - stories with the captive audience.

2.57 PM 1 March, 2017

Celebrate, take action and #BeBold

A ‘Be Bold Breakfast’ hosted by CFA, in celebration of International Women’s Day, will be held this year in Cohuna, with a free breakfast kindly cooked by the Cohuna Men’s Shed.

1.33 PM 27 February, 2017

Districts go orange for violence prevention

Staff recently participated in the 2016 Victoria Against Violence (VAV) campaign by hosting an ‘orange morning tea’ at the Swan Hill, Kerang and Bendigo offices.

10.04 AM 12 December, 2016

LGBTI people's experiences of disaster

Are you interested in participating in research on LGBTI people's experiences of disaster & emergency management in Victoria?

12.59 PM 2 December, 2016

Mental health a high priority in District 18

Volunteers from Nyah Nyah West, Beverford and District, Swan Hill and Woorinen South fire brigades joined with CFA staff and community members to raise awareness for mental health issues by leading a walk around the CBD recently.

11.59 AM 7 November, 2016

Member access to diversity resources

CFA have recently negotiated with the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) for a whole of organisational membership and access to their site and resources, including webinars.

3.36 PM 2 November, 2016

Thank you to our volunteer managers

This Saturday marks the 17th annual International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay), held on 5 November each year – a day to recognise those who enhance and enable the spirit of volunteering.

10.43 AM 2 November, 2016

Getting ready for summer in the rain

Murrayville and Border Group held their annual group exercise on Sunday, 16 October. The skies were grey with rain falling constantly, but members remained positive to maximize the training opportunity.

2.49 PM 18 October, 2016

Local brigades at the ready

Story courtesy Christopher Huttig, Hopetoun Courier Local CFA volunteers are prepared for another upcoming season of fire danger following the Southern Mallee Group exercise at Hopetoun on Sunday, 25 September.

4.02 PM 12 October, 2016

Learning about multicultural volunteering

Regional BASOs Sue Martin (West), Kirsten Dudink and Bec McDonald (North West), along with Sherene Mounier and Tim Firman (HQ) were privileged to attend the inaugural Volunteering Victoria Multicultural Volunteering Conference on Tuesday at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

4.23 PM 26 August, 2016

Nyah Nyah West asks residents to adopt a hydrant

Nyah Nyah West Fire Brigade will soon be circulating an “Adopt a Hydrant” flyer to residents in the Nyah area who live near a fire hydrant.

2.05 PM 27 June, 2016

Not farewell but 'see you soon' to Norm Bowen

Peer coordinator Norm Bowen was given a standing ovation last week following a special presentation in his honour, where OM Mark Gilmore spoke of his outstanding contribution to CFA that spans 60 years.

11.19 AM 19 May, 2016

Mildura kids SAFE and aware

The SAFE program was held on 19, 20 and 21 April at the St Andrews Tennis Complex in Eleventh Street Mildura. During the 3 days, 651 primary aged children attended from 10 local schools.

4.26 PM 11 May, 2016

North West says thanks to volunteers

From Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May 2016, CFA is celebrating and proud to support National Volunteer Week – an annual event to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers.

12.06 PM 6 May, 2016

Young firefighter follows grandfather's footsteps

A young volunteer with Ouyen CFA brigade says she is “in it for life” as she embraces the legacy left by her grandfather.

10.41 AM 6 May, 2016

Women firing up in District 18

Seventeen female volunteers from the furthest reaches of District 18 came together at VEMTC Sunraysia Campus on Sunday to practice their skills as part of the Women in Firefighting event.

5.07 PM 3 May, 2016