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Bikes, beards, and burnovers

By: Euan Ferguson

  10.18 AM 8 November, 2012

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CFA’s Medal Winning Cyclist:
Congratulations to Tungamah CFA’s Captain Simon “Hector” Crawford who recently won a Silver Medal in the Police and Firefighter’s World Championships recently. The event was held in Sydney and Simon's triumph came in the 80km Road Race. Well done Simon.

Movember – A Growth Trend!

LFF Hugh Kelly, an instructor with CFA’s recruit course at Fiskville, has advised that all members of Recruit Course 03/2012, including six instructors, have signed up for Movember. Hugh says that the recruits are very committed in promoting men’s health and raising funds for such a worthy cause. They are looking forward to the group photo at the end of the month and the money we will hopefully raise. My own growth is “developing”. However the important thing is the funds we are raising to create awareness about various men’s health issues.

CFA Members Training For The Eureka Climb:

Noel Nealon (Upwey CFA) writes of his team’s preparation for the Eureka Climb, to be held on 28th November 2012 at the Eureka Tower. Noel advises that there are twelve brigades involved this year. These include members from Upwey, Lara, Leopold, Werribee, Packenham, Springvale, Bayswater, South Warrandyte and Doreen. We wish them good luck and safe climbing! The event is billed as the world’s biggest vertical race. To see more, visit:

Having A Hard Conversation:

Sometimes members are concerned about how another member of their brigade or workplace is travelling, but they’re not quite sure how to start the discussion. CFA’s Organisational Wellbeing team has put together some tips on how to have a difficult conversation. You can locate these tips by going to the CFA Connect article Our Welfare Services team supports members with a number of different issues – both personal and CFA related. Visit the CFA public website link or check out Brigades Online or Intranet by searching “Welfare Services” in the search feature. The CFA public website link is a great resource for your immediate family members to learn about and access Welfare Services support for themselves.

White Ribbon Day – 25 November 2012:

Many of you will be aware that I am a White Ribbon Day Ambassador. White Ribbon is an organisation dedicated to precent male violence towards women. White Ribbon says that any and all forms of violence against women is unacceptable. This year White Ribbon Day occurs on Sunday 25th November – the same day as CFA Sunday. I will be out and about returning from Mooroopna via Kilmore at to Lilydale on the day. I also intend to sponsor a White Ribbon morning tea at CFA Headquarters on the Friday 23 November. Keep it in your diary. To find out more about sponsoring a White Ribbon event, go to:

Burnover Drill Practice:

Last Friday we held a simple “Thank You” barbeque for Headquarters CFA people. It was a short opportunity to share a sausage and to acknowledge the many areas of great work being undertaken by CFA members. On hand were a new Mobile Bushfire Education Unit, a new Mobile Control Unit, and a prototype of the medium tanker. Headquarters based operational staff, including Deputy Chief Officers, participated in a burnover drill on two tankers. It is a timely reminder of the importance of setting aside time to conduct the burnover drill prior to the onset of the fire season. For all of us, but particularly for younger members, constant practice of this drill means that, should it ever be needed to be put into practice, it will be instinctive and rehearsed. Practice your burnover drill now.



Fire Restrictions In Force:

The Fire Danger Period is starting to come into force in western and north western Victoria. My sense is that the country north of the Divide and in the west of the state is drying very fast. Be ready.

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