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On the road with the Chief Officer
A visit to District 24 last week by Chief Officer Joe Buffone ended with an unexpected close-up view of brigades at work, courtesy of a fast-moving grassfire south of Wodonga.
An Emergency Warning was issued late in the afternoon for the Leneva fire, but CFA members were able to halt its spread before lives and property were impacted.
“Despite the real potential for the fire to impact homes our members and other agencies stopped it in time,” Joe said.
“It was great to be there and see firsthand the dedication and skill brigades brought to the fight, as well as to hear firsthand their experiences from the recent Barnawartha blaze.”
While in District 24 Joe also met with staff at District Headquarters and Wodonga Fire Station and visited brigades in Mudgegonga, Barnawartha and Indigo Valley.
A hot, challenging Summer has meant busy weeks on the road for the Chief Officer. His duties have taken him across the state, from Wye River to Colac, Traralgon and Buninyong.
He also recently escorted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull around the Jamieson Track fire ground near the Surf Coast, served as the State Response Controller and has lead and attended a range of briefings across the State.
“Just as predicted this Summer has proven difficult. As I’ve journeyed back and forth though I’ve been inspired by the work our frontline people are doing,” Joe said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting as many of our volunteers and career staff as I can over the coming months.”