Time to start preparing your property for fire

Time to start preparing your property for fire

Many communities throughout Victoria are already experiencing dry conditions, which places them at risk of fire. The current hot weather around Gisborne is reinforcing that time is getting shorter to prepare for fire. Now is the time to prepare your property, not on a hot, dry day with a strong northerly. As summer intensifies with rising temperatures and drying vegetation, so does the risk of uncontrollable fires, especially over the Christmas and holiday period. Living near the dense forest, bush,…

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Prepare for summer

Prepare for summer

Black Saturday February 7th 2009, saw much of Victoria engulfed in the worst bushfires in the State’s history. With temperatures over 46C and 90 km/h winds, the devastation created included the loss of 173 lives, over 500 people were seriously injured, 2029 homes lost and thousands of lives changed forever. This video was produced for the Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House with funding from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF). Production Fine Focus Video and Photography. The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House…

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Above normal fire season forecast for Victoria

Above normal fire season forecast for Victoria

Even though snow is currently blowing through Gisborne, looking into spring and summer the  Bushfire CRC has projected the likelihood of severe fires to be higher than normal. With most of Australia experiencing a combination of above average temperatures and below average rainfall over winter, large parts of the country face above normal bushfire potential for the fire season. The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 shows the most at risk areas. The warmer and drier than average weather over recent months, combined with the…

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Slow down when you see red and blue!

Slow down when you see red and blue!

New road rules announced by the State Government this week will reduce the risks to CFA members when responding to emergencies and help them fulfil their important roles more effectively. From 1 July, drivers must slow to 40km/h when passing a stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicle responding to an incident with flashing lights or a siren sounding. CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington welcomed the new rules, which would apply to all CFA vehicles with flashing lights or sirens. “CFA has…

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Fire brigades reorganisation

Fire brigades reorganisation

Fire Services Reform On May 19 the State Government announced a significant reform to the way fire services are delivered in Victoria. A key component of the reform will be the establishment of new organisation called Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) to service metropolitan Melbourne and major regional centres. It is not yet known what will be defined as metropolitian and major regional, or how these areas will interact with the volunteer brigades that surround them. FRV will bring together MFB…

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