2018 FIRE READY MEETINGS

2018 FIRE READY MEETINGS

This year we have scheduled 4 Fire Ready Safety Information Sessions for the community to attend. We are holding joint sessions with Gisborne and Bullengarook Fire Brigades.  Everyone is welcome to attend either of the venues. Each of the sessions will be the same. If you cannot make the sessions in November you are most welcome to attend in January. The format has changed from previous years. This year we will be having speakers from Macedon Ranges Council, the SES…

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CAN OUR TRUCK GET TO YOU?

CAN OUR TRUCK GET TO YOU?

Many communities throughout Victoria are already experiencing dry conditions, which places them at risk of fire. Now’s the time to prepare your property. Even if you plan to leave early, preparing your home could increase the chances of your home surviving fire. Make sure you: Keep grass cut to less than 10cms long. Dispose of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark from around your home. Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter. Keep woodpiles away from your home….

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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 vehicles…

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Anzac day 2017

Anzac day 2017

Each year the Gisborne Fire Brigade has the honour and opportunity to march alongside veteran Diggers for the ANZAC service held at the War Memorial in Howey Reserve, Gisborne. A wreath was placed on behalf of the brigade by Fire-fighter Barrotta and 4th Lieutenant Radnedge, and was accepted by Gisborne Scouts on behalf of all who have served. “As a brigade we are very privileged to have an invitation extended to us each year to march alongside our nations war…

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Grassfires – Don’t get caught out

Grassfires – Don’t get caught out

Grassfires can start anywhere and spread quickly. Reduce your risk when it’s safe to do so. Slash, mow, graze and spray grass near your home and assets, and create fuel breaks. Take care when using chainsaws, lawnmowers, tractors, welders and other machinery on warm days – they can all start fires accidentally. If you’re caught in a grassfire move to somewhere with minimal vegetation, such as a ploughed or well-grazed paddock. If you’re caught in a car, don’t get out…

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Grassfires – Don't get caught out

Grassfires – Don't get caught out

Grassfires can start anywhere and spread quickly. Reduce your risk when it’s safe to do so. Slash, mow, graze and spray grass near your home and assets, and create fuel breaks. Take care when using chainsaws, lawnmowers, tractors, welders and other machinery on warm days – they can all start fires accidentally. If you’re caught in a grassfire move to somewhere with minimal vegetation, such as a ploughed or well-grazed paddock. If you’re caught in a car, don’t get out…

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Emergency information delivered to you

Emergency information delivered to you

The new app replaces FireReady and brings together emergency information and warnings from all Victoria’s emergency services, including CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Victorian communities can now access all our emergency information and warnings through the one, centralised location. The new app can be accessed on most mobile phones and tablets, and similar to FireReady it…

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Prepare your property for summer

Prepare your property for summer

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in consultation with local CFA brigades, has approved the lifting of burning off restrictions for the month of October for land less than 4,000 square metres. Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished. Large loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) can also be taken and tipped for free…

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What is the chance?

What is the chance?

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.  Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre recently released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for 2016-17, which shows an above normal bushfire potential across North, North West and Western Victoria. Now is the best time to make sure you understand your fire risk and start preparing yourself, your family…

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Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

On a cold winter night it’s nice to settle down in front of a wood fire. But if that wood fire isn’t being properly maintained it could change from being an indulgence to a life threatening danger. Chimney fires are caused by the accumulation of creosote and other products of incomplete combustion in the chimney. Over a period of months these products build up in the chimney as a coating and when subjected to strong heat from the fire ignite…

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