Summers Over, Fire Restrictions Are Not!

Summers Over, Fire Restrictions Are Not!

Although summer officially ended on 28 February, the Fire Danger Period didn’t! Residents are reminded that fire restrictions remain in force within the Central Goldfields, City of Greater Bendigo, Macedon Ranges and Mt Alexander Shires due to ongoing very dry conditions. A date to lift restrictions will not be determined until after Easter but will be widely publicised by CFA. With restrictions already being lifted in some adjoining municipalities in the north of the state agreement has been reached by…

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Annual Christmas Eve Santa Run 2017

Annual Christmas Eve Santa Run 2017

The Gisborne Fire brigade will again be taking Santa along the streets to deliver lollies this Christmas Eve. Keeping in with the past few years we are stopping at areas where large groups of people have gathered, like intersections for example. We no longer travel down every street and down dead end courts. For residents living in the areas of the Rosehill estate, and Gisborne Fields we will only be stopping at the following pre-determined locations; CNR of Tovey Way…

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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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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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Burn off period restrictions lifted

Burn off period restrictions lifted

The CFA has advised that the Fire Danger Period for Macedon Ranges Shire will end at 1.00am on Tuesday 18 April, 2017.  For information on burning off, see: Burning Off or like the Macedon Ranges Emergency Alerts Facebook page. Please ensure that all burnoffs are within the council regulations, particularly with regards to property size. If you are on less than 4000 square meters, you  will need a permit to burn off except in specified conditions. Please see the council web page on…

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Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery

Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery

Smoke alarms save lives With the end of daylight savings fast approaching, it’s important to talk about our household smoke alarms. On average, there are 3,000 house fires in Victoria each year, many of which could end in tragedy without working smoke alarms. CFA is partnering once again with Bunnings to raise awareness of smoke alarms and home fire safety. All Victorian Bunnings stores will have a smoke alarm and home fire safety display in store from Monday 27 March…

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