Monthly Archives: March 2012

Championship Run Down

Gisborne fire fighter Joel Wood (far right) recently represented the Brigade at the VFBV State Urban Championships held in Shepparton.

The annual event draws competitors from across the State and involves traditional fire fighting skill events that date back more than a century ago.

Joel said he was invited to run with a team from Kyneton and has been training with them since mid-season.

“It has given me a chance to make friends with CFA members from all over, plus enjoy the thrill of competition”.

Gisborne veteran runner Bruce Harker was also an official for the event over the weekend.

Events included Ladder 5’s (4th), Hose reel 6’s (5th), Y Coupling & Ladder 8’s (5th), and Champion 4’s.-

The championships are an ideal opportunity for members interested in keeping fit and improving their fire fighting skills in a competitive environment. Through these competitions, members develop a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie. The Championships are also an opportunity for members to showcase their firefighting skills and talent.

Kids Drop In

57 Grade 1 students from New Gisborne Primary School took time out to visit the emergency services in Gisborne. The excursion included Police, SES, and CFA- with a chance to climb on a fire truck of course!

 

A charity golf day at Gisborne Golf Club organized by the Municipal Works Officers Association (MWOA) has thrown its support behind local volunteer fire fighters.

A donation of $700 was presented to Gisborne CFA by Macedon Ranges Shire Council Works Officer Kevin Keating.

“MWOA has many activities on the day and one of these activities is a fund raising hole, where we decided to donate the proceeds from this event to the Gisborne Fire Brigade.”

Lt Peter Harry thanked the MWOA for their generous support of the brigade.

“Gisborne CFA is raising funds to put towards new fire station turnout lockers to store our personal protective equipment, so this donation has come at a very opportune time.”

Over 100 golfers enjoyed a fantastic day of golf at Gisborne with attendees from across Victoria.

The M.W.O.A is a non profit association of local Government works officers and the annual charity golf day is an opportunity for members to advance their professional fellowship, and gain information and knowledge from other members.

Fire Restrictions End

CFA has announced that fire restrictions in the Macedon Ranges have now been lifted- as of Monday March 19.

The easing of restrictions comes early than anticipated due to recent rains and green growth.

The CFA says people will be able to conduct burn-offs in those regions without a permit once the restrictions are lifted.

Standby For Flood Relief

CFA fire fighters from the Macedon Ranges are on standby to assist in flood ravaged NE Victoria.
Emergency crews are at Nathalia where 400 homes are at risk if levees are breached. Water levels have peaked but are expected to remain high for several days. Group duty officer Peter Harry says following a phone conference Friday, plans are in place to back up local crews who have been battling the floods for more than a week.
“There is still a big job ahead and we are ready to mobilize our crews over the weekend”.
Contingency plans to respond additional support from across the Loddon Mallee District are in place with local arrangements coordinated by Mt Macedon Group.