Monthly Archives: January 2014

Greenhill fire

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Gisborne brigade formed part of strike team 0222 to respond to a call for more appliances at a spreading grass fire in Greenhill, just past Kyneton, on Sunday, 26th of January 2014 at 13:42. Gisborne was a late entry into the strike team, as the allocated Woodend tanker had already responded directly to the fire. The fire ended up consuming over 200 hectares of grass lands, with damage to fences and out buildings yet to be fully counted. No houses were lost, and no injuries have been listed. Over 20 appliances from all over region 2 attended, with local appliances remaining on the ground overnight to monitor for any flareups. With the increasing temperatures over the next few weeks, everyone is urged to consider their fire plan, and to think about their response to fire in their neighborhood.

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Gisborne crews at strike teams

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With the increase in temperature predicted s974dbbb0fea1adb277243037c0105592_dsa23856oon, Gisborne has been busy working with our surrounding brigades dealing with spreading fires in this cooler weather. We have three firefighters off at Yapeen, due back today, and yesterday, Wednesday 22nd January, Gisborne provided seven members to help crew strike team 0222 from Mountain Group when called to supplement the fire fight at a grass fire in Mernda . It’s a good time to remind people that with high fuel loads from the last few good years of growth, and the dry and hot start to the year, the risk of fire is high. Fire restrictions remain in place, and this is a great time to revisit or refresh your fire plan. If you’d like some advice on what to do, please call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 (8am-6pm).

 

Gisborne crew set for Yaapeet

A composite crew from the Mt Macedon Group of Brigades, included members from Gisborne will meet at Bendigo Fire Station tomorrow to form a strike team to help with firefighting efforts in Yaapeet.
At this stage they will spend 3 days on the fire ground.
Relief crews maybe sent throughout the remainder of next week but we will keep you posted.
Also thanks to the Gisborne and wider community with your messages of gratitude and for those who have been dropping off fruit, icypoles, cakes and drinks. Including a box of freshly picked cherries from Mt Gisborne Cherries.
Good news for our local area though with much welcomed relief from the heat on it’s way.
Firefighters are still occupying the station and will continue to do so until approx 8pm or when the high fire risk decreases.
Grampians fire

Total Fire Bans continue Friday

A Total Fire Ban will continue for Friday 17 January 2014 for the whole state of Victoria.

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No fire can be lit in the open air or be allowed to remain alight in the open air between 00:01 hours on Friday 17th of January 2014 and 23:59 hours on Friday 17th of January 2014.

Penalties for lighting fires illegally include large fines and possible imprisonment.

Victorians are urged check fire danger ratings and stay informed by listening to emergency radio broadcasters, monitoring emergency.vic.gov.au, downloading the FireReady app, calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 and monitoring CFA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To find out what you can and cannot do on a day of Total Fire Ban, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can 

Fire stretches resources at Sunbury

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From CFA website:

Just before 3pm Monday 14th January, multiple Triple Zero calls were received for a reported grass and scrub fire in the Mitchells Lane and Moore Road area in Sunbury.

With Sunbury, Gisborne and Diggers Rest paged, Sunbury FCV, with Station Officer Adam Whitford on board, proceeded directly into Moore road to find a medium sized grass fire spreading, while Tanker 2 started to tackle the fire.

“I initially Made Tankers 5, as it looked like we could pull it up early on,” explained SO Whitford from Sunbury brigade. “But once it got into thicker grassland and pines, and the wind picked up, I requested additional resources, as well as Air Support.”

“I proceeded to do a size-up of the fire, with my offsider starting to cut gates so crews could get in to fight the fire. We also had to do an emergency evacuation of residents in Moore Road due to fire impinging on a number of homes.”

With high winds fanning the flames, the fire started to jump onto the Calder Freeway median strip, and threaten to cross the freeway completely into paddocks and bushland.

Further information

 

Total Fire Ban Thursday 16/1/14

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Today, Thu, 16 Jan 2014 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Central (includes Melbourne and Geelong) fire district.veryhigh_tfb

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01 AM on Thu, 16 Jan 2014 until 11:59 PM Thu, 16 Jan 2014.

Fire Danger Rating

Very high

Bureau of Meteorology forecast issued at: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:30 AM

Fire Danger Rating scale

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Total Fire Ban for 15/1/14

This is updated to cover the whole state as at 9:30PM AEST

Total Fire Bans will continue tomorrow, Wednesday 15 January for the whole state:

  • Wimmera
  • Mallee
  • South West
  • Northern Country
  • North Central
  • Central
  • North East
  • West and South Gippsland
  • East Gippsland

Gisborne is in the Central Area.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said while Fire Danger Ratings tomorrow would reach Very High, the continuation of TFB’s recognised this week’s high temperatures in the lead in to Friday.

“Fuel loads right across Victoria are now dry and ready to burn. The extreme temperatures over the coming 3 days will test fire services and the community,” Mr Ferguson said.

“It’s critical we minimise the risk of any fires before Friday.”

Mr Ferguson said a number of serious fires had threatened communities at Kangaroo Ground, Little River and Sunbury today, Tuesday 14 January.

He urged Victorians to remain vigilant, check fire danger ratings and stay informed by listening to emergency radio broadcasters, monitoring emergency.vic.gov.au, downloading the FireReady app,r calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 and monitoring CFA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

During a TFB, subject to exceptions, no fire can be lit in the open air or be allowed to remain alight in the open air between 00:01 and 23:59.

Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/ to find out what you can and can’t do on a day of Total Fire Ban.

Bushfire Preparation Meeting – 8/1/14

Come along to your local Fire Ready meeting at Gisborne CFA to find out the must-have information for this fire season.

Every season is different so even if you’ve attended a meeting before, it’s important to attend this one. We live in an area with a high fire risk, and preparation is the key to survival.
frv-meetingSpeak to CFA about:

  • How and where bush, grass or scrub fires are likely to start and spread around your area
  • The most essential decisions you and your family need to make
  • How to stay informed should a fire start and threaten
  • Tips and updates to help you start or review your fire plan

This One-hour Fire Ready meeting is a good opportunity to share views and experiences on managing bushfire risk, and make contacts or pool resources.

– See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/bushfire-preparation-meetings/#sthash.xGTY24NS.dpuf

 

Latest media release. Gisborne FB

The Fire Danger Period in the Macedon Ranges is now in force. This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements. If you don’t obtain a permit, you could be breaking the law and may be prosecuted. CFA in conjunction with Victoria Police have a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal fires. It is imperative that all residents are particularly cautious when mowing and using powered equipment outdoors. For further information regarding what you are allowed to do during the Fire Danger Period go to the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/.

Your preparations for the Fire Danger Period should now be complete. If not, it is not too late. Check out the information contained on the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/prepare-your-property/ for suggested preparations that you can carry out. An important consideration for all landholders is to ensure that a fire truck can reach your house. For a fire truck to reach your house your driveway needs to be clear of trees and branches with a minimum clearance of at least 4m in width and 4m in height.

Stay informed with the local fire situations by listening to emergency broadcasters such as ABC radio, downloading the new FireReady app, visiting www.emergency.vic.gov.au, monitoring the CFA Facebook and Twitter accounts and/or calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

TIC

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Gisborne community we have been able to purchase a handheld Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). The TIC has the unique ability to allow our firefighters to “see” through smoke to allow for the easier and safer combating of fires.

The Fire Brigade has been particularly busy over the past two months with firefighters working in the NSW Blue Mountains region, at Sedgwick near Harcourt and numerous small grass and scrub fires in Gisborne and surrounding areas over the past two months. In early December 140 people were evacuated from Jet’s Gymnastics in New Gisborne when smoke from an adjoining factory filled the gymnastics hall. Thankfully no one was injured.

We attended a total of 175 incidents for the 2013 calendar year.

If you drive past the Gisborne Fire Station you may see that we have created a memorial garden to remember our deceased firefighters.  Surrounding a plaque are five Fire Star roses. The garden was constructed by our members with the support of the Harry family.

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On Christmas Eve the Brigade travelled the streets of Gisborne with Santa spreading Christmas cheer. Santa handed out 130 kg of lollies to the good children and adults of Gisborne. You may have noticed a change from the previous 30 years in the way we undertook this enjoyable task.

Santa 2013

Due to an expanding township, OHS requirements, and increasing time constraints on the hard working volunteers of the Gisborne Fire Brigade, this year we minimised the trucks from driving in small narrow courts and dead-end roads.