With the firefight entering a third day in central Victoria, Gisborne Brigade is continuing to do all it can to support the fight. We have crews working around the clock in strike teams and crews dedicated for local response, people supporting the temporary air base over at Dixon’s field, along with all the admin and paperwork that is needed to run the brigade in these times and all the people of Gisborne who stand behind us. A very special mention to all the members of the Brigade Management Team, who are always there when needed, and always supervise the crew change over, as well as often taking a leadership role on the fire ground. Captain Sam deserves a very special mention for many reasons. All our appliances have been drawn into the fight, and all the crews on them have earned their place. Many of our members have had a life altering experience, and if you know a CFA firefighter who has been involved in the fight, please be aware that we may not want to or be willing to discuss what happened just yet.
It’s important to not think that the threat has now passed. Much effort has been spent today and tomorrow ensuring that all hot spots are dealt with and cold. All the work put in does not mean that the fuel that is still unburnt in Macedon Ranges will remain unburnt. More importantly, if you have escaped the fire, NOW is the time to review your fire plan and consider your response to fire. Many more people are now aware of the phenomenal combination of power and unpredictability that a grass fire can bring. Has the last two days experience prompted YOU to reconsider your plans? If you’re thinking that a tidy up of your plan might be useful, please visit the CFA page with more information on building your fire plan.