Monthly Archives: February 2015

Red Balloon Day

Rob Mitchell MP recently visited the crew at Gisborne CFA to present a brand new Australian National Flag, as well as deliver some ‘Thank you Fireys’ balloons to promote National Red Balloon Day.

National Red Balloon Day is February 28. It is a day when the entire community joins together to honour and thank firefighters across the country.

To show your appreciation, simply tie a red balloon to your letterbox, fence, business window or a ribbon from your car on this day.

You can help raise all-important funds for our fireys by purchasing official merchandise on the National Red Balloon Day website at

All funds raised will go straight back to our local fire services.11002489_10153169489000362_3416244178017263977_n10985243_10153169488840362_7269330718907670750_n

Helping kids learn

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Last Wednesday Members of the Gisborne Fire Brigade visited the Good Start Early Learning Centre in New Gisborne.

Lieutenant Bevan Moody, who Manages Community Engagement for the Brigade, said that visiting schools and Kindergartens is an integral part of CFA’s service to the community.

“We visit schools and kindergartens regularly to teach children the importance of Fire Safety and Fire Awareness from an early age. Topics include, having an active fire plan, working smoke alarms and, most importantly, what to do in the event of a fire,” explained Lieutenant Moody.

Fire Safe Kids presenter, Ian Large, explained the importance of fire safety within the home and showed children what they can do in the event of a fire. Fire Fighters Tom Ruff, Ian Ward, Ethen Brailsford and Steve Blaker demonstrated how to “Get Down Low and Go Go Go,” while interacting with the children and answering important Fire Safety questions.

Fire Fighter Brailsford also donned Breathing Apparatus to demonstrate what a Fire Fighter looks and sounds like when entering a house; although we look a little scary the Fire Brigade is here to help.

For the kids the highlight of the day, as always, was getting the opportunity to get the Fire Hose out and squirt water around.

If your school, Kindergarten or Community Group would like the Fire Brigade to visit you please contact Mr. Bevan Moody or Mr. Ian Large from the Gisborne Fire Brigade on 54282596 or Email the Brigade at