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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 acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

Please click on the title to see the video.

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 forecasts for spring, suggest that the southern fire season is likely to commence earlier than usual and be more active than normal.

What are you doing to prepare yourself and reduce the fire risk of your property?

For full details, please visit https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/38 

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 been consulted and fully supports these changes to ensure greater safety for our members when responding to incidents and emergencies,” he said.
“There have been too many incidents where CFA members have experienced close calls or even worse – have been struck by passing vehicles – while responding to an emergency.
“CFA vehicles use red and blue flashing lights and sirens when responding to an emergency and while attending an operational incident.
“It’s important that when road users see these lights or hear the siren, they slow to 40km/h and pass with care.
“Where there were two or more trucks attending an incident, the area between the two vehicles, at each end of the scene will effectively become a 40km/h speed zone.
“Our members put themselves at risk daily in their commitment to protect lives and property throughout the community.  It is important therefore, to ensure that they in turn, have the necessary support and protection.”   
The new rule also applies to other emergency services organisations including Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, MFB, VICSES and VicRoads Transport Safety Service vehicles with magenta flashing lights.
The fine for an infringement of the new road by Victoria Police is $277, with a maximum court penalty of $793. 

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 and CFA career firefighters from our 35 integrated stations to service areas currently being covered by integrated stations. Volunteers brigades that are currently part of an integrated brigade are expected to be moved out into their own facilities. No timelines or the mechanism of how this will occur have been announced.

This means CFA career firefighters and some support staff will transition to FRV. CFA will provide comprehensive support to this group of staff. There will be no job losses or redundancies for career firefighters and staff. It is expected that any paid fire fighter support that the CFA requires, particularly fire ground leadership, will be seconded in from FRV.

The government has also announced a $100 million package, on top of money to rebrand, to support CFA. Details on how this will be allocated are not yet known.

The Andrews government has also committed to introducing new laws to give all firefighters equal access to compensation for cancers contracted in the line of duty. This means all firefighters will have greater certainty in being able to access compensation benefits for specified cancers. Details of eligibility are expected to be announced when the legislation is produced to parliament.

Read the full Fire Services Statement - pdf 3MB

What does this mean for Gisborne CFA volunteers?

We will continue to serve and protect our community just as we always have.
We will continue to operate under the leadership of CFA’s Chief Officer.
Volunteers will remain remain committed to stepping up in times of need.

Read CFA's fact sheet on the reform - pdf 215k

Read the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria page on the reform

Got a question?

If you have any questions you can contact our dedicated information line for CFA staff and volunteers by calling 1300 339 558.

If you are a member of the public with questions, we encourage you to contact your local member of state parliament for answers.

Alternatively, questions or comments can be submitted via email to fireservicesreform@cfa.vic.gov.au.

You can visit the Fire Services Victoria website for more information including FAQ's or submit comments on the website.

Member support

CFA has a range of support services and resources available including:

Peer Support Program - trained members offering support & guidance - contact your local Peer Coordinator (requires login, CFA Members only)
Member Assistance Program - a 24-hour confidential and external counselling service - 1300 795 711
Chaplaincy - 1800 337 068
Manager Assist - confidential coaching, support and advice for managers - 1300 795 711
These services are confidential, free of charge and available to all CFA members and their immediate families.

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 heroes. This year was no exception with an impressive attendance by the local community to pay their respects to our past and present soldiers," said Captain Sam Strang.

Gisborne brigade also supported the dawn service on Mount Macedon at the commemorative cross. Brigade members helped at the event in the morning, with a 4am start needed to help manage the large number of people who attend this iconic event.

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