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Gisborne CFA + Good Friday Appeal = Maximum fun!

good fridayFirefighters, Junior Firefighters and Scouts will again hit the streets of Gisborne this year to raise money for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Every year the Gisborne Fire Brigade works tirelessly with the Gisborne Scouts Club by working the CBD and door knocking homes to raise money for life saving equipment for the RCH.

Lieutenant Mark Carter who is the area manager for the RCH appeal and has been overseeing the Good Friday Appeal for the Brigade for several years says each year the community does a fantastic job in supporting this important cause.

“If you happen to be home this Good Friday, listen out for a knock on the door and give generously for this extremely important cause” said Lieutenant Carter

“Each year we try and better our last, and with all proceeds going to the RCH, please dig deep and get Gisborne on the map this year!” Lt Carter added.

The local community can donate to the RCH appeal all year round at our supporting businesses:  Gisborne village homewares, The Vic tavern, IGA, Video busters, Cellarbrations & Doonies diner.

People can also help by calling into Williamsons Foodworks on Good Friday morning.

Good Friday is on April 3, just after almost-as-good thursday, April 2nd.

Bucket brigade

Thanks to the Diggers Rest Fire Brigade for the nomination. Gisborne CFA members and their families dug deep into their own pockets and raised $315 for research into Motor Neuron Disease.

The Gisborne Fire Brigade nominate

  • Loddon Mallee Acting Regional Commander Mark Gilmore, <- accepted!
  • District 2 Acting Operations Manager Steve Smith
  • and the Woodend Fire Brigade. <- accepted!



Gisborne Fire Brigade Annual Dinner 2014

Members, family and friends of the Gisborne Fire Brigade enjoyed their annual dinner and awards night Saturday 26th July hosted by the Gisborne Golf Club.

After a long and busy fire season members allowed themselves to let their hair down and enjoy the night with a “Christmas In July” theme including a traditional Christmas dinner.

During the evening a number of awards were presented to members in recognition of their achievements throughout the year as well as CFA service awards.

The Rookie Fire Fighter of the Year was awarded to Cameron Stewart.   Cameron who has been with the brigade for less than 2 years was delighted in accepting the award for his commitment to fire brigade activities.

The Fire Fighter of the Year was awarded to Allison Pulbrook.   Allison started with the Brigade as a junior firefighter and has progressed through to the senior ranks and is in the midst of Respond to Urban training.  During the past fire season Allison deployed on 6 strike teams along with continuing her involvement with other Brigade activities including being a Junior Brigade leader all whilst balancing full time University studies in Electrical Engineering. Allison was unable to attend the function. She will be presented with the award at the next Brigade meeting.

The Above & Beyond award is normally presented to an individual member but this year the Brigade Management Team decided that in the light of the outstanding performance by the entire Brigade at the February 9th fires and the subsequent weeks thereafter the award should be made to the Brigade as a whole.  Captain Strang said he was immensely proud of the dedication and level of professionalism shown by all members both operationally and logistically, stating it would be unfair to single out any individual member when the entire Brigade performed “Above & Beyond” expectations during that period.

Acting Regional Commander of the Loddon Mallee District, Mark Gilmore presented service medals to the following recipient’s

10 Year Service – Lt. Bevan Moody

10 Year Service – FF Luke Hammond

10 Year Service – Lt. Mark Carter

15 Year Service – Secretary Henry Neal

20 Year Service – Ex Captain Tony Wade

50 Year Service – FF Thomas Ritchie

There were another three service medals to be awarded but the recipients; Monica Gibbs (10 years), John Theel (15 years) and Ashley Williams (25 years)  were unable to attend and will therefore receive their medals at a Brigade meeting at a later date.

In Tom Ritchie’s acceptance speech he paid special tribute to his wife Mary and children Janet, Leanne, James and Katherine stating it is impossible to perform this role over many years without the unconditional love and support of family.

Fire Fighter Ritchie first joined the Gisborne Fire Brigade in 1962 as a Reserve Fire Fighter before moving up the ranks to what was then known as an Active Fire Fighter eventually holding the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1973.

During his 50 years of service Tom actively fought fires including tours of duty at Lithgow and Colo Heights in NSW, and the Brisbane Ranges, Anakie and numerous others in Victoria.   The devastating fires of “Ash Wednesday” in 1983 and then the 2009 “Black Saturday” fires counted as the worst he has ever encountered.

Tom now has the honor of being the second longest serving member of the Gisborne Fire Brigade and believes he still has a few good years yet to offer.



ANZAC Day 2014

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.

anzac 2014“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.

Lest we forget

Good Friday 2014

Good friday 2014Lieutenant Mark Carter of the Gisborne Fire Brigade would like to thank the Gisborne community for raising a whopping $11018.90 for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday appeal.

Firefighters along with family members and Scouts hit the streets of Gisborne early this morning with the assistance of Gisbus to raise money.

Lunch was kindly provided by Doonies Diner.

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

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 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, monitoring the CFA Facebook and Twitter accounts and/or calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.


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.


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.



Thank You Gisborne!

Gisborne residents have done it again by digging deep on Good Friday.

A grand total of $31,150 was raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal with your support.

6 yo Grace lent a hand collecting on Good Friday


A big thanks to the staff and customers of Foodworks Supermarket who contributed a massive $20,000.

Gisborne Scouts and fire fighters door knocked the town and raised $11,150.

Lt Peter Harry says the aim was to beat last year’s total by raising $10,000+.

“We collect on behalf of our town, with Scouts and Cubs lending a hand to door knock as many homes as possible, as it’s a cause that Gisborne CFA members are passionate about supporting every year.”


Gisbus kindly supported our collection by providing drivers and buses to help move our collectors around. 

Football fans at Gardner Reserve watching the Gisborne vs Kyneton clash also contributed.