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Annual Christmas Eve Santa Run

Annual Christmas Eve Santa Run

The Gisborne Fire brigade have been bringing Santa to the streets of Gisborne on Christmas Eve for over 30 years. The 100% volunteer brigade work hard to find ways to ensure the kids of Gisborne get to see Santa and get some lollies the day before Christmas. With increasing time constraints on the busy Gisborne Fire Brigade Volunteers, difficulty in maneuvering our trucks safely in courts and other dead end roads with so many children who are keen to see…

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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 vehicles…

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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…

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Emergency information delivered to you

Emergency information delivered to you

The new app replaces FireReady and brings together emergency information and warnings from all Victoria’s emergency services, including CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Victorian communities can now access all our emergency information and warnings through the one, centralised location. The new app can be accessed on most mobile phones and tablets, and similar to FireReady it…

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Prepare your property for summer

Prepare your property for summer

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, in consultation with local CFA brigades, has approved the lifting of burning off restrictions for the month of October for land less than 4,000 square metres. Residents must ensure that when burning off they do not create a nuisance for their neighbours and should continue to monitor any burn-off for at least seven days to ensure it is fully extinguished. Large loads of green waste (excluding noxious weeds) can also be taken and tipped for free…

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What is the chance?

What is the chance?

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world.  Understanding your level of risk is the first step in knowing what to do before and during a fire. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre recently released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for 2016-17, which shows an above normal bushfire potential across North, North West and Western Victoria. Now is the best time to make sure you understand your fire risk and start preparing yourself, your family…

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Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

Is your wood fire an indulgence or a life threatening danger?

On a cold winter night it’s nice to settle down in front of a wood fire. But if that wood fire isn’t being properly maintained it could change from being an indulgence to a life threatening danger. Chimney fires are caused by the accumulation of creosote and other products of incomplete combustion in the chimney. Over a period of months these products build up in the chimney as a coating and when subjected to strong heat from the fire ignite…

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Understanding Fire Danger Signs

Understanding Fire Danger Signs

Do you understand what the signs at the Gisborne roundabout and the fire station are telling you? What about the electronic signs on the freeway? Who looks after them? When are they adjusted? The last two questions are that members of the Gisborne CFA Brigade adjust the signs each afternoon, usually around 5 pm. All members of the brigade receive a paged message each afternoon with the fire danger ratings for our area from district headquarters, along with fire weather…

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Clearing around your home

Clearing around your home

Now is the time to prepare your house. How far around your house can you clear BEFORE you need to get council permission? The short answer is: it depends. Where is your house? When was it constructed? Does it replace a house previously destroyed by bush fire? All these facts determine exactly what you can and can’t do. CFA has launched a new online tool to make it easier for people to check whether they can clear vegetation, including trees…

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Prepare and maintain your property

Prepare and maintain your property

With the first major fire indicating that the fire season has well and truly started , preparing your property now is your best defense.  Preparing yourself, your family and your property is your responsibility. Serious bushfires can occur in rural and suburban communities, with areas such as Gisborne, nestled between forest, suburbia and large grass areas at particular risk. During a major bushfire, firefighters will be working to stop the fire. A fire truck and water bombing by aircraft cannot…

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