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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Ensure your property is fire ready

Ensure your property is fire ready

Gisborne CFA is encouraging all residents to clean up and prepare their properties for fire season. With the dire season projected to be longer than before, it’s vital that this short window of opportunity is taken advantage of. To assist property owners to do this, during the month of October burning off restrictions under Macedon Ranges Council’s Local Law will be lifted for those residents living on land less than 4,000 square metres (one acre). Council’s Director Assets and Operations,…

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Radio goes digital

Radio goes digital

Many people enjoy following the action of Gisborne CFA on a radio scanner. With the transition to a fully digital radio network, these radio receivers no longer work. The reliance of many people on the radio transmissions to keep in touch has led to the CFA providing internet streams of the dispatch channels. You can now tune into regional radio dispatch traffic from anywhere in the state using a free website Broadcastify. The website allows you to stream, or download, live audio…

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Morgan’s IGA supports brigade

Morgan’s IGA supports brigade

On Tuesday 28th April, Morgan’s Supa IGA Gisborne, continued their significant support for the CFA when Store Manager Daniel Muscat presented the Gisborne Fire Brigade with a donation of $2,221.54 as part of IGA’s state-wide Community Chest program. Regional and smaller communities rely on this type of support to help provide a range of services and it is particularly vital to the CFA in both urban and rural areas. Volunteer Fire Brigades are able to maintain and improve the emergency…

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Morgan's IGA supports brigade

Morgan's IGA supports brigade

On Tuesday 28th April, Morgan’s Supa IGA Gisborne, continued their significant support for the CFA when Store Manager Daniel Muscat presented the Gisborne Fire Brigade with a donation of $2,221.54 as part of IGA’s state-wide Community Chest program. Regional and smaller communities rely on this type of support to help provide a range of services and it is particularly vital to the CFA in both urban and rural areas. Volunteer Fire Brigades are able to maintain and improve the emergency…

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When you change your clock, change the battery in your smoke alarm

When you change your clock, change the battery in your smoke alarm

Gisborne CFA has attended many house fires over the years that it has been around, and one of the most reassuring things that we experience is going into a building with the smoke alarms making a racket, and all the people usually in the house on the grass outside, waiting for us. One of the most frightening things that we face is knowing that there is a person inside who has become incapacitated as they didn’t know there was a…

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Gisborne CFA + Good Friday Appeal = Maximum fun!

Gisborne CFA + Good Friday Appeal = Maximum fun!

Firefighters, 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…

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Red Balloon Day

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…

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