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The Hazelwood mine disaster could easily have been avoided

Hazelwood Mine Fire 2015

The Hazelwood coalmine fire, which burned for 45 days earlier this year, was a catastrophe for the town of Morwell in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Homes were blanketed in smoke and […]

Know your fire restrictions

LOCAL fire brigades have attended several call-outs in recent weeks, prompting a stern message from Foster CFA brigade captain David Jones. “Ignorance is no excuse. The public should be aware […]

Sandy Point Centre for bushfire emergency

THE recently completed Sandy Point Community Centre has been chosen as a designated Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) – a place of last resort in the event of a bushfire emergency. […]

Ready for the fire season

“WE ARE ready for whatever happens,” says Dave Gallacher, Fire Management Officer for South Gippsland at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). “Weatherwise, it is looking like a fairly […]

Transportable Bag Radio rollout has begun

MEMBERS of CFA’s South Gippsland (District 9) personnel undertook a familiarisation and training session last Wednesday at the Toora CFA Station in preparation for the use of the brand new […]

Night of awards for Fish Creek & District CFA

THERE were multiple celebrations at the recent Fish Creek & District Fire Brigade dinner. The captain of Fish Creek & District CFA, Mick Dorling, was presented with the CFA Outstanding […]

New Sandy Point centre to be refuge – eventually

THE official opening will take place in November, but the Sandy Point Community Centre is expected to be ready for use any day now. The newly constructed centre has one […]

Foster CFA rings in commemorative bell

A HIGHLIGHT of the brigade open day held by Foster Fire Brigade last Sunday was the unveiling of the brigade’s historic fire bell in its new mounting which pays tribute […]

Lucky escape

IT was a very lucky escape indeed for a South Gippsland mother and son, when an attempt to avoid a wombat eventuated in their car careening down an embankment – […]

Successful planned burn on outskirts of Foster

A PLANNED burn was carried out last Thursday along a section of Cody Gully on Ophir Hill, Foster. Involved in the burn were ten Parks Victoria/DSE personnel and four CFA […]

Peter Ryan launches CFA training package at Foster

THE top brass from Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) and representatives of brigades from across Victoria descended on Foster Fire Station last Friday for the official launch of a package […]

Fire risk brought home to Sandy Point residents

SANDY Point residents were given a realistic idea of the fire risk to their town when they participated in the innovative Township Protection Project last Saturday evening. Theirs was the […]

Community bushfire exercise at Sandy Point

THE CFA will be holding a community bushfire exercise in Sandy Point this weekend. CFA’s Ivan Smith will be facilitating the exercise in the Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club on […]

District alert for fire

A GRASS fire on a property between Foster and Fish Creek last Friday served as a timely warning of the especial danger posed this summer by fires of this nature. […]

Toora farmhouse goes up in smoke

FIRE razed a 100-year-old farmhouse to the ground in Grip Road, Toora last Friday. Owned by Ian and Chris Dubignon, the house was tenanted by their son and daughter-in-law, who […]

Gratitude to CFA

At 14.45 the Fire brigade were called when a small burn got out of control. Allan & Louise are grateful to the men & women who attended. If they had […]

Toora gets State’s second ‘big fill’ appliance

A FORMAL handover of vehicle keys was loudly applauded as Matt Viney MLC Member for Eastern Victoria officially presided over the presentation of the State’s second-only cab-chassis mounted ‘big fill’ […]

Foster Fire Brigade (Foster CFA)

fire danger rating chart

In emergency dial: 000 Current incident and fire restriction information Contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667 or go to the Vic Emergency website for all current CFA & […]