Community Newsletter - September 2015

From our Captain Andrew Alford

Hello community, the fire season is upon us and as I write this, our Tanker 1 and crew are fighting the Lancefield-Cobaw fire. The season looks like another dry hot one with weather forecasts not in our favour. So this is the time to get your homes and properties ready. If you are going to have a burn off, pick the right weather (overcast wet days please). Most importantly register your burn off by ringing 1800 668 511. This saves emergency services traveling to false alarms. When you are preparing your burn off, think carefully about the size of your pile and have fire protection equipment on hand in case things don’t go as planned .

A date to put in your diary is the pre-season BBQ at the station on the 29th November, starting 5pm. A great chance to catch up before Christmas and the hot weather.

Be safe, plan ahead.


Recent training events organised by Training Officer Warren Rees have included Breathing Apparatus scenarios and clandestine drug laboratory information, in conjunction with Whittlesea CFA, two members travelling to Bangholm  for skills maintenance, a First Aid refresher course to keep members’ skills up to date as well as our own training scenarios. Training is a very important facet of our activities as ‘practice makes perfect’ and Warren does an enormous amount of work to ensure we include a wide range of scenarios in our training schedule.


The brigade took part in the Walter Stutchbury Memorial Trophy competition at Plenty. The competition involved two events, the first being a timed race between two teams who each had to bowl hoses, make connections, run out lengths of hose and squirt targets. With the help of some Plenty CFA members to fill our team we managed to come fourth after this event. The second event was to extinguish a burning pile of hay using our knapsacks, rack hoes and a water fire extinguisher. As we were several members down we were relegated to last after this event. Walter Stutchbury was a former Group Officer and his wife presented the trophy to Plenty CFA -the winning team.


The brigade was called to a motor vehicle incident recently – in the middle of the First Aid refresher course.


After a break for the school holidays, Juniors start up again on 14th October. Last term Juniors learnt about map reading, the phonetic alphabet, equipment CFA use and also some fun stuff. This term we will refresh these skills and learn about knot tying, fire safety and protection around the house, personal safety and other fire fighting skills.

Juniors is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Arthurs Creek fire station 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Juniors does not run in the holidays or on Code Red days. New members are welcome anytime or feel free to come down for a chat and see what goes on.

For further information contact Matthew Gravette - Juniors Leader or Tony Tulipano via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Community Safety/ Auxiliary

Warren Rees organised an evening for the Auxiliary to demonstrate the use of fire extinguishers. There was also an opportunity to practice using a water extinguisher and a fire blanket on a cooking oil fire. Discussion was held about the importance of having a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in the home, mounted in an easily accessible place, should a fire break out.

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Burn off registration: 1800 668 511 -  Registering a burn off can save the brigade from an unnecessary callout.

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