The Tree Project - invitation to assist

Some of you may be aware of the Tree Project - Blacksmiths from around the world contributing pieces to make a large steel tree to commemorate the 2009 fires and be placed at Strathewen. See here for more: 

The project coordinator's name is Amanda Gibson.

Amanda rang me yesterday extending the offer to all brigades in the area to come along and visit the workshop located in Whittlesea – in the big red factory near the Showgrounds.

She also has asked if any members would like to contribute time to the project and assist with stamping messages onto leaves to go on to the tree and in any other volunteer capacity – they will really welcome CFA members to be part of the process if they so desire.

Whilst it is short notice, this invitation commences as of this weekend – so if you're at a loss for things to do, maybe this might spark your interest.

If so, please contact Amanda directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

News Roundup - 23 June 2013

Blacksmiths Tree - unveiling and dedication - Saturday 30 November 1-4pm, Whittlesea Showgrounds.


  • Some photos of the mid-week roster crew have been posted in Photos section.


  • Shell are enforcing the use of PINs on Shell Cards.  This will happen gradually over July to September.
  • If you are paying by Shell Card and are prompted to create a PIN, use the last 4 digits of the Shell Card.

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Turnout History

The turnout history table has been updated to include 2012 turnouts.  The table is found in the Operations page.


Direction regarding the wearing of audio / visual devices on PPC

Dear all,

It has come to my attention that some members are wearing personal video and audio recording devices on their PPC.

Whilst in a privacy sense this is not technically illegal, I have been advised of examples where the images / audio recorded have been used inappropriately and without the correct permissions.  

As a result I issue the following direction:

No audio and / or visual recording devices shall be worn on PPC without written permission from the Operations Manager.   

If members wish to seek permission, it shall be via the Captain / OIC outlining the purpose.

I trust that this clarifies this issue and I ask you to distribute this to members as appropriate.


Rohan Luke
Operations Manager

Advice to volunteers - Pager Replacement Roll Out

The rollout of new pagers is set to go ahead, VFBV has secured commitments to a program of continuing improvements based on volunteer/user feedback, and the VFBV Board now encourages all members to participate in the pager replacement roll-out program.

Read more: Advice to volunteers - Pager Replacement Roll Out

News Roundup - 5 May


  • Safety Alert
  • General Items
  • CFA Connect
  • VFBV
  • Pagers

Read more: News Roundup - 5 May

District 14/NWMR Post Season Online Survey


On behalf of Operations Manager Rohan Luke and Operations Manager/Regional Commander John Deering I invite you to participate in the NWMR/District 14-Post Season Online Debrief Survey 2012/2013.

The survey will go live on Monday 6 May at 0900hrs and will be available for a period of two weeks, ceasing at 2200hrs on Sunday 19 May 2013.

Read more: District 14/NWMR Post Season Online Survey

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