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Our members get up to a whole range of activities, not just CFA related.

 

 

 

1400657_611337938926451_724705203_oBendigo Bank donates Thermal Imagine Camera to Local Brigades!

Bendigo Bank recently donated $60,000 worth of Thermal Imaging Cameras to local brigades, including Macclesfield. We are exceptionally thankful to them for providing this much needed and essential part of safety equipment.

2013 FRV Meeting Attendance

Fire Ready Victoria Meeting - January 2013

63 members of our community interacted with 15 of our fire fighters on a Saturday in Mid January to gather information on the upcoming season and how best to prepare. Afternoon tea as always was provided and we hope everyone got something out of it (as well as some excellent food!).

 

 Macclesfield Honored with prestigious award.

Recently at the annual Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group fundraiser Macclesfield brigade were both surprised and honored when presented with the prestigious Arthur Stebbing Perpetual Trophy. The award is designed to highlight the brigades dedication and commitment to the following brigade and community activities:

Prescribed BurningMacclesfield Members with the Arthur Stebbing Perpetual Trophy

Expo planning and attendance

Open Day planning and attendance

Home Bushfire Advice

VFRR Input

Township Protection Plan Work

Weekly Grassland Curing Readings over summer

Fire Ready Victoria planning and attendance

Change you smoke alarm battery advice at the Macclesfield Primary School theater night

   Community Fire Guard Get together

Community Fire Guard Attendance

Fire Safe Kids “ We did the whole school in two days!

Emerald Emergency Management Group attendance and input

Dandenong Ranges Landscape Bushfire Planning Eastern sector Community Group attendance and input

Promoting Fire Prevention at Fundraising activities

We would like to thank the various brigade members who helped organize these events, as well as every member of the Macclesfield brigade who helped support the ideas themselves. A very big thank you to the various brigades we worked with through the year to achieve these outcomes. We are positive the local communities, both ours and our neighbors have all gotten something out of an event we have put on this year.

With a packed last half of the year, including

Melbourne Cup Day

Macclesfield Annual Christmas Display

Macclesfield Brigade Open Day

We are looking to end the year with as much community involvement and fun as we can have. All members, from near and far are invited to participate in our events (especially the extremely popular Christmas display) and help us put a really happy ending to what has already been a great year.

2012 Macclefield Primary School Cinema night

Cakes, chocolate pizza's and smoke alarm advice were our participation in the event. Everyone seemed to have lot's of fun (including our brigade members) and the support we received helped us raise some much needed funds! Thanks to all who dropped by for a chat and to try our amazing deserts!

2012 Fire Ready Victoria Meeting success!

Over 40 members of the community attended our recent Fire Ready Victoria and asked some challenging questions for the District 13 presenter. All fair and everyone in attendance now hopefully has a better idea of their own fire preparedness and obligations as residents. Anyone after any further information, see our'Fire Safety Information & Links' page.

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Local residents in attendance at our Fire Ready Victoria Meeting.

Winter Wonderland in Macclesfield

The Macclesfield CFA had the pleasure of assisting with a miniature village display that had been pain stakingly hand crafted over 8 weeks. We would like the thank the community for the support and to also let them know it will be back in 2012!

2012 Open Day

We recently had our Open Day as part of the CFA Day Activities! It was a huge success and we had over 150 visitors! There was lot's of information around on the day and we hope everyone got something out of it. You can see the photos from the event here

Press Releases

"We're All in This Together" - Fire Awareness Expo 2011

By Fiona Sewell, Macclesfield brigade

A hugely successful Bush fire Awareness Expo was held on Sunday, 4th December. The Expo’s theme was ”We’re all in this Together” and was organized jointly by Emerald, Clematis, Macclesfield and Menzies Creek Fire Brigades.

Over 500 people came through the doors for the five hours that the Expo ran. During the opening Chief Officer Euan Ferguson and Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley launched the new Township Protection Plans for the local area, which were then handed out. There were many exhibitors in the Emerald Hall including the Police who spoke about what would happen if there was need for an evacuation, the local Chemist with information on asthma and organizing your medication when you leave, a pet and livestock stand with information on pets and livestock and how to care for them at home during a fire or when you leave. There were many questions on what to do with your dogs, cats and horses and even your pet kangaroo. The local pet shop brought along some suitable pet carriers and equipment. Leaf Guard products were also displayed.

Vegetation Management Officers from both District 8 and 13 were in attendance to answer any questions on fuel reduction and now have quite a few local properties to visit. There were displays on protective clothing for local residents and the local hardware store had some great equipment on display that would enhance property protection.

The Community Safety Department from District 13 had organized a very informative display with many brochures and this stand was very popular and really well attended.

Emerald Community House informed the public of their programs including their fantastic and innovative ‘Go List’. This list includes an incredible number of ’need to know solutions‘ such as where the elderly and small children can go. Emerald Community house also donated a specifically designed Leave Early Hamper to be raffled and this was very popular. The Shire of Cardinia also had a stand where they were able to talk about solutions for vulnerable people.

The local church have a recovery plan for the Emerald area and visitors to the Expo were made aware of what would happen after a major emergency event and what plans were in place to aid recovery and support for the vulnerable at risk.

Workshops were held in the adjacent library and included topics such as Preparing your Property, Making a Plan, Fire Behavior and Introduction to Community Fire Guard. These workshops were very popular and well attended and each one every one of them was full.

There was plenty happening outside with a bunker on display, an emergency vehicles display, Helitak 333 from the State Aircraft Unit and the most popular Burns Table.

A Coffee Van provided free tea and coffee and was utilized as a community engagement tool.

There was plenty for the kids to do including face painting, badge making, free lollies and balloons.

Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group provided a great lunch on the day.

The Bendigo Community Bank also had a stand on the day promoting insurance and a financial plan but most importantly donated $2500 to hold the event. Support for the event also came from Emerald Community House who donated $500 and the support from the local businesses and traders was invaluable. Most importantly this event was of great benefit to the community.

The organizing committee spent many months organizing the event but most important was the help and support from all the brigade members on the day and the staff who made it all possible.

Hopefully this will become an annual event as it was an outstanding success.

Fisher & Paykel comes through

Posted by Paul Huntington CFA Member

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

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Fisher & Paykel comes through with the goods.

In September, Macclesfield volunteer fire brigade received a donation of a $3,000 refrigerator/freezer from Fisher and Paykel. Captain, Sharon Merritt, said that the fridge is a very generous and much appreciated donation for a brigade that struggles with receiving donations due to having such a sparse community.

In a large fire or incident it will be very handy for us to provide meals for changeover crews. It will also enable us to cater for community functions such as providing information to residents on bushfire preparedness.

Fire destroys century old homestead

Posted by Paul Huntington CFA Member

Monday, 03 October 2011

Macclesfield fire brigade was called to a house fire just before 2 am on Friday 30 September.

The house was one of the oldest in Macclesfield; it was one of the original homesteads and was believed to be over 120 years old. The single story AC sheet house was situated in 130 acres of bush land. The house was formally the home of the Watsons who were one of the original families that settled in Macclesfield. They initially mined for gold and then grew strawberries and potatoes.

The occupant, who was woken only by half his house on fire, was shaken but unharmed in the incident but was lucky to escape before the fire took hold. Unfortunately a lack or working smoke alarms may have delayed notification to brigades long enough so that the house was fully involved by the time crews arrived. In spite of the intense and concerted effort from over 30 firefighters from Macclesfield, Emerald and Monbulk fire brigades the house could not be saved.

Appliances: Macclesfield Tankers 1 & 2, Ultra-light, Emerald Tanker, Pumper & Salvage, Monbulk Tanker, Bayswater BA.

Water was a key issue for the OIC, Macclesfield Captain Sharon Merritt and a relay of three tankers feeding Emerald pumper was established to bring water from the nearest hydrant, nearly a kilometer away. Fortunately a reliable water supply was quickly established.

Four BA teams conducted an external attack for initial knockdown and conducted limited internal attack due to the century old timber floor collapsing in places. Falling roof structure also made the job risky, one extension of the house was already on the ground upon arrival. The job did put some stress on members, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries at the blaze.

Bayswater BA provided refills to the BA crews and also had to be set up at the base of the 500 meter driveway, due to a combination of rough conditions and tight parking on the property. Crews had another issue as well, with the asbestos cladding all BA crews and those working near the house participated in the asbestos decontamination operation conducted out of Emerald’s new salvage.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

This is a timely reminder for everyone to make sure that they have a working smoke alarm and coincides with the weekend's CFA & MFB joint message of "Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery".

Station under siege

From the Free Press Leader (2011)

CFA peppered with bullets and rocks

VANDALS have fired shots through walls and drilled holes into a newly laid water pipe in a series of vicious attacks at a volunteer hills fire brigade. The Macclesfield CFA station has endured a horror 18 months of senseless violence leaving volunteers and the local police baffled as to why anyone would want to target them. The latest incident was discovered last Saturday morning, with a newly laid water pipe outside the station drilled into. Monbulk Sen-Constable Peter Edyvane said six holes had been deliberately drilled into the pipe, by someone possibly using a rechargeable drill.

The pipe had been laid by a tradesman who had donated his time to help the brigade move a fire hydrant closer to the station. Sen-Constable Edyvane said someone had gone out of their way to cause the damage. ”Why on earth would anybody want to do that to a volunteer fire brigade” Sen-Constable Edyvane said.

This latest attack may be connected to a series of incidents that has plagued the station for the past year and a half. Sen-Constable Edyvane said someone had used a .22 rifle to shoot out an outside light at the station two months ago. Brigade captain Sharon Merritt said the shooter had taken several shots at the light, with three bullets going through the wall of the station.

Mrs. Merritt said if someone had been inside at the time they could have been hit. Other incidents include fuses being stolen from the fuse box and rocks being thrown at the outside lights.

Mrs. Merritt said the brigade members had no idea who would want to target them and their new building, which is only 12 months old.

CFA volunteer receives "000" award

Posted by CFA Media

Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Macclesfield Fire Brigade volunteer Paul Rothville has been rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the emergency services and the community by receiving the Rotary "000" Award last night.

The award is to recognize not only people who are good at their "000" jobs, but also contribute to the community.

Paul has been an active member of the brigade for the past eight years.

He's attended many local fires and incidents including the Emerald Golf Course fire on Black Saturday and the more recent Stewart Road fire, as well as extended duty on many campaign fires and strike teams, including Kinglake and more recently the Black Saturday fires.

Within the fire brigade, Paul has also been responsible for several roles including the OH&S facilitator, a representative for Volunteer Fire Brigades of Victoria and a brigade procurement facilitator where Paul worked tirelessly to secure donations for essential training equipment and other materials valued at $4000.

Paul is also very involved with other community activities. He assists with the football training for the under 18s Dandenong Stingrays, is on the Macclesfield School Committee, has the Public Officer role for the Macclesfield Community Hall Committee and is also on the social committee at his work, IBM.

As well as being a firefighter in the brigade, Paul Rothville's contribution to the more mundane tasks of attending meetings and administrative work have made a significant difference to the brigade's morale, knowledge and skills.

Despite Paul spending much of his time with various organizations, he always has time for his granddaughter - to bring her up into a loving and community-minded environment.

Top gong for Macclesfield Captain

Posted by CFA Media

Wednesday, 06 July 2011

Macclesfield Brigade Captain Sharon Merritt was presented with the National Medal at the brigade’s annual presentation night on Saturday.

The medal recognizes long and diligent service by members of recognized organizations that help the community during times of crisis.

Sharon also received her 15-year service award, which she was expecting, but was very surprised when she was presented with the prestigious medal.

”When I saw my family, close friends and (CFA board member) Tunde Meikle, I wondered what was going on," she said.

I had planned for a quiet, straightforward night but did not expect this.

"I was surprised, but also very honored to receive the award."

Sharon joined Macclesfield Fire Brigade in 1996 and became Captain in 2003. She has been fighting local fires and leading crews in strike teams in many incidents including the Ferny creek fires, Longford gas explosion, the Sydney fires, the Black Saturday fires, and the Shepparton floods.

Sharon is also a Fire Investigator - determining the causes of many wildfire, structure and vehicle fires. She also delivers training and assessment for other brigades.

Recently Sharon managed to help the Brigade get a new Nissan Ultra-light tanker, which means fire fighters without truck licenses can quickly turnout to incidents. She also worked tirelessly to get the brigade a new station.

(With Phil Spencer - 2nd LT. Macclesfield Fire Brigade)

Knox torchlight success

Posted by Martin Anderson CFA Member

Wednesday, 09 March 2011

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has spoken about what it means to be a volunteer during an address at the Knox Torchlight Parade.

Euan said during the recent floods members from Rochester brigade, who were guests at the parade, had shown the sacrifice and leadership that the community has come to expect from CFA volunteers.

Ferntree Gully firefighter Graham Crichton said around 400 firefighters and volunteers from the SES took part in the parade which was led by the CFA Chief Officer.

"It was a really positive night – there is no doubt about it. It was great weather and it ran really smoothly.

”We hold the torchlight every second year. The last one was after the 2009 fires and there was record attendance, but I think there were just as many people lining the streets and the oval as 2009”.

”It is an excellent representation of brigades, their dedication, strength and the public's show of appreciation”.

”I think everyone would have been proud to march. Firefighters are proud to be part of CFA . It shows that CFA is a part of the community”.

”It is the community aspect that keeps CFA unique and workable”.

Knox MP Nick Wakeling said he was proud that the CFA Volunteer Charter was being enshrined in law by the new State Government.

Participating CFA brigades / SES units: Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Montrose, Scoresby, the Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave, Macclesfield, Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Wallan, Rochester, Doreen Juniors, Somerville, Cribb Point, Frankston, Phillip Island, Selby, Belgrave Heights and South, Cockatoo and Knox SES.

Recruits' training day

Posted by Tim Drewitt CFA Member

Monday, 01 November 2010

On Sunday 24th October, Ranges group recruits came down the hill to the Silvan aqueduct for a crash course in draughting.

Twenty five new recruits, along with 5 tankers from Belgrave, Silvan, Macclesfield and Sassafrass, enabled the recruits to try their hand on a range of different appliances.

The weather was perfect, and a great day was had by all. The open aqueduct provided a great training venue, with plenty of space for the trucks and crews to move about.

Crews were able to move from one truck to the next and learn the little differences between draughting on each appliance.

Macclesfield Fire Station Opening

Posted by Karina Walton CFA Member

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

The new Macclesfield Fire Station was officially opened on Sunday 22nd August 2010 by Minister for Police & Emergency Services, Bob Cameron.

This historic event was shared with the Macclesfield brigade, official guests & members of the community.

The brigade recently received an Ultra Light Tanker, through CFAs Capital Works Program. Minister, Bob Cameron gladly handed over the keys to a very excited Captain.

The new building consists of three large engine bays, a meeting room, separate kitchen, office, storage room and an area for BA, apparatus & communication equipment. It also has provisions for three large appliances including the 3.4D tanker, 1.4 Tanker and an Ultra Light Tanker. The new facility will not only benefit the brigade it will provide greater support for the Macclesfield Community.

The weather was certainly in their favor for this important day. The sunshine was also enjoyed by two horses munching on hay in their new corral. Captain Sharon Merritt & members had recently constructed this and hoped that it would be finished before the official opening.

It would have to be one of the first Fire Stations to have a corral next to their station. This has blended into the environment and is well suited to the Macclesfield community.

The Community Church in Macclesfield supplied afternoon tea for all guests at the end of the proceedings; this was certainly enjoyed by all.

Overall it was a very successful day, brigade members should be very proud of the hard work put in and what they have achieved.

Well done,

Karina Walton

BASO

Dandenong Ranges Group

District 13