As we say goodbye to another Financial Year here is some of what has happened in the last 12 months.

We need to start by saying a BIG WELL DONE to our community. We have all done a great job in the last 12 months with no significant fires or houses or lives lost in our Brigade area! This is a great job and shows we are all preparing our homes and properties year round to ensure no fires or emergencies occur and that we are driving safely on our roads. Here is a bit of what we have been up to in the last 12 months;

-We attended 134 Fires and Incidents (64 were in our Brigade area)
– We met our “Service Delivery Standard” 100% of the time with allot of help from neighbouring brigades, in particular Kyneton and Taradale
– We ran 2 “Fire Ready” events
– We organised the “Malmsbury Show and Shine” which brought hundreds of visitors to town
– We conducted over 20 “Property Advice Visits” to at-risk properties
– We produced and distributed a Brigade Calendar with a focus on community education
– We participated in “The Rural Challenge Gender Equality Program” and are implementing an action plan to improve the diversity in our brigade
– We attended training every Tuesday night and every Sunday morning conducted asset and station maintenance
– We were finalists in the Macedon Ranges Business Excellence awards
-We organised a Womens Networking Event
– Our Brigade Support and Fundraising Team met throughout the year to plan events and raise funds for the brigade
– We hosted community groups at the station on a weekly basis
-We provide over 200 lunches for visiting Classic Cars as part of “The Grand Tour”
-We worked with our great colleagues at Forest Fire Management at a Fuel Reduction burn in Drummond/Denver
-We ran a BBQ and FireReady stall at the Malmsbury Fayre
– We built on our capability through government grants and a special allocation from the State Government, including a new Hi-Lux Support Vehicle and Trailer. Later this year we will take possession of a new Medium Tanker which will sit beside our new Heavy Tanker.
– There were over 800 individual member attendances by our 25 firefighters at the 134 fires and incidents averaging about 6 members per call

The next 12 months is going to be exciting as we build on our operational capability, diversity,, community education and engagement.

We are 35 members who love what we do and there is a role for everyone from the community. All we ask is that you want to help your community, live the CFA values and we provide the rest, which is a fun time and a fulfilling volunteering opportunity (And of course Nationally recognised training, uniform and equipment!)

If you are interested feel free to drop down of a Sunday morning or a Tuesday night at 7.00pm. CFA (Country Fire Authority) CFA Chief Officer Mary-Anne Thomas MP The Rural Challenge Gender Equality Leadership Program CFA District 2 Forest Fire Management Victoria

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