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2013

Tue 24th Dec Yo! Ho, ho, ho...
Santa, back out there on Christmas Eve 2013 in the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek. Photo gallery...
Sat 14th Dec Carols on the Mountain returns (this time without the rain!)
Hundreds turned iut for the annual Carols on the Mountain community event. It was chilly, but this couldn't weaken the spirit... nor the demand for Santa at the end! Photo gallery...
Wed 4th Dec Dandenong Ranges Community Bank donates thermal imaging camera to brigade
Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group manager Luan Hanlen tonight presented the brigade with a FLIR thermal imaging camera. The camera, accepted by brigade captain John Schauble, was one of 14 presented to brigades across the Dandenong Ranges to the value of more than $60,000. The camera will further enhance the brigade's capability in the use of thermal imaging for fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Our sincere appreciation to our local Bendigo Bank operators for this fantastic contribution!
Sun 1st Dec Carols on the Mountain... it's back!
Carols on the Mountain returns to the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve on Saturday, 14 December. The event, first staged in 2005, is a popular fixture on the local calendar - despite some bad luck over the years with the weather! Unfortunately last year's Carols had to be cancelled altogether due to predicted severe storms, so this year we're is back with a vengeance! Performers will include Tecoma Sing Australia, Southern Voices, Richard Wilson, choirs from the Sassafras and Ferny Creek Primary Schools and the Upwey High School Concert Band.

As an added bonus there will be plenty of activities and information for both adults and children. And being so close to Christmas, Santa will probably be making an appearance!

Brigade Captain John Schauble said the event celebrated Christmas and community in the hills. "It's a great opportunity to come together and reflect on the year past and the new one to come," he said. "It's also a chance for us to thank the community for their support over the year," Mr Schauble said. Hosted and organised by the brigade, the event connects a range of community groups. The reserve will open at 6.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. The event is alcohol free. There will be a sausage sizzle, with soft drinks, glow sticks and balls, and carol booklets also available for purchase. Parking will be available in the nearby Ferny Creek Horticultural Society.
Mon 21st Oct Sassafras-Ferny Creek tanker deployed to NSW fires
Sassafras-Ferny Creek Tanker 1, crewed by brigade members Lieutenant Paul Hicks and Firefighter John Schurink together with others from across the Dandenong Ranges Group, headed to NSW tonight to assist with firefighting efforts there. The truck has been sent as part of a District 13 Strike Team of heavy tankers. The crew will be away until the end of the week. We wish them safe travels and a speedy return.
Sat 12th Oct Accolades for two brigade members
Sassafras-Ferny Creek Brigade members Alan Potts and Bob Horner were today presented with life membership of the Dandenong Ranges Fire Brigades Group. Alan, a 30-year veteran of the brigade and Bob, with just shy of an extraordinary 60 years of service, were honoured at a Group function this evening. Both have served as Deputy Group Officers of the DRFBG and given a lifetime of service to our brigade, the CFA and our community. Our warmest congratulations to them both.


Above: Alan Potts


Above (L-R): Group Chairman Mark Lane, Bob Horner, Group Officer Rod Stebbing
Wed 25rd Sep Fire safe cycling in the Dandenongs
The three “ridge top” CFA brigades of have joined to help cyclists better understand the risks of cycling in the hills on days of high fire danger. More... (icon 120KB)
Sun 22nd Sep Brigade members honoured for service in 2009 bushfires
Seventeen current and former brigade members have been awarded the National Emergency Medal in recognition of service during the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Eleven of the recipients attended a presentation ceremony today at which 170 volunteers and staff from the Dandenong Ranges Group were presented with their medals. More... (icon 166KB)

Above: La Trobe MHR-elect Jason Wood chats with current and former brigade members and their families after the presentation ceremony.
Fri 23rd Aug Brigade service acknowledged
The 2012-13 summer season was an indication of the “new normal” for Victorian firefighters, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley told around 60 members and guests at the Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade's annual dinner on 23 August. A number of members were honoured with service awards. More... (icon 10KB)
Mon 8th Apr Fire restrictions to be lifted on Mon, 15 April
CFA fire restrictions will be lifted at 1am on Monday 15 April in Yarra Ranges Shire. Please exercise extreme care when burning off. Only do so when conditions are appropriate and in accordance with the provisions of the local by-laws.
Sun 31st Mar Smoke alarms save lives ... and it's time to check yours!
  • Only working smoke alarms save lives.
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks on Sunday 7 April.
  • Victoria's fire services recommend long-lasting alkaline batteries for smoke alarms.
  • Australian and New Zealand fire services recommend photoelectric smoke alarms.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms regularly.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on each level of your house and one in every bedroom where someone sleeps with the door closed.
  • We're unlikely to smell smoke when asleep (our sense of smell lessens when we're asleep) – a working smoke alarm is needed to wake people in your house if there's smoke or a fire.
  • Smoke alarms have a 10-year life so you need to replace each alarm after a decade. The date of manufacture and/or replacement is displayed on the alarm.
  • Choose a smoke alarm that meets Australian Standards.
  • Building regulations state that every home in Victoria must have a smoke alarm complying with Australian Standard AS3786.
  • Most fatal fires occur in the home and can be prevented.
  • Plan and practise your home fire escape plan with your family.
  • Get out, stay out and call 000 (triple zero).
Only Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives... (icon 708KB)
Wed 20th Feb House destroyed by fire in Mast Gully Road
A house in Mast Gully Road, Ferny Creek was completely destroyed by fire around lunchtime on 20 February. The house was totally ablaze by the time the first firefighters arrived and despite best efforts there was little that could be saved. The resident was home at the time but escaped uninjured. Firefighters and vehicles from Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Upwey, Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave, Olinda, Bayswater and Yellingbo attended the fire.
Wed 6th Feb House fire at Tecoma
A crew from Sassafras-Ferny Creek turned out to support the Belgrave brigade at a house fire in Francis Street, Tecoma on Wednesday afternoon. Working in extremely hot external conditions, crews took around 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. Also in attendance were fire vehicles and personnel from Upwey, Belgrave South, Bayswater and Yellingbo.
Sun 3rd Feb Hundreds enjoy the Ridge Top Brigades Family Fun and Information Day
"It was a hoot", said CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, one of around 700 people who attended the second Ridge Top Brigades Family Fun and Information Day at Olinda. Loads of information about bushfire preparedness was available, with visitors being given a red bucket to fill with giveaways and the reminder that it might be their only "fire truck" in the event of a major bushfire. Jumping castles, rides, face painting, the Balloon Man and a host of other activities were available for the kids, with emergency service vehicles from most of the key local agencies on hand - plus the giant Dandenong CFA "platform". Also in attendance on the day were Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley, Deputy CFA Chief Steve Warrington, CFA Regional Director Dave Baker, local Federal MPS Laura Smythe and Tony Smith, Yarra Ranges mayor Jim Childs and Councillor Noel Cliff.
Photo gallery and Media Release... (icon 100KB)...
Sun 27th Jan Second deployment to Heyfield
Sassafras Tanker 1 and a crew of Sassafras and Clematis volunteers have returned safely from a second two-day deployment to the Aberfeldy fire in Gippsland as part of a regional strike team of heavy tankers. The truck was originally scheduled for a four-day stay, but this was cut short due to benign weather conditions and decreased fire behaviour. The crew was engaged in patrolling in and around Heyfield township.
Sun 20th Jan Gippsland fire
Sassafras Tanker 1 and crew have returned safely from a two-day deployment to the Aberfeldy fire in Gippsland as part of a regional strike team of heavy tankers. The composite crew of Sassafras-Ferny Creek and Monbulk members worked around Seaton, Heyfield and Coongulla, returning around 1am this morning. The truck was fully checked and restowed this morning.
Sat 12th Jan Fire Ready meeting next Saturday
How ready are you for a bushfire? It's not too late to start preparing, making a fire plan and taking steps to ensure you and your family know what to do in the event of a bushfire in the local area. There's plenty of information and assistance available and always more to learn! Come along to the next community Fire Ready meeting to be held at the Fire Station in Clarkmont Road, Sassafras at 2pm on Saturday 19 January. Also, feel free to drop in at the fire station any time members are in attendance if you have questions.
Tue 1st Jan Fun and Information Day on again!
Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Kalorama and Olinda brigades will join forces again this summer to hold a Ridge Top Brigades Family Fun and Information Day at the Olinda Hall, Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda on Sunday 3rd February 2013 from 10am - 4pm. Lots to see and do for the kids (jumping castle, competitions, giveaways) plus the latest fire trucks and other emergency servcies vehicles. Loads of information on preparing you propoerty and planning for bushfire. And it's all free! More... (icon 424KB)

2012

Tue 25th Dec Snooty Fox restaurant destroyed by fire
Despite the efforts of the Olinda, Sassafras-Ferny Creek and Kalorama-Mt Dandenong brigades, the Snooty Fox restaurant in Olinda was destroyed by a fire that broke out late on Christmas Day. The premises were fully involved by the time brigades arrived. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Bayswater and Upwey brigades provided specialist support (BA, thermal imaging camera). More...
Mon 24th Dec Santa struts his stuff...
The big bloke in red was back on the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek on Christmas Eve. Photo gallery...
Thu 20th Dec Fire restrictions in force from 7th January 2013
Learn more about the fire restrictions that will soon apply in Yarra Ranges.
More... (icon 93KB)
Sat 15th Dec New Fire Danger Index maps
The Bureau of Meteorology is producing Forest and Grass Fire Danger Index maps or the whole of the state. These replace the station point FDIs formerly available to the public. Go to our Links page or click here.
Thu 1313 Dec Carols on th Mountain cancelled
Due to the poor weather conditions predicted for this weekend, the brigade regrets to announce that Carols on the Mountain 2012 has been cancelled.
Mon 3rd Dec Talking about the coming summer

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley and Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade captain John Schauble talk to Fairfax Regional Media about the coming summer and the risks for the unwary. More...

Mon 26th Nov Still time to prepare for the summer ahead

Victoria faces an elevated fire risk this summer, with less rainfall predicted than the last two years and ample fuel, especially in the grasslands. CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade captain John Schauble and Ferny Creek resident Amanda Honeybone feature in this Ten News report.

Sun 25th Nov Fire Ready Meetings and Family Fun and Information Day

Fire Ready Victoria community meetings will be held in the brigade area on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm at the fire station, 21 Clarkmont Rd, Sassafras and on Saturday 19th January 2013 at 2pm, also at the fire station. For information about other community meetings nearby, see here.

Family Fun and Information Day
Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Kalorama and Olinda brigades will join forces again this summer to hold a Ridge Top Brigades Family Fun and Information Day a the Olinda Hall, Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda on Sunday 3rd February 2013 from 10am - 4pm. Lots to see and do for the kids (jumping castle, competitions, giveaways) plus the latest fire trucks and other emergency servcies vehicles. Loads of information on preparing you propoerty and planning for bushfire. And it's all free!

Sun 25th Nov Community Alert Sirens

All CFA brigade sirens in the Dandenongs are part of a pilot program to trial the use of sirens for alerting communities to all types of hazards and emergencies, including bushfire. You need to understand what it means when you hear a siren sound in future. More... (icon 434KB)

Sun 25th Nov Carols on the Mountain

Join us on Saturday 15th December 2012 at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve for the annual Carols on the Mountain spectacular! Gates open at 6:30pm, singing starts at 7.30pm! Details...

Fri 23rd Nov Normal doesn't apply in a bushfire season

No matter how benign Victorian summers might seem, every one brings deadly potential, writes brigade captain John Schauble in the Herald Sun. More... (icon 499KB)

Sun 11th Nov CFA Sunday at Sassafras, 25th November

Sassafras-Ferny Creek Brigade will be opening our doors to the community on Sunday 25 November between 10am – 1pm as part of CFA Sunday. Brigade members will be on hand at the station, with a range of information available, giveaways for the children and a free sausage sizzle.

It will be a great opportunity for members of the public to meet the volunteers who work hard to keep their community safe, and have valuable face-to-face conversations about fire safety.

“We'll be available to answer people's questions on fire safety and volunteering, with some specific information about the local bushfire risk,” said Brigade Captain John Schauble.

CFA Sunday first began in 2011, with hundreds of brigades opening their stations up to their local community. The day is a chance for Victorians to have fun with CFA members, and for CFA brigades to unite.

CFA Sunday will be the finale of Fire Action Week, which runs from 18 – 25 November. Visit the CFA's CFA Sunday page for more information and to see which other brigades are taking part. More... (icon 56KB)

Thu 20th Sep Community Fire Refuge update
Some local media reports noting the release of the Community Fire Refuges pilot at Ferny Creek Primary School contain a degree of inaccuracy. The school site has never been subject to the passage of a fire front. Indeed, the school was last threatened by fire in 1898, when the landscape was somewhat different, and it was located on the other side of the road. However, like all parts of Ferny Creek, the site is subject to ember attack. For this reason it has been subject to detailed scrutiny and assessment. The site has been assessed by both Fire Safety Officers and a highly qualified expert panel of fire engineers, fire scientists and operational fire personnel. The brigade would not have agreed to participate in the trial if we were not satisfied with the basic safety of the site. The site is not intended to be a refuge for the entire Dandenongs Ranges. Common sense dictates that it will mainly be for the use of the school community and those people living it its immediate proximity. If you have any queries about the pilot, please feel free to contact us: captain@sassafrascfa.org
Thu 13th Sep Brigade backs refuges pilot
The brigade will work with State and local government to pilot a community fire refuge at the Ferny Creek Primary School.
Press Release (icon 117KB)
Tue 11th Sep I could never be a firefighter
By Sarah Krumins (Sassafras and Ferny Creek brigade)

Having lived through the Ferny Creek bushfires in January 1997, I had become scared stiff of fire.

As the summers came and went I would be walking around the house constantly looking for smoke, smelling for smoke, living in constant fear. Some days I would even be in tears when I heard the local brigade's siren.

I remember saying after the 1997 fires that I could never be a firefighter. Then one day, a copy of Firebreak (our local brigade's publication) arrived in my letterbox asking for auxiliary members. I joined as an auxiliary member willing to make the brave firefighters meals and refreshments.

The more I attended the brigade the more I became hooked. I did the fireground safety course so I could deliver meals to firefighters on the fireground and before I knew it I became operational.

My first operational experience came along when I rocked up to the brigade for training, as I had done for the past few months. The siren went off and I thought they were testing the siren. “Hurry up, get in,” everyone was saying, and the next thing I knew we were out the door with lights and sirens, and my palms were sweating.

We were turning out to a grass and scrub fire in the national park. It was too late to tell them I couldn't do this and, being a typical woman, the thought crossed my mind that I should have gone to the toilet first.

Everyone was supportive and all the training I'd done was put into action.

That turnout changed my life. It was the point in my life when that arsonist hadn't got the better of me.

I have now been with the Sassafras and Ferny Creek brigade for five years. I'm secretary and fifth lieutenant of the brigade as well as head of the Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group.

I really encourage anyone who is living in fear in the bush to give their local brigade a go. The skills, friends and knowledge you gain are better than living in fear.

(This story was first published on CFA Connect)


Picture shows Sarah in action at a recent house fire in Tecoma.

Sat 1st Sep Seasonal outlook for bushfire in south-eastern Australia released
The Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre has released its predictive assessment of the 2012-13 bushfire season. It indicates Victoria can anticipate an average fire season, although key grassland areas such as the Mallee, Wimmera and the South West may develop adverse fire conditions. Parts of Western Australia and NSW can expect above average bushfire potertial. More...
Fri 22nd Jun Brigade members honoured for service
A number of members were honoured at the brigade annual dinner for their service to CFA and the local community through CFA Service Awards. Acting CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington and Acting District 13 Operations Manager Colin Brown presented awards to Firefighter Rowan Smith (5 years), Lieutenant Jeff Harbourd (5 years) and Lieutenant Sarah Krumins (5 years). Firefighter Norm English received a 10 year service medal, while Firefighter Tim Gane, Firefighter Debbie Leticq-Cromb and Brigade Member Jenny Adam all received medals marking 15 years of service. In addition to the service awards, merit awards marking significant individual contributions to the brigade over the past year were also announced to Daniel Dempsey (Firefighter of the Year) and to Lyndy Jewell (Officers' Award).
Sun 11th Mar Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery on Sunday 1st April
It's that time of year again… as summer and daylight saving come to an end, it's time to make sure household smoke alarms are in good working order. If you have a battery operated alarm, now is the time to replace the battery. Working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms have a limited life. The date of manufacture and/or replacement is displayed on the alarm. Replace each alarm after 10 years. Building regulations state that every home in Victoria must have a smoke alarm complying with Australian Standard AS3786. Only choose a smoke alarm that meets standard. CFA urges all householders to replace or supplement their existing ionisation smoke alarms with photo-electric alarms. Ensure you and your family have and practise a Home Fire Escape Plan. For more information: www.changeyourbattery.com.au or www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Sat 10th Mar Fire restrictions to end on 19th March
Fire restrictions across the Yarra Ranges Shire, which includes the townships of Sassafras, Ferny Creek, Sherbrooke and Tremont will end at 1am on Monday, 19th March. Restrictions will also cease in the neighbouring municipality of Knox, which includes areas such as The Basin and Ferntree Gully, on this date.
Sun 5th Feb Only one person can save you from a bushfire
Survival in a bushfire depends upon learning, thinking and planning around the risk. It's not just a shared responsibility but a shared obligation. What we do as individuals is central to bushfire safety, writes brigade captain John Schauble in The Sunday Age. Read more...
Wed 25th Jan Are we underprepared for bushfire?
Many residents in the Dandenong Ranges residents may not have done enough to prepare for bushfire this summer, according to a Ten News report. Interviews with Sassafras-Ferny Creek Captain John Schauble and local Community Fireguard group leader Lyn Witt. View...
Mon 23rd Jan Don't Wait and See
An excellent short video on the issues associated with living in a high bushfire risk area, in this case Warrandyte. Well worth a look. View...
Mon 23rd Jan Fire Restrictions Now in Force!
Fire restrictions are now in force across the Yarra Ranges Shire, following the commencement of the Fire Danger Period from 1am today. Restrictions will remain in place until 1am 1st May, 2012 unless revoked earlier.
Sun 15th Jan Loads of information ... and some fun stuff too!
Around 200 residents attended the joint Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Kalorama-Mt Dandenong and Olinda brigades family information and fun day at the Olinda hall. Read more (icon 108KB) and photo gallery...
Sun 9th Jan Don't forget our Family Information and Fun Day!
Join teams from the Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Kalorama-Mt Dandenong and Olinda fire brigades at our Information and Family Fun Day at the Olinda Community Hall, cnr Olinda-Monbulk Rd and The Georgian, on Sunday 15 January, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. Representatives from other emergency agencies will also be in attendance. Plenty of activities for the kids, plus lots of good information for the grown ups!
Sat 8th Jan Dog rescue ends with a wag
The brigade was called out to assist in an unusual night time rescue of a Labrador dog in Sassafras. The pooch was trapped after it fell more than two metres down a hole dug as part of foundation footings for a house extension. An experienced animal rescuer extricated the dog, which had been missing for around 24 hours, with the brigade providing lighting and manual lifting support.

2011

Sat 24th Dec Ho, ho ho … it's that big red suited bloke again!
Santa stalked the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek on Christmas Eve, bringing season’s greetings from the brigade to one and all. Photo gallery...
Sun 11th Dec Carols on the Mountain 2011
Not quite the night of nights we were hoping for ... but it almost wouldn't be Carols unless the rain came! This year we only managed to get through about half the program before it was deemed too dangerous to continue. Despite the weather, a large crowd toughed it out to the end in true Hill style. Thanks to MC Suzanne Johnston, performers from the Youth Chorale, Tecoma Sing Australia Choir, choirs from the Ferny Creek, Sassafras and Mount Dandenong Primary Schools and the combined Upwey and Monbulk high school bands. Photo gallery...
Tue 22nd Nov Carols on the Mountain
The annual Carols on the Mountain spectacular is on again! Join us on Saturday 10th December at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve. Gates open at 6:30pm, singing starts at 7.30pm! Details... (icon 814KB)
Sun 20th Nov Life saving equipment
The brigade has acquired two defibrillators... equipment it hopes never to use. More... (icon 114KB)
Sat 5th Nov CFA Sunday, 20 November 2011
The Sassafras-Ferny Creek fire station, along with hundreds of others across Victoria, will throw its doors open to the public on Sunday 20 November 2011. There will be an all day free sausage sizzle, the chance to look over the vehicles and seek advice on bushfire and home fire safety. Bring along the whole family and see how we roll!
Sat 5th Nov Upcoming bushfire preparedness events in our area
There will be two Fire Ready community meetings in the brigade area this summer:
  • Thursday 12 January, 2012 at 7.30pm – Fire Station, Clarkmont Rd, Sassafras
  • Tuesday 17 January, 2012 at 7.30pm – Ferny Creek Primary School, School Rd, Ferny Creek
Information and Family Fun Day
The Sassafras-Ferny Creek, Kalorama-Mt Dandenong and Olinda fire brigades are combining to hold an Information and Family Fun Day at the Olinda Community Hall, cnr Olinda-Monbulk Rd and The Georgian on Sunday 15 January, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. Representatives from other emergency agencies will also be in attendance.
Wed 2nd Nov Bill Burnett 1935-2011
Remembering a friend and colleague. More... (icon 379KB)
Sun 25th Sep Juniors to celebrate 40th anniversary
The Junior Brigade is set to celebrate 40 years of activity and everyone is welcome to come along. More... (icon 107KB)
Sat 17th Sep An honour for Bill
Long-serving brigade member Bill Burnett was recently presented with a medal marking 40 years service. More... (icon 319KB)
Fri 3rd Jun Fire Services Commissioner visits
Victoria's Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley spoke about some of the challenges facing his new office at the annual brigade dinner, where a number of members were honoured for service. More... (icon 104KB)
Sat 26th Mar Change your clock, change your smoke alarm battery
Remember to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks back for the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday, April 3.

For more information about smoke alarms visit www.changeyourbattery.com.au
Sat 26th Mar Learning about fire
Around 70 Community Fireguard members from across the southern Dandenongs attended practical demonstrations of bushfire behaviour at the Sassafras-Ferny Creek fire station earlier this month. Using a simulator developed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment, CFA Instructor Brett Wagstaff showed how fire spread is affected by factors such as slope, wind, fuel type and spotting. The simulator is normally used as part of firefighter training by DSE.


CFA Instructor Brett Wagstaff demonstrates fire spread using the simulator.
Sun 6th Feb Flood response
Brigade volunteers Jeff Harbourd, Alan Potts and Simon Neill have been involved in CFA's response to the Victorian floods in support of the Victoria State Emergency Service. All three have travelled with strike teams to the state's north-west as part of the clean up and recovery efforts.
Sun 30th Jan Community Fireguard Network Meeting
More than 50 local CFG members attended a network meeting at the fire station of groups from across Sassafras and Ferny Creek. Unfortunately, the hot conditions precluded the use of the DSE fire simulator, so this is being rescheduled for a later date. The gathering provided an opportunity to meet members from other groups, swap idea and stories.
Sat 8th Jan Fire Ready Meeting
It’s been a benign summer so far, but that can change pretty quickly. Preparing for bushfire needs to occur every summer, no matter how “safe” it seems. The next community bushfire meeting will be held at the Fire Station on Sunday 16th January 2011 at 3pm. All welcome.

2010

Fri 24th Dec Santa seen stalking the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek!
Yes, the bearded man in red was at it again, riding though the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek with his elves on the back of the big red truck. Photo gallery...
Sun 12th Dec Carols on the Mountain 2010
The rain held off... well almost... as around 500 people joined our very own local opera star Suzanne Johnston, performers from the Hart School of Dance, the National Youth Chorale, Tecoma Sing Australia Choir, the Swiss Matterhorn Yodel Choirs, choirs from the Ferny Creek, Sassafras and Mount Dandenong Primary Schools and the combined Upwey and Monbulk high school bands for another spectacular Carols on the Mountain at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve. Photo gallery...
Sat 20th Nov Carols on the Mountain
It’s on again! The annual Carols on the Mountain spectacular is back. Join us on Saturday 11th December at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve. Gates open at 6:30pm, singin’ starts at 7.30pm!
Tue 16th Nov Fire Ready meetings
Local Fire Ready Meetings will be held at the Sassafras Primary School on Monday 29th November at 7.30pm, the Ferny Creek Primary School on Wednesday 1st December at 7.30pm and at the Fire Station on Sunday 16th January 2011 at 3pm. All welcome. Other meetings will be held nearby in coming weeks and again locally over summer. Check the CFA website for details.
Mon 15th Nov ABC Fire Awareness Day 2010
Brigade captain John Schauble talked to Derek Guille on the ABC Drive program about a range of community safety issues and outcomes from the recent Royal Commission. The broadcast , from the Mt Dandenong Hotel, included a range of guests from the fire services, fire research field and the local community.
Sun 1st Aug Getting out early is still the best way to survive
The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has endorsed the fundamental truths behind “stay or go”, writes brigade captain John Schauble in The Sunday Age. Read more...
Mon 5th Jul Honoured for service
One of the brigade's most respected members has been honoured for four decades of service to CFA. More... (icon 133KB)
Sun 30th May No easy answers
Scrapping stay or go won’t guarantee safety for people in fire-prone areas, writes brigade captain John Schauble in The Sunday Age. Read more...
Mon 15th Mar Fire restrictions to end on 22nd March
CFA fire restrictions will end throughout the Shire of Yarra Ranges, including Sassafras and Ferny Creek, at 1am on 22nd March, 2010. Shire of Yarra Ranges local laws apply to burning off in the open. For more information about the local laws, contact the Shire of Yarra Ranges on 1300 368333. Media Release (icon 21KB)
Sun 7th Feb February 2009 fires remembered
Members of the local brigade marked the first anniversary of the 7 February 2009 bushfires by lowering the station flags to half-mast and observing one minute’s silence at midday.
Sun 7th Feb Living with fire means facing up to our failings
Victorians must still learn to live with bushfire, writes brigade captain John Schauble in ‘The Sunday Age’. Read more…
Thu 4th Feb House fire extensively damages Sassafras home
Three units from Sassafras-Ferny Creek, along with crews from Olinda, Upwey and Kallista attended a house fire in The Cresent shortly after 10am. Three rooms of the home were destroyed. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Sun 31st Jan Brigade responds to Emerald fires
A tanker from Sassafras-Ferny Creek was tasked to attend a 4 ha grass and scrub fire at Emerald as part of a strike team assembled by the Dandenong Ranges Group. The fire was quickly brought under control.
Mon 11th Jan Two small fires on first TFB for 2010
CFA crews from Sassafras, Olinda and Upwey, together with Parks Victoria/DSE, attended a small fire in the national park at One Tree Hill. The fire, which burned 0.1 ha, was contained within a few minutes. Another small fire caused by arcing powerlines at Sherbrooke was also quickly contained.

2009

Thu 24th Dec Ho Ho Who?
Spotted on the streets of Sassafras and Ferny Creek on the night before Christmas, a mysterious man in red! Photo gallery...
Fri 18th Dec Young Driver Award
Brigade member Alannah Stevens is the proud recipient of a 2009 Anthony and Travis Hall Memorial Driver Education Award. The award commemorates the lives of two junior members of the Upwey Fire Brigade who were tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident at Cockatoo in 1995. 18-year-old Alannah joined our brigade as a junior member in 2002. The scholarship provides the opportunity for young people to participate in car control training courses.
Sat 12th Dec Carols on the Mountain 2009
More than 500 people joined soloists Juliette and Geraldine Hughes, the Dandenong Ranges Sing Australia choir, the National Youth Chorale, choirs from Sassafras, Ferny Creek, Olinda and Mt Dandenong primary schools, combined Upwey and Monbulk high school bands for another spectacular Carols on the Mountain at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve. Photo gallery...
Tue 24th Nov Carols on the Mountain
It’s back! The annual Carols on the Mountain spectacular is back. Join us on December 12 at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve. Flyer (icon 830KB) and Press Release (icon 45KB)
Thu 19th Nov Fire restrictions in Yarra Ranges
CFA Yarra Area has recommended, pending publication in the Government Gazette, that fire restrictions for the Shire of Yarra Ranges come into force on Monday 14th December 2009. More... (icon 27KB)
Sat 31st Oct Fire Ready meetings... here’s a list
Around 80 people attended the first local Fire Ready meeting held in the brigade area last Wednesday night at the Horticultural Society. Several more meetings will be held in the brigade area and in nearby communities over the coming months. For list of upcoming local meetings, click here. (icon 74KB)
For a comprehensive listing, visit the CFA website.
Wed 28th Oct Planned burns for Sassafras and Ferny Creek
DSE is planning two small fuel reduction burns in Wannawong Rd, Sassafras and Hilton Rd, Ferny Creek tomorrow (28 October), weather permitting. More.... (icon 35KB)
Sat 17th Oct Fire Ready meeting
Our first local Fire Ready Meeting for the year will be held at the Ferny Creek Horticultural Society hall on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm All welcome. Other meetings will be held nearby in coming weeks and again locally over summer. Check the CFA website for details.
Sat 17th Oct Check out the new CFA bushfire safety publications
A suite of updated bushfire information has been produced by CFA ahead of the coming summer. This includes some really useful planning templates and a detailed self-assessment tool to help you identify the level of risk your at property. Printed copies of this will be available soon, but in the meantime check it out online!
Fri 16th Oct In the red zone
Blunt language and a new ‘code red’ warning are only part of the answer, writes Selma Milovanovic in The Age. More....
Thu 15th Oct ABC Fire Awareness Day
Brigade captain John Schauble talked Red Symons on the ABC Breakfast program about helping a couple in Park Orchards develop their bushfire action plan. He later joined Jon Faine at the Emerald Community House to talk some more about preparing for the coming summer. More....
Sun 11th Oct Fire danger ratings
Victoria has adopted the new nationally agreed Fire Danger Rating scale to help communities understand information about fire danger. More.... (icon 110KB)
Sun 11th Oct Fire Action Week begins!

Fire Action Week runs from 11th October to 18th October and is a ‘whole-of-state’ effort to plan and prepare for the coming fire season.

Fire Action Week is a call to action for all Victorians, no matter where they live, to:

  • prepare for the coming fire season
  • identify their fire risk
  • prepare their own properties and work with neighbours and communities to be Fire Ready.

Think about it

  • All of Victoria is at fire risk this year, and we are facing a potentially worse fire season than last year.
  • Fire Action Week is the time to start planning and preparing for the fire season, if you haven’t already done so.
  • You should have a written fire plan that details what you and your family will do if threatened by fires.
  • Your fire plan is a combination of preparation and a plan of action. It must include practical steps to protect all members of the family, including children, the elderly and the vulnerable.
  • Write down your fire plan, share it with all in your household, and practise it regularly.
  • Prepare your house or property for fires. Even if you plan to leave, your home must be well prepared. A well-prepared house with defendable space has a greater chance of surviving.
  • CFA’s new household self-assessment tool will help you determine if you have enough defendable space around your home. Visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VBIL on 1800 240 667 to get a copy.
  • Find out more about planning and preparing for fires from your local fire safety community meetings, CFA Community Fireguard groups, and council. Start by visiting www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

How to get involved in Fire Action Week

Activities and Events calendar

An online calendar of events will be available on the CFA website: www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Fire Action Week supplements

Fire Action Week supplements will run in newspapers throughout the state in the week of October 11-18, culminating in a ‘Prepare to be Fire Ready’ day on Sunday, October 18. These supplements will raise awareness across Victoria about the high-risk outlook for the coming fire season and the critical need to prepare for the coming fire season.

Take part in ‘Prepare to be Fire Ready’ day

‘Prepare to be Fire Ready’ day on Sunday, October 18 is a ‘whole-of-state’ working bee for all Victorians to plan and prepare for the coming fire season. It's simple to get involved in the day:
  • Participate in a clean-up activity in your local area.
  • Develop your fire plan.
  • Start clearing around your home and property. For more information visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or contact your local council.
  • Contact your local fire brigade to find out about community meetings in your area.
Wed 19th Aug Everyone must do their bit
The Royal Commission Interim Report will present challenges for volunteer brigades, writes brigade captain John Schauble. More....
Mon 17th Aug Interim Report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Read all the findings....
Mon 17th Aug Sassafras-Ferny Creek Captain interviewed on ABC 774
Brigade captain John Schauble talks to Jon Faine ahead of the release of the Interim Report of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Listen to the interview....
Thu 6th Aug Don’t be distracted by quick fixes
More... (icon 204KB)
Sun 19th Jul New trucks handed over
Two new firefighting vehicles were formally handed over to the brigade by the Hon. James Merlino, at a ceremony at the fire station. More... (icon 125KB)
Sat 11th Jul Let’s not throw good policy into the fire
Reflections on the ‘prepare, stay and defend or leave early’ policy. More...
Fri 12th Jun Sassafras-Ferny Creek Captain interviewed on ABC 774
Brigade captain John Schauble talks to Jon Faine about issues arising from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Listen to the interview (skip to the last 10 minutes of the Hectic Half Hour download)
Mon 11th May 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Live webcasts of proceedings and submissions to the royal commission are available here.
Fri 29th May Brigade service honoured
Awards were presented to a number of members at the brigade's annual dinner in recognition of service and proficiency. More... (icon 132KB)
Sun 16th Apr Learn about burns
The Department of Sustainability and Environment is seeking to email Dandenongs businesses and residents directly when a planned burn is likely to be held in Dandenong Ranges National Park. More... (icon 23KB)
Tue 7th Apr Fire restrictions to end on 20th April
CFA fire restrictions will end throughout the Shire of Yarra Ranges, including Sassafras and Ferny Creek, at 1am on 20th April, 2009. Shire of Yarra Ranges local laws apply to burning off in the open. For more information about the local laws, contact the Shire of Yarra Ranges on 1300 368333 or www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au
Sun 29th Mar Check your smoke alarm: Daylight saving ends April 5
Daylight saving ends this Sunday... and that means it’s time to change your smoke alarm batteries. More...
28th Feb Coming weather conditions
Mild weather conditions over the weekend will provide some immediate respite from the fire danger. However, conditions next week - especially on Tuesday - are expected to again raise the local bushfire danger to extreme levels. Residents are reminded to implement their fire plans in advance and consider the conditions before deciding whether to stay and actively defend their properties or leave early. More...
28th Feb Nixon Rd, Upwey fire
The Nixon Rd, Upwey fire, which broke out last Monday, has been contained and is no longer considered a threat to local communities. The fire burnt approximately 355 hectares of private property and parkland managed by Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Department of Sustainability & Environment crews, along with local CFA crews, will continue to patrol the fire scene over coming days. Crews and one vehicle from Sassafras were involved in blacking out and patrolling the fire as part of a local strike team during the week.
27th Feb House fire, Hethersett Road, Sassafras
An electrical fault has been identified as the cause of a house fire in Hethersett Road which broke out shortly after 8.30am. The resident evacuated safely and called the fire brigade. Smoke detectors were installed and operating. The fire spread extensively through the structure via internal wall, floor and ceiling cavities. Quick intervention by crew wearing breathing apparatus (BA) contained the fire to these areas once the brigade arrived. There was minimal damage to contents and internal fittings. Two vehicles from Sassafras-Ferny Creek were assisted by two from Olinda. Upwey brigade attended with a thermal imaging camera, along with a specialist unit from Bayswater providing BA support. A CFA fire investiagtor and a Shire building surveyor also attended the scene.
26th Feb Friday a “spike” day
The fire danger is expected to reach extreme levels on Friday 27th February across most of the state and including the Dandenong Ranges. Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade captain John Schauble is urging residents who have not undertaken thorough preparations or who are not confident about remaining to actively defend their properties to consider leaving early. “Recent experience locally has shown that people without a plan are tending to panic and leave at the last minute,” he said. “If you’re going, then go early before there is a fire, without the stress and try enjoy your day elsewhere. Leaving at the last minute once a fire has started in the area is not a realistic option. It’s simply dangerous.”

Local schools closed
In view of the current high fire danger, all local schools will be closed on Friday, 27th February, following a directive from the Education Department.

Community Meeting at Ferny Creek Primary School
More than 100 residents attended a community meeting at the Ferny Creek Primary School on the evening of Wednesday 25th February. Brigade Captain John Schauble updated residents on the recent fire activity in Upwey and Belgrave and on the need for heightened preparedness over the coming days. CFA Community Safety presenter Andrew Feagan delivered a shortened Fire Ready meeting.
24th Feb Fire at Nixon Road, Upwey 23rd February, 2009
A fire which began in grassland off Nixon Road in Upwey shortly before 2.30pm on Monday spread rapidly into scrubland in the Monbulk Creek retarding basin. Fanned by a strong north-westerly wind, the fire was rapidly carried towards houses in the Ryans Road area. Two tankers from Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade responded to the fire, along with multiple CFA, MFB and DSE vehicles. An Erickson Aircrane and other helicopters provided valuable support as the fire moved towards private properties. A south-westerly wind change later in the afternoon pushed the fire towards Belgrave Heights. The fire was contained early on Tuesday morning. A vehicle and crew from Olinda was stepped up into Sassafras-Ferny Creek station to provide extra security for the local area in addition to Sassafras Pumper, which remained on standby for local calls. A small number of firefighters from the brigade will be helping crew vehicles from elsewhere in the Dandenong Ranges Group at the fire site over the coming days to black out and secure the scene ahead of expected hot and windy conditions on Friday. Members of the brigade auxiliary have also been assisting with the provision of meals to firefighters.
21st Feb Preparing for the coming week
Hot and windy conditions are again predicted on some days next week. This will test the work done to consolidate containment lines on the major fires in and around the Yarra Valley and also to the east at Bunyip.

The conditions will also elevate the fire danger in the local area. It is important that residents understand this, make plans and act accordingly. Information on preparing your family and property is available here.
  Fire Ready Meeting Wednesday 25th February, 7pm
Another Fire Ready Victoria meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 25th at Ferny Creek Primary School. The focus of this meeting will be on providing information about preparing your family and property for the risk of fire over the coming weeks. It will not be an operational briefing. Issues relating to the municipality, public lands or issues such as bunkers, refuges or roadside vegetation management, while important and of significant public interest, will not be the focus of the meeting. CFA’s immediate priority is using the tools we have at hand to prepare communities for the risks they may face over the next few weeks.
19th Feb First we mourn, then we must learn our place
More...
16th Feb Victorian Bushfires, February 2009

Local bushfire threat remains high

The bushfire threat in the local area remains very high. It will remain so until there is a significant change in the weather and substantial rainfall dampens forest fuels.

Residents are advised, if they have not already done so, to develop a bushfire action plan that suits their needs and those of their family. Ample information on how to develop a plan is available from CFA. A good place to start is here.

You should also consider joining (or starting) a Community Fireguard group. There are several groups active in the local area. Information on Community Fireguard is available here or by contacting CFA Yarra Area on 8739 1300.

On hot and windy days, the fire risk will escalate rapidly. Residents who do not plan to stay and defend their properties must plan to leave early on such days. “Leaving early” means leaving before a fire has started in the area. A safe option is to plan to be out of the area altogether on days of high fire danger. If you don’t understand what constitutes a day of high fire danger, learn more about this here. (icon 1.59MB)

Once a fire has started in the immediate local area, travel on roads will become dangerous and may have fatal consequences.

Staying to defend your property is a complex option. If you want to do this there are several steps you need to take and you must plan in a detailed and methodical way. It also requires a degree of physical fitness and mental preparedness for what will be a difficult and possibly frightening experience. The precise location of your property will be critical in deciding whether to stay and defend or leave early. More...

Seeking information

Obtaining accurate information about what is going on during a fire will always be difficult, especially in an area such as ours where bushfires always spread quickly.

You need to begin gathering information early on high risk days. That means using the CFA and DSE websites, listening to ABC 774 Local Radio, listening for other indications of activity such as fire sirens and truck movements.

Please do not ring the fire station seeking information about fires in the area as there may not be anyone in attendance and, if there is, the phone line will be needed for operational purposes.

Community meeting

About 350 people attended a community meeting at the Ferny Creek Horticultural Society hall on Sunday 15th February. Brigade Captain John Schauble provided an update of the brigade’s commitment to bushfire effort. Community Safety presenter Graham Crichton delivered a truncated Fire Ready session before the floor was opened to questions. Photos...

Donating money for bushfire victims

A number of appeals to raise money for bushfire relief are being run concurrently. The principal appeal is being run by the Red Cross. Details of how to donate money to that appeal can be found here.
16th Feb Fire at Peters Rd, Tecoma
Three trucks from the brigade attended a scrub fire which broke out in an area between Peters Road and Terrys Avenue shortly after 5pm on Sunday 15th February. A unit from Sassafras-Ferny Creek was first on scene, closely followed by a vehicle from Belgrave, in whose fire district the outbreak occurred. Despite quick action from both brigades, the fire was fanned by a south-easterly breeze and eventually burnt an area of approximately 4.5 hectares. Two water bombing aircraft, a bulldozer and more than 20 fire trucks and crews attended. Homes in the immediate area of Tecoma were at risk from ember attack, but there was no property damage. Threat warnings were issued for residents in Ferny Creek, Sherbrooke, Kallista, Tecoma and Belgrave as the fire developed. The security of the Sassafras and Ferny Creek areas was maintained by “stepping up” a unit from Kalorama brigade into the Sassafras-Ferny Creek fire station. Police are investigating the cause of the fire.
13th Feb Victorian Bushfires - CFA Community Meeting
Sunday, 15th February 2009, 3pm
Ferny Creek Horticultural Society,
Hilton Rd, Sassafras Melway 75 E1

An update on the current fire situation, community safety issues and local dimensions. All welcome.
11th Feb Victorian Bushfires, February 2009

Our community has been extremely fortunate not to have been directly affected by the bushfires that have burned in many parts of the state with tragic consequences.

Many members of our brigade have been tasked on fires at Bunyip and in the Yarra Valley on a continuous basis since Saturday. One of our vehicles has been allocated to strike team duty in fire affected areas over the same period. Other brigade members have been involved in communications, logistics and a range of operational roles as volunteers and as CFA staff.

The bushfire emergency is far from over. The fire danger locally, while not immediately of concern, could escalate quickly in hot and windy conditions. The brigade’s priority remains to ensure adequate response coverage at a local level.

The community’s support is critical to our efforts. Residents are encouraged to review their bushfire plans or to seek further information on how to develop a plan to deal with a local bushfire emergency. The links on this website are a good starting point.

Information on the current fire situation can be found here: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_updates.htm

Information on preparing your family and property for bushfire can be found here: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/living/index.htm

Further information about how to support victims of the current fires and other ways in which you can help can be found here: http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/giving/giving_article.jsp?articleId=4026

The brigade is very appreciative of the many messages of support and offers of assistance we have received over recent days.

Thank you.

John Schauble
Captain
Sun 1st Feb Local fire danger reaches critical point
Fire danger in the local area has reached a critical point in recent days. More...
Sat 31st Jan Sassafras unit sent to Endeavour Hills
A crew of firefighters and a Sassafras tanker joined the efforts to extinguish a 40 hectare fire that broke out in the vicinity of Churchill Park Drive, Endeavour Hills on Friday.

2008

Wed 25th Dec Seasons Greetings to all in Sassafras and Ferny Creek
That big, jolly fellow in red was back in town Christmas Eve. The brigade wishes all in our community safe and joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Photo gallery...
Sun 14th Dec Carols on the Mountain washed out
Appalling weather over the weekend forced the cancellation of the popular annual Carols on the Mountain event at Ferny Creek on Saturday night. More... (icon 30KB)
Sat 13th Dec Carols on the Mountain cancelled
Due to the extreme weather conditions predicted for today, the brigade regrets to announce that Carols on the Mountain 2008 has been cancelled.
Wed 19th Nov Fire Danger Period begins 1st December
Residents should note that CFA fire restrictions will come into force across the Shire of Yarra Ranges on Monday 1st December at 1am.
Sun 9th Nov Carols on the Mountain... it's back!
The popular Carols on the Mountain will be held at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve on Saturday 13 December. More... (icon 30KB)
Thu 6th Nov Fire Danger Period to commence soon
It's time to do some fire prevention works around your property before the FDP starts, says CFA Yarra Area Operations Manager Graeme Armstrong.
More... (icon 25KB)
Sat 20th Sep Hazelwood deployment
Brigade lieutentant Geoff Horner was among a large contingent of CFA personnel sent to Hazelwood south of Morwell in Gippsland over the past week to combat a fire that broke out in an open cut coal mine there. The fire, which burned for several days, was in a non-operational coal face and did not damage any operational infrastructure. Power supplies and mining operations were not affected.
Sun 14th Sep Cranbourne deployment
Sassafras-Ferny Creek brigade captain John Schauble was deployed to the Brookland Greens Estate in Cranbourne at the weekend in his role as a CFA Community Safety facilitator. CFA conducted a series of street corner meetings to provide advice to residents affected by a major methane gas incident arising from a disused refuse tip adjacent to the estate.
Thu 11th Sep Junior brigade celebrates
The Junior Brigade marked its 37th anniversary today with a demonstration of skills learned by up-and-coming firefighters. The annual birthday bash, complete with cake and supper, is a highlight of the brigade calendar. Josh Wallis was named as Firefighter of the Year, with Brodie Leticq, Gage Foik and Rhianne Cottam-Starky also taking out awards.
Fri 4th Jul Parliamentary Inquiry into Bushfires and Public Land
The Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the Victorian Parliament has released its report into the Impact of Public Land Management Practices on Bushfires in Victoria. Both the Sassafras-Ferny Creek Fire Brigade and the Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert Siren Committee Inc were invited to make submissions to the inquiry. The final report of the committee, along with transcripts of evidence and other associated material are available online.
Tue 10th Jun New burning off law
The Shire of Yarra Ranges has introduced a new local law in relation to open air burning, which comes into effect next month. More... (icon 41KB)
Sun 1st Jun Brigade stalwarts honoured
The significant contributions to the local community of a number of brigade members were recognised recently. More... (icon 34KB)
Sun 18th May Clean that chimney!
Every year the brigade is called out to a number of preventable chimney fires. More... (icon 39KB)
Tue 8th Apr Fuel reduction burns in Sassafras and Ferny Creek
The DSE and Parks Victoria plans to conduct fuel reduction burns in the Dandenong Ranges National Park on the Mountain Highway (5ha) and in the One Tree Hill area (44ha) on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, conditions permitting. Residents should expect significant amounts of smoke, particularly from the One Tree Hill burn. For information on planned burns, contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667. Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires
Tue 25th Mar Change your smoke alarm battery!
It's nearly time to change your clock... and check your smoke alarm.
More... (icon 40KB)
Mon 17th Mar Extreme caution urged as CFA fire restrictions are lifted early
Brigade calls on residents to exercise extreme caution when burning off and also consider the interests of their neighbours. Press release (icon 35KB)
Fri 15th Feb Brigade bushfire safety booklet wins national award
Living with Bushfire, a booklet produced the brigade has won national recognition in the Emergency Management Australia 2007 Safer Communities Awards. Read the press release (icon 118KB) or download the booklet from our Publications page.
Mon 28th Jan House fires a year-round menace
While the threat of bushfire is real, "ordinary" house fires can catch us unaware. More... (icon 35KB)
Sat 5th Jan Edward Geldard 1961-2007
Remembering a friend and colleague. More... (icon 114KB)

2007

Mon 24th Dec Santa Spotted in Sassafras & Ferny Creek!
Exclusive pictures of the big man in red seen in the local area on Christmas Eve.
Photo gallery...
Sat 15th Dec Carols on the Mountain 2007
More than 500 people tonight joined Australian opera great Suzanne Johnston, the Sing Australia choir, the National Youth Chorale, the Sweet Sassafras gospel group, choirs from Sassafras and Ferny Creek primary schools, combined Upwey and Monbulk high school bands and the Hart School of Dance for another spectacular Carols on the Mountain at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve.
Photo gallery...
Thu 13th Dec Community attitudes to bushfire
A CFA survey conducted in high bushfire risk areas in metropolitan Melbourne indicates that many residents are not well prepared for fire. The survey of over 1000 households shows many people have failed to plan adequately for dealing with bushfire. Read the results... (icon 116KB)
Thu 13th Dec Deployment to South Australia
Sassafras-Ferny Creek volunteer Geoff Pfeifer this weekend joins a 200-strong Victorian joint agency deployment to the Kangaroo Island fires in South Australia. Geoff will work in a logistics role as part of an incident management team.
Wed 12th Dec Parliamentary Inquiry Submission
Both the brigade and the Ferny Creek Bushfire Alert Siren Committee Inc were recently invited to make submissions to a parliamentary inquiry into the Impact of Public Land Management Practices on Bushfires in Victoria. Transcripts are available online:
Brigade submission (icon 39KB)
Siren Committee submission (icon 35KB)
Sun 25th Nov New truck for Sassafras-Ferny Creek
Monbulk MLA Hon. James Merlino has officially presented the keys to a new 3000 litre, four-wheel drive tanker to the brigade. Read the press release... (icon 59KB)
Mon 12th Nov Summer 2007/08 CFA Fire Restrictions are now in force throughout the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Tue 25th Sep Local bushfire safety booklet wins award
A bushfire safety booklet produced by a local CFA brigade has been recognised in the 2007 Emergency Management Australia Safer Communities Awards.
Read the press release
(icon 53KB) or download the booklet from our Publications page.

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