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2015 News

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - Thursday 31st December 2015 - 30/12/2015

Thursday 31st December 2015 (New Years Eve) has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the CENTRAL, North Central, South West, Wimmera and West and South Gippsland weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Thursday, 31st December 2015 until 11:59pm Thursday, 31st December 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 40 degrees and strong northerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Friday 25th December 2015 - 24/12/2015

Friday 25th December 2015 (Christmas Day) has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the CENTRAL, North Central, South West and Wimmera weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Friday, 25 December 2015 until 11:59pm Friday, 25 December 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 35 degrees and strong northerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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Santa is coming to town on Christmas Eve - 22/12/2015

Santa will be teaming up with firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade this Christmas Eve as he travels around in a fire truck to visit all of the children in and around the town. 

 

Parents should be advised that this years annual Santa run will commence from 3.15pm on Christmas Eve and is likely to conclude by approximately 6.00pm. During this time, Santa and his team of helpers will endeavour to visit all of the roads and streets within Riddells Creek. If required, further details on Santa's journey around the town can be sought by calling the fire station on 5428 6000.

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Sunday 20th December 2015 - 20/12/2015

Today, Sunday 20th December 2015 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Sunday, 20 December 2015 until 11:59pm Sunday, 20 December 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district today (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 39 degrees and strong north westerly winds will result in Extreme Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Saturday 19th December 2015 - 18/12/2015

Today, Saturday 19th December 2015 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Saturday, 19 December 2015 until 11:59pm Saturday, 19 December 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district today (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 40 degrees and strong north westerly winds will result in Extreme Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Friday 18th December 2015 - 18/12/2015

Today, Friday 18th December 2015 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Central, North Central, Wimmera and South West weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Friday, 18 December 2015 until 11:59pm Friday, 18 December 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district today (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 37 degrees and strong north westerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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Upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meetings in Riddells Creek - 3/12/2015

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend one of two Bushfire Preparation Meetings which are taking place during December and January.

 

The free bushfire information meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday 9th December - 7.30pm - Corner of Whittaker Lane and Cornish Road

  • Wednesday 13th January - 7.30pm - Corner of Southbourne Road and Parkview Tce

The meetings will last around 1 hour and will cover the essential things you and your family need to know about living in a high bushfire risk areas. Like all of CFA's FireReady meetings, these meetings will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend either meeting should also BYO chair.

 

Please note that CFA postpone all community meetings when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, so it would be worthwhile checking the Fire Danger Rating on the day of either of these meetings.

 

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Wednesday 25th November 2015 - 25/11/2015

Today, Wednesday 25th November 2015 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Central, North Central, Northern Country, North East, Mallee, Wimmera, South West and West and South Gippsland weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 until 11:59 PM Wednesday, 25 November 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district tomorrow (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 33 degrees and strong north westerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

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New! Fire Restrictions commence Monday 9th November 2015  - 5/10/2015

As of 1am on Monday 9th November, fire restrictions will come into effect across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council areas.

 

Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council will be prohibited from 9th November. Unless removed earlier, restrictions will be in place until 1 May 2016.

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide.

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.

 

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New! Be sure to drop by and see us at the Riddells Creek Village Street Festival - 7/11/2015

In years gone by, our annual Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo was the premier event for people living in the Macedon Ranges to receive all of the latest bushfire preparation advice and ideas.

 

This year the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade will not hold a Bushfire Expo, but instead we will shift our attention to having an impressive display at the Riddells Creek Village Street Festival.

 

The festival will take place along Station Street from 4pm on Saturday 28th November, thanks to the  Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House.

 

When visiting the festival this year, be sure to drop in to grab the latest tips for preparing your home, family, pets and livestock for bushfire. A team of our local firefighters will be on hand to give you the right advice to all of your bushfire questions.

 

And don’t forget… this will be your best opportunity to talk ‘bushfire safety’ with us this summer!   

 

More information about the Village Street Festival can be sourced from the Neighbourhood House Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/riddellscreek.neighbourhoodhouse

 

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Tuesday 6th October 2015 - 5/10/2015

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6th October 2015 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Central, North Central, Northern Country, Mallee, Wimmera and South West weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01 AM on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 until 11:59 PM Tuesday, 6 October 2015.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district tomorrow (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 35 degrees and strong north westerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

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Council Local Law lifted to allow landowners to burn off during October - 3/10/2015

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is encouraging residents to clean up their properties earlier this year in preparation for an earlier and longer fire season.

 

To assist property owners to do this, burning off restrictions under Council’s Local Law will be lifted for the month of October for those residents living on land less than 4,000 square metres (one acre).

 

For more information about the lifting of the council Local Law, click here:

 

For more information and tips for burning off, visit http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/burning-off/

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Funding set to enhance safety and capability of fire-fighting vehicle - 3/10/2015

Volunteer firefighters at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were delighted to learn recently that the brigade will be receiving up to $10,000 to install a state-of-the-art storage system to one of its firefighting vehicles.

 

The $10,000 boost will be one of nearly 300 grants handed out to Victorian emergency service volunteer groups under the Victorian State Government’s $12.5 million Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP).

 

Under the program, the Government will contribute $2 for every $1 contributed by local volunteer groups from organisations, including the CFA.

 

The grant will supplement donations made to the brigade from the local community and will fund a purpose-built locker system which will be manufactured and installed on the brigade’s four wheel drive control vehicle.

 

The new locker system will enable items of firefighting equipment to be stored on the vehicle in a safe and easy-to-access way, which will improve firefighter safety and make it easier for firefighters to access equipment in a hurry. 

 

“We’ve wanted to design and purchase a purpose-built locker system for our control vehicle for a number of years and it’s great that we will now receive some extra funding to allow this to happen” said Dave Thompson, Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.

 

The four wheel drive ute is owned by the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade and plays an important role in the command and control or fires and emergencies, especially at major grass fires and bush fires. “Purchasing the new locker and storage system for the rear of the vehicle will make it a lot easier for our firefighters to find the specific item of equipment they are looking for. Each piece of equipment will now have a dedicated storage spot and will be positioned in a place which makes it safe for our firefighters to lift in and out of the vehicle” said Dave. 

  

The fire brigade is confident that the new locker system will be installed on the back of the vehicle prior to the onset of the 2015/16 summer fire season.

 

Grants will also be provided to the nearby Trentham Fire Brigade and the Kyneton Fire Brigade Group under the 2015/16 VESEP program.

 

 

Fire-fighters efforts recognised at annual 'night of nights - 8/7/2015

A number of our volunteers were recognised for their ongoing contribution to the CFA at our annual mid-year dinner recently. Over 50 people attended our annual dinner and were treated to a lovely meal at the Seasons Bistro, Bar and Deli.

 

Those members who had made a significant contribution to the brigade during the past year were congratulated with the following awards:  

  • Peter Gossip - Fire-fighter of the year

  • Michelle Tinworth - 1st Lieutenants encouragement award

  • Corey Tschuck and James Blay – Recruit Fire-fighter of the Year

The formalities didn't end there, with the presentation of long service awards to the following brigade members:

  • Rod Sinclair - 50 year long service medal

  • Dawn Ciechomski - 20 year long service medal

  • Gill Metz - 15 year long service medal

  • Wendy Chalmers - 15 year long service medal

  • Michael Hemingway - 15 year long service medal

  • Marjan Flisar - 15 year long service medal

  • Brenda Ruth - 15 year long service medal

  • Jo Thompson - 10 year long service medal

  • Roger Barrows - 10 year long service medal

  • Julie Macdonald - 10 year long service medal

  • Darren Arlow – 5 Year Certificate of Service

  • Daniel Gauci – 5 Year Certificate of Service

  • Alanna Bowden – 5 Year Certificate of Service

 

  

 

Community minded running group ensures fire hydrants are in tip-top condition in Riddells Creek - 11/6/2015

 

The network of fire hydrants within the township of Riddells Creek is set to remain in tip-top condition thanks to the efforts of a team of runners and walkers from the Riddells Creek branch of the Macedon Ranges Running Club.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade periodically undertake programs to audit the condition of fire hydrant plugs and marker posts throughout the town, but on this occasion the local running group took it upon themselves to provide this service after hearing about the ‘Adopt a Hydrant’ campaign.

 

Over a 3 month period, a team of around 20 runners and walkers observed the condition of fire hydrants during their weekly runs around the town. After all of the streets had been visited, the group submitted their list of their findings to Western Water to follow up.

 

“The Macedon Ranges Running Club initiated the project late last year when we learned of the Adopt A Hydrant campaign” said Lindsay Sharpe, coordinator of the Riddells Creek branch. “Western Water then provided us with maps which showed the location of all of the fire hydrants around the town” said Lindsay. “It was a great opportunity for many of our runners to visit some of the quieter streets in Riddells Creek which they otherwise had never been to before. What a great way to get to know your township” said Lindsay.

 

The efforts that the Macedon Ranges Running Club has saved the volunteers of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade a significant amount of time. “We were so delighted when the running club contacted us to say that they had carried out this program on our behalf” said Dave Thompson, Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. “This has been such a wonderful example of a community group supporting their local fire brigade” said Dave. “Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the importance of fire hydrants being easily identifiable and easily accessible. In the event of a major house fire, most fire trucks will have utilised their full load of water within the first 2-3 minutes. That doesn’t leave us with much time to find the nearest fire hydrant and connect our fire trucks to it” said Dave.

 

Western Water are equally as delighted by the efforts of the running club. “We are really pleased to have the running club as the ‘eyes’ of our Adopt a Hydrant program, checking hydrants as they make their way around the streets of the Macedon Ranges,” said Graham Holt, Western Water’s General Manager for Customer and Community Relations. “We have been working closely with the CFA on Adopt a Hydrant for many years, and it’s great to get the wider community involved in this important program” said Graham.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade hope that the actions of the Macedon Ranges Running Club will inspire others in the community to ensure that the hydrant nearest to their property is kept clear, visible and accessible at all times.   

   

People who would like more information about the ‘Adopt a Hydrant’ campaign, visit the Western Water website at http://www.westernwater.com.au/wsservices/Bushfires-and-your-water-supply/Pages/Adopt-a-Hydrant.aspx 

 

People wishing to know more about the Macedon Ranges Running Club should visit: www.macedonrangesrunningclub.com/

 

 

 

Riddells Creek set to play host to Dawn Service this Anzac Day - 11/4/2015

Residents of Riddells Creek and surrounding districts are invited to attend a Dawn Service this Anzac Day, which is set to be the first commemorative service held within the township for many years.

 

The service will take place at the War Memorial Gates, adjacent to the northern end of the Riddells Creek Primary School, on Saturday 25th April. People attending the service are asked to be assembled by 5.45am for the service to commence at 6am Sharp.

 

“Attendance records for services held at the Memorial Cross and Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance are set to be broken this year, especially given the significance of the 100 year anniversary since the landing at Gallipoli in 1915” said Dawn Ciechomski, a resident of Riddells Creek and Secretary for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.  

 

“The fire brigade has received a great deal of support from the local Riddells Creek community during the past few years and hosting a Dawn Service was one of the ways we can say thank you to the township” said Dawn.

 

“Members of the public are encouraged to lay a wreath, flowers, poppy or a sprig of rosemary as a mark of remembrance” said Dawn.

 

There will be a short address, followed by laying of wreaths, the Ode of Remembrance then the playing of the Last Post and Reveille. The Service will conclude with the playing of the National anthems of Australia and New Zealand. 

 

At the conclusion of the service, all attendees will be welcome back to the fire station to enjoy a “Gun Fire Breakfast” – all for the low price of a gold coin donation.

 

 

 

When you Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery - 31/3/2015

Victoria’s fire services, together with Duracell batteries, are urging all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday 5th April as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries campaign.

 

Australia's fire and emergency services attended more than 12,000 residential fires in 2014. In Victoria alone there are over 3,000 home fires each year.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade respond to house fires on more than one occasion each year and in many cases, the homeowners had been made aware of the fires thanks to a working smoke alarm. "Having a working smoke alarm is such a simple life-saving device" said Dean Anderson, brigade Community Safety Manager. "Taking a moment to change the battery over on April 5th may only take a few minutes, but making the time to do this could save the lives of you and your family".  

 

If you require assistance changing your smoke alarm battery, please don't hesitate to call us on 5428 6000.

 

 

Fire Restrictions to end across Macedon Ranges on Monday 30th March, 2015 - 18/03/2015

As of 1am Monday 30th March, fire restrictions across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council will come to an end for the 2014/2015 summer period.

 

Fire Restrictions across Hume City Council will cease next week on Monday 23rd March, 2015.

 

Permanent, year-round council by-laws relating to the use of fire for burning off will remain in place so once the fire restrictions are lifted but before deciding to light a burn off, residents are advised to understand the relevant council by-laws. Click here to visit our Fire Restrictions page.

 

 

New vehicles set to enhance fire-fighting capability at Riddells Creek - 16/01/2015

We are the proud owners of not one, but three new firefighting vehicles following a number of changes to our fleet of fire trucks over the last few months.

After many years of fundraising, the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade purchased a new ‘Medium Tanker’ late last year to help protect the local area from bushfire, grassfires and a range of emergencies. “With a price tag of almost $360,000, the fundraising effort was certainly a lengthy one and the brigade has the entire Riddells Creek community to thank for their support and financial contributions” said Riddells Creek Fire Brigade Captain, Dave Thompson.

The new 4WD tanker is an additional vehicle to the fleet of fire trucks here at Riddells Creek and will certainly increase the brigade’s ability to tackle local grassfires and bushfires. The new fire truck comes with many new technology enhancements, including a remote control water cannon fitted to the front of the vehicle.

But just as we were coming to terms with having a new fire truck at the station, Riddells Creek was offered the chance to exchange one of our other fire trucks for a ‘Light Pumper’. By late November, the deal had been made and our old 'Pumper Tanker' vehicle was destined for the Pyramid Hill Fire Brigade, north of Bendigo, in exchange for the new Pumper. “The vehicle swap with Pyramid Hill was a great example of CFA’s utilisation of its vehicle fleet” said Captain Dave Thompson. “We have benefited greatly by receiving a vehicle which will better meet the future needs of Riddells Creek, especially as the township continues to grow. Similarly, Pyramid Hill now has a 4WD fire truck which will better serve their nearby rural and farming areas, so the swap has been a big win for both brigades”.          

To cap off the trifecta, the brigade also recently took possession of a new 4WD Ford Ranger ute which replaces the vehicle stolen from the fire station during July last year. “The new ‘Field Command Vehicle’ will assist with managing and controlling large fires and emergencies and was actually used for this role as recently as the fires at Kyneton on January 7th, 2015.

            

 

Upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meetings in Riddells Creek - 07/01/2015

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend one of two Bushfire Preparation Meetings which are taking place during the next 2 weeks.

 

The free bushfire information meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday 14th January - 7.30pm - Corner of Gyro Close and Cutevan Crescent

  • Wednesday 21st January - 7.30pm - Riddells Creek Fire Station (67 Main Road)

The meetings will last around 1 hour and will cover the essential things you and your family need to know about living in a high bushfire risk areas. Like all of CFA's FireReady meetings, these meetings will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend the Gyro Close meeting should also BYO chair.

 

Please note that CFA postpone all community meetings when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, so it would be worthwhile checking the Fire Danger Rating on the day of either of these meetings.

 

 

Total Fire Bans - 01/01/2015             

With predicted server and extreme fire weather across most of the state, tomorrow Friday the 2nd of January and Saturday the 3rd of January 2015 have been declared Total Fire Bans for the Central Fire Ban District as well as others.
 

A full list of areas affected can be found here - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-and-ratings/

 

For a list of what you can and can't do click here - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/

 

 

 

 

2014 News

 

Santa is coming to town on Christmas Eve - 22/12/2014

Santa will be teaming up with firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade tonight (Christmas Eve) as he travels around in a fire truck to visit all of the children in and around the town. 

 

Parents should be advised that this years annual Santa run will commence from 3.15pm on Christmas Eve and is likely to conclude at approximately 6.00pm. During this time, Santa and his team of helpers will endeavour to visit all of the roads and streets within Riddells Creek. If required, further details on Santa's journey around the town can be sought by calling the fire station on 5428 6000.

 

 

 

Fire Restrictions commenced Monday 8th December 2014 - 8/12/2014

As of 1am on Monday 8th December, fire restrictions came into effect across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.  This is not the case for the adjacent Hume City Council municipality where fire restrictions were introduced one week earlier on Monday 1st December.

 

Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council will be prohibited from 8th December. Unless removed earlier, restrictions will be in place until 1 May 2015.

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide. 

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.

 

 

Bushfire & Emergency Services Expo is on again this year  26/11/2014

The 2014 Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo is now less than a week away and members of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are busily preparing for yet another successful expo.

 

This year's expo will take place this Saturday 29th November at the Riddells Creek Primary School from 10am to 4pm. This day promises to be an exciting day for the Riddells Creek community with the Riddells Creek Village Street Festival taking place from 4pm, followed by a CFA torchlight street march from 7pm (further details below).

 

"The large grassfire which threatened the township during February this year should serve as an important reminder to all people living in the Macedon Ranges of the risks of grassfire and bushfire" said Dean Anderson, Community Safety Manager for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. "People living in the Macedon Ranges are encouraged to learn from what we witnessed last summer and take the chance to get along to this years expo" said Dean.

 

The annual expo is believed to be the only one of its kind in Victoria where the public can have access to everything they need to plan and prepare for bushfire. For further details about this years expo visit www.riddellcfa.com/expo.htm 

 

 

Torchlight parade through Riddells Creek - come along to cheer on CFA 26/11/2014

A number of CFA brigades will make their way to Riddells Creek this Saturday night to participate in a 'torchlight' marching competition through the town.

 

The march will commence at around 7.15pm from the memorial gates on Main Road (near the north end of the Primary School), then proceed along Main Road to Station Street, then head along Station Street & Hamilton Street past the train station before turning into Sutherlands Road.

 

Make sure you come along to cheer on some of CFA's local firefighters.

 

 

New fire truck to be handed over at Farmers Market ceremony - 09/08/2014

The new addition to the fleet of Riddells Creek fire trucks will be unveiled and handed over at a special ceremony at the Riddells Creek Farmers Market on Saturday 16th August. The market will run from 9am to 1pm and the handover ceremony will occur at 11am. 

 

After many years of fundraising, the Riddells Creek fire brigade recently purchased the new fire truck to help protect the local area from bushfire, grass fires and a range of emergencies. With a price tag of almost $360,000, the fundraising effort was certainly a lengthy one and we've got the entire Riddells Creek community to thank for their support.

 

Not long after the township was threatened by a grassfire in February this year, the Riddells Creek Farmers Market lead the charge to help the brigade raise the last reaming funds. What happened next was totally  unprecedented with in excess of $30,000 raised.

 

For this reason, we're excited to be able to showcase the new fire truck at the Farmers Market next weekend while taking the chance to say thank you to the wonderful Riddells Creek community for enabling the new fire truck to be purchased.

 

 

 

Safe Mistake Zone - Home Fire Safety awareness campaign - 09/08/2014

CFA and MFB have launched a new campaign to help raise awareness of the little mistakes people can make which may lead to a home fire.

 

Home fires can start and take hold within seconds, so it's vital to pay attention. It's human to make little mistakes, to forget something or get something slightly wrong.

 

To find out more about this fun, creative and interactive campaign, visit safemistakezone.com.au and get the mistakes out of your system.

 

 

Fire brigades will bounce back after callous thieves break into two local fire stations - 20/07/2014

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade and Bolinda Monegeetta Fire Brigade woke to the horror news this morning that their fire stations had been broken into and ransacked overnight.

 

The Riddells Creek brigade's four wheel drive control vehicle was among a number of items stolen from the building in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thieves managed to escape with a number of items of equipment and unfortunately the vehicle, valued at around $60,000, was later found as a burnt out wreck near Melton at around 6.15am. 

 

Victoria Police quickly established a crime scene at the fire station and spent the afternoon investigating not only this scene, but also the scene of the Bolinda-Monageetta fire station. The news comes only a few months after the nearby Darraweit Guim fire station was burgled in a similar fashion.

 

CFA and Victoria police really need your help now. If you saw anything suspicious, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

For other videos or news articles relating to this story visit:

 

 

[Photos courtesy of CFA photographer Blair Dellemijn]

 

 

Focus on fire safety in the kitchen - 18/07/2014

Now that we've approached the middle of winter, the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are placing added emphasis on the risk of house fires.

 

3,800 house fires occurred across Victoria last year and over 42% of these started in the kitchen.

 

Some simple fire safety precautions which we can all take to reduce the risk of kitchen fires include...

  • Never leave cooking unattended;

  • Purchase a fire blanket and fire extinguisher and install them in easily accessible locations. Try to  avoid falling into the trap of leaving them in their packaging or storing them in hard-to-find places.

Further information about home fire safety can be found at www.homefiresafety.com.au

 

Brigade life members honoured at annual dinner - 28/06/2014

Four life membership recipients have been honoured at Riddells Creek after sharing a combined 149 years of service!

 

Some of CFA’s longer serving volunteers were awarded the Brigade Life Membership medal at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade annual dinner last night. The newly-developed award recognises exceptional service to the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade for a sustained period of at least 30 years.

"We are all extremely grateful to have a large number of members who have devoted such a significant amount of service to the brigade" said Riddells Creek Fire Brigade Captain Dave Thompson. "The newly developed Brigade Life Membership award is just a small way we can honour these members for the service they've devoted to their community."

All of the four recipients are still significant contributors today and continue to serve the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade, the Mount Macedon Fire Brigades Group and/or VFBV.

Captain Dave Thompson and District 2 Operations Officer Darren Eenjes had the privilege of presenting the awards to the following deserving recipients:

  • Rodney Sinclair - 49 years service

  • Marcus Bootle - 37 years service

  • Jeffrey Sparks – 32 years service

  • Don Clark – 31 years service

 

Fire-fighters & community members efforts recognised at annual 'night of nights' - 28/06/2014

A number of our volunteers were recognised for their ongoing contribution to the CFA at our annual mid-year dinner last night. Over 80 people attended our annual dinner and were treated to a lovely three course meal at the Riddells Creek Hotel.

 

Those members who had made a significant contribution to the brigade during the past year were congratulated with the following awards:  

  • Rob Sanderson - Fire-fighter of the year

  • Bethany White - 1st Lieutenants encouragement award

This year we were also joined by some very special guests who had made significant financial contributions to the brigade during the past year, especially with respect to helping us fundraise for the new fire truck. While the annual mid year dinner has previously been a chance for our volunteers to be recognised for their efforts, this time we also thanked a number of community groups for their financial support - each of which were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

 

The formalities didn't end there with the presentation of long service awards to the following brigade members:

  • Terri Boydle - 25 year long service medal

  • Nick Tschuck - 20 year long service medal

  • Dean Anderson - 10 year long service medal

  • Steph Schade - 10 year long service medal

  • Wayne Goodes - 10 year long service medal

  • Tim Bootle - 5 year Certificate of Service

 

Fire Restrictions to end across Macedon Ranges on Monday 14th April, 2014 - 10/04/2014

As of 1am Monday 14th April, fire restrictions across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council will come to an end for the 2013/2014 summer period.

 

Fire Restrictions across Hume City Council are expected to be in place until 1st May 2014 unless revoked earlier.

 

Permanent, year-round council by-laws relating to the use of fire for burning off will remain in place so once the fire restrictions are lifted but before deciding to light a burn off, residents are advised to understand the relevant council by-laws. Click here to visit our Fire Restrictions page.

 

 

Brigade biennial elections results in a few changes to our leadership team - 10/04/2014

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade decided on the future structure of its leadership team at its biennial elections earlier this week.

 

As a result of the elections, a small number of changes will take place to the composition of the brigades management team (or BMT) when the changes take effect from the beginning of July. 

 

The CFA requires all fire brigades to elect their team of officers and managers on a two-yearly basis and the results of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade elections held this week were:

  • Captain: Dave Thompson

  • 1st Lieutenant: Tom Morley

  • 2nd Lieutenant: Michael Hemingway

  • 3rd Lieutenant: Gill Metz

  • 4th Lieutenant: Mark White

  • Communications Officer: Rob Sanderson

  • Secretary: Dawn Ciechomski

  • Treasurer: Ruary Bucknall

  • Community Safety Manager: Dean Anderson

  • Training Manager: Jo Thompson

  • Equipment Manager: Marcus Bootle

  • Catering & Support Manager: Louise Hemingway

  • FEM Officer: Don Clark

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Mark White, Rob Sanderson and Jo Thompson to their new roles.

 

We also thank and acknowledge the efforts of former Lieutenant Martin Leitch, Communications Officer Ben McConville and Training Manager Jason Males for the many hours they selflessly devoted to the brigade by performing these roles.

 

 

When you Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery - 31/3/2014

Victoria’s fire services, together with Duracell batteries, are urging all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday 6th April as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries campaign.

 

A new fire safety survey has found 38 per cent of Victorian/Tasmanian family homes have only one smoke alarm installed and 28 per cent sometimes disconnect their smoke alarm or take out batteries to prevent false alarms.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade respond to house fires on more than one occasion each year and in many cases, the homeowners had been made aware of the fires thanks to a working smoke alarm. "Having a working smoke alarm is such a simple life-saving device" said Dean Anderson, brigade Community Safety Manager. "Taking a moment to change the battery over on April 6th may only take a few minutes, but making the time to do this could save the lives of you and your family".  

 

If you require assistance changing your smoke alarm battery, please don't hesitate to call us on 5428 6000.

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - TUESDAY 11th MARCH 2014 - 10/3/2014

Tuesday 11th March 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Mallee, Wimmera, South West and Central fire weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12.01am until 11:59pm Tuesday 11th February 2014.

 

Tomorrows forecast weather conditions will result in Very High Fire Danger in the Central district. For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

Upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting in Riddells Creek- 20/02/2014

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend an upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting which will take place on Wednesday 26th February, 7.30pm at the Riddells Creek Primary School.

 

Riddells Creek and Gisborne South witnessed the largest fire in over 30 years when a fast moving grassfire destroyed 2,500 hectares and 5 houses on Sunday 9th February.

 

“It was a stark reminder that we all need to have a bushfire plan if we live in a rural area” said Dave Thompson, Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. “Not only in the bush area, but in the grasslands as well. This fire spread with such speed that waiting until the fire started was really too late” said Dave.

 

Given the proximity of the fire to the township of Riddells Creek, CFA have since received a number of enquiries from local residents for advice on how to prepare for similar fires in the future.

 

The session will last around 1 hour and will cover the essential things you and your family need to know about living in  high risk bushfire and grassfire areas.

 

Please note that CFA postpone all community meetings when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, so it would be worthwhile checking the Fire Danger Rating on the day.

 

Riddells Creek community digs deep to help fundraise for new fire truck - 20/02/2014

The sense of community in the town of Riddells Creek is stronger than ever after the Farmers Market helped raise over $25,000 for the brigade at last Saturday's market.

 

Fundraising to purchase a new $360,000 fire truck has been a long term project for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade and with only a further $30,000 left to go, the Farmers Market set out to make this their goal. 

 

It was because of the cohesiveness between the Farmers Market, the fire brigade and the vast array of community groups in Riddells Creek that an outstanding $25,000 was raised last weekend.

 

“The project to purchase a new fire truck has been 10 years in the making and thanks to the fantastic efforts of the local community, we are now able to purchase this vehicle to protect them 24/7” said Dave Thompson, Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. “It was an amazing effort in such a short time, with all the different community groups, especially the Farmers Market, coming together to raise the funds needed” said Dave. “The truck has now been ordered and will be in service before next summer to not only serve Riddells Creek, but help to protect many other nearby communities”.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade really appreciate the many kind donations and offers of support which we have received in the past 2 weeks. A special thank you goes to committee members Meagan Upsher, Amanda Johnston, Lisa Moore, Paul Upsher and Ali Bant.    

 

A sample photo of the new fire truck is shown below, along with photos of last weekends Farmers Market.

 

 

Riddells Creek grassfire (Dalrymple Road Fire) 5.00am UPDATE- 10/02/2014

The township of Riddells Creek came under threat from a fast moving grassfire yesterday as high temperatures and strong winds fanned a number of fires across the state.

 

At 11.43am yesterday morning the brigade initially responded to a grassfire at Dalrymple Road, Gisborne. Strong south westerly winds saw this fire travel very quickly in a north easterly direction towards Riddells Creek.

 

After crossing Settlement Road West and Riddell Road, the spread of the fire was halted at Campbells Road and Sutherlands Road in Riddells Creek. The fire is currently CONTAINED but further work will be done today to ensure all hot spots are extinguished.

 

Community Meetings: There are 2 community meetings being held to inform residents about the fire. Both are to be held today the 10th of February at the Riddells Creek Leisure Centre on Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek. The first meeting is at 2pm and will run for approximately an hour. The Second will be held at 6pm and again will run for approximately an hour.

There will be representatives from the CFA, Council, Police and Welfare agencies.

Please keep a watch on this page, the Emergency Vic website and our Facebook page for further information about community meetings. 

 

 

Photo looking over Cheriton Drive towards Sutherlands Road, Riddells Creek. Image courtesy of The Age

 

Emergency Warnings and Watch and Act messages were issued during the course of the fire but these were later downgraded as the fire activity subsided. An "ADVICE" message currently remains in place. For up to date information and advice on this fire, visit www.emergencyvic.com.au  

 

Losses: Early estimates indicate the fire burned 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres) of private property. There are unconfirmed reports that two(2) houses have been lost and a number of out buildings have also been destroyed.

 

Firefighting resources: At the peak of the fire fight, approximately 120 fire trucks were working to control the fire, along with firefighting aircraft which included "Delilah" the aircrane. A number of "strike teams" or task forces travelled significant distances to Riddells Creek, some of which included fire trucks from the MFB and DEPI.  

 

Road closures: A number of roads were closed during the fire, including the Calder FWY and Riddell Road. The Calder FWY is now open but with speed restrictions in place. Riddell Road and Campbells Road remain closed. For updates on road closures, visit: http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/    

Train services:

 

Emergency Relief Centres: An Emergency Relief Centre has been established at the Gisborne Community Centre, Hamilton Street Gisborne, for residents displaced by the fire. For more information about the relief centre, visit: http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au

 

Community Meetings: There are 2 community meetings being held to inform residents about the fire. Both are to be held today the 10th of February at the Riddells Creek Leisure Centre on Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek. The first meeting is at 2pm and will run for approximately an hour. The Second will be held at 6pm and again will run for approximately an hour.

There will be representatives from the CFA, Council, Police and Welfare agencies.

Please keep a watch on this page, the Emergency Vic website and our Facebook page for further information about community meetings. 

 

Other tips and advice: After yesterdays fire it is hard to know what to do. Firstly check yourselves, your property, any animals and also check in on your neighbours. Try to keep your regular routine and ask for help if it is needed.


The Riddells Creek fire brigade along with other brigades will be out through the fire zone again today blacking out any hot spots and ready to respond to any new fires if required.

 

If travelling through the fire zone (many roads still closed) please be mindful of livestock and animals on the roads. If you do not have a reason to be in the fire zone please remain away as you could hinder the efforts of the emergency services and locals trying to recover the area. As always if you see a fire call Triple Zero ( 000 ) and report it in the normal way. Please don't call for smoke in the area. 

 

TFB Double Whammy - 07/02/2014

At 10:45am this morning the CFA have declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole state for both Saturday the 8th of February and Sunday the 9th of February in site of the horrific weather conditions predicted and the resources committed at the current fires burning.

 

Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole State of Victoria. No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12:01 AM on Sat, 8 Feb 2014 until 11:59 PM Sun, 9 Feb 2014.

 

Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole State of Victoria. No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12:01 AM on Sat, 8 Feb 2014 until 11:59 PM Sun, 9 Feb 2014.

 

Everyone in the state of Victoria should be vigilant over the next 72 hours and aware of their own circumstances.

 

Please visit the CFA website for further information on Planning and Preparing.

 

Please visit the CFA website for further information on Restrictions and Bans

 

 

IMPORTANT FIRE WEATHER WARNING: - 06/02/2014

This weekend temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s with high winds (particularly Sunday) and low humidity. Fire ratings are expect to reach EXTREME during this period. You MUST ensure that you have prepared yourself and your family ahead of these conditions. Victoria will battle fires during this period. Don't be caught out unaware. Take action before a fire begins near you.

 

Please visit the CFA website for further information on planning and preparing.

 

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2014 - 2/2/2014

Monday 3rd February 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air until 11:59pm Monday 3rd February 2014.

 

Expected weather conditions tomorrow will see temperatures up to 36 degrees. These conditions will result in Very High Fire Danger in the Central district. For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - SUNDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2014 - 2/2/2014

Sunday 2nd February 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Central, North Central and South West fire weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12.01am on Sunday 2nd February until 11:59pm Sunday 2nd February 2014.

 

Expected weather conditions today will see temperatures up to 39 degrees. These conditions will result in Very High Fire Danger. For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - TUESDAY 28th JANUARY 2014 - 27/1/2014

Tuesday 28th January 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from 12.01am on Tuesday 28th January until 11:59pm Tuesday 28th January 2014.

 

Expected weather conditions tomorrow will see temperatures up to 39 degrees and strong northerly winds ahead of a gusty wind change later in the evening. These conditions will result in Severe Fire Danger. For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

Upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting in Riddells Creek- 16/01/2014

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend an upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting which will take place next Wednesday 22nd January, 7.30pm at the corner of Sandy Creek Road & Gyro Close.

 

Next weeks meeting follows a very successful meeting which saw over 52 residents come along last night to the Gap Road meeting.

 

The session will last around 1 hour and will cover the essential things you and your family need to know about living in a high bushfire risk areas. Like all of CFA's FireReady meetings, the meeting will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend should also BYO chair.

 

Please note that CFA postpone all community meetings when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, so it would be worthwhile checking the Fire Danger Rating on the day.

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - FRIDAY 17th JANUARY 2014 - 16/1/2014

Friday 17th January 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

The existing Total Fire Ban for today will remain in place tonight and no fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from until 11:59 PM Friday 17th January 2014.

 

Expected weather conditions tomorrow will see temperatures up to 44 degrees and strong northerly winds ahead of a gusty south westerly wind change later in the evening. These conditions will result in Severe Fire Danger. For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - THURSDAY 16th JANUARY 2014 - 15/1/2014

Thursday 16th January 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the whole state of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from until 11:59 PM Thursday 16th January 2014.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - WEDNESDAY 15th JANUARY 2014 - 14/1/2014

Wednesday 15th January 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, North Central, Central and the West and South Gippsland districts of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from until 11:59 PM Wednesday 15th January 2014.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - TUESDAY 14th JANUARY 2014 - 14/1/2014

Today, Tuesday 14th January 2014 been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, North Central, Central (includes Melbourne and Geelong) and the West and South Gippsland districts of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01 AM on Tuesday 14 January 2014 until 11:59 PM Tuesday 14 January 2014.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district tomorrow (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 43 degrees and this will result in Very High Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Very High Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

 

Upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meetings in Riddells Creek- 07/01/2014

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend one of two Bushfire Preparation Meetings which are taking place during the next 2 weeks.

 

The free bushfire information meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday 15th January - 7.30pm - Corner of Gap Road & Barclay Place

  • Wednesday 22nd January - 7.30pm - Corner of Sandy Creek Road & Gyro Close

The meetings will last around 1 hour and will cover the essential things you and your family need to know about living in a high bushfire risk areas. Like all of CFA's FireReady meetings, these meetings will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend should also BYO chair.

 

Please note that CFA postpone all community meetings when the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, so it would be worthwhile checking the Fire Danger Rating on the day of either of these meetings.

 

 

2013 News

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - SATURDAY 28th DECEMBER 2013 - 27/12/2013

Saturday 28th December has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the most of Victoria, including the CENTRAL fire weather district.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01 AM on Saturday 28 December 2013 until 11:59 PM Saturday 28 December 2013.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district tomorrow (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to exceed 38 degrees and strong west to north westerly winds will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

Santa is coming to town on Christmas Eve - 24/12/2013

Santa will be teaming up with firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade tonight (Christmas Eve) as he travels around in a fire truck to visit all of the children in and around the town. 

 

Parents should be advised that this years annual Santa run will commence from 3.00pm on Christmas Eve and is likely to conclude at approximately 6.00pm. During this time, Santa and his team of helpers will endeavour to visit all of the roads and streets within Riddells Creek. If required, further details on Santa's journey around the town can be sought by calling the fire station on 5428 6000.

 

Fire Restrictions commenced Monday 23rd December 2013 - 23/12/2013

As of 1am on Monday 23rd December, fire restrictions came into effect across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council municipalities. Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council is now prohibited. Unless removed earlier, restrictions will be in place until 1 May 2014.

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide. 

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.

 

 

 

Fire Restrictions set to commence Monday 23rd December, 2013 - 14/12/2013

As of 1am on Monday 23rd December, fire restrictions will come into effect across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council municipalities. Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council will be prohibited from Monday 23rd onwards.

 

Residents in the Macedon Ranges should also familiarise themselves with the shires new Local Laws which came into effect on October 1st this year which places a year-round restriction on burning off in the open air on properties less than 1 acre (4000 square meters).

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide. 

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.
 

 

Mobile training props offer our fire-fighters the chance to undertake hot fire training   - 9/12/2013

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade will be home to one of CFA's mobile training props for the next 8 weeks.

The portable training container is one of three mobile training props designed to replicate a fire in various training scenarios including a car fire in an open garage; a house training prop that features a kitchen and lounge room; and the third unit which imitates a small industrial scenario.

The prop has been allocated to the Mount Macedon Fire Brigades Group for the next eight weeks and will be used by various fire brigades during this period.

 

 

  

 

Brigade members honoured at National Medal ceremony - 30/11/2013

Six fire-fighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were awarded the National Medal at a special ceremony at the fire station this afternoon.

 

CFA board members Michael Tudball AFSM and Peter Harmsworth AO attended the ceremony to award the medals to our six very worthy, long-serving volunteers which included (pictured L to R below);

  • Nick Tschuck

  • Chris McColley

  • Toby Tresise

  • Dawn Ciechomski

  • Terri Boydle

  • Peter Gossip

The National Medal is Australia's most awarded civilian medal and recognises long and diligent service of at least 15 years.

 

 

  

 

Drop in to say hello this Sunday  - 22/11/2013

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade will be one of over 200 CFA brigades which will open its doors to the public this Sunday, November 24th. If you weren't able to drop by to the Bushfire & Emergency Services Expo last weekend, you're welcome to make a visit this Sunday from 10am to 12pm.

 

Whether you have a general interest in the equipment and work which we perform, or whether you would like to know more about how to volunteer with CFA, don't hesitate to visit us.

 

More information on "CFA Sunday"  is available from www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/cfa-sunday/ 

 

 

Bushfire & Emergency Services Expo less than 4 weeks away - 23/10/2013

Planning for the 2013 Bushfire and Emergency Services Expo is in full swing and members of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are busily preparing for yet another successful expo.

 

This year's expo will take place on Sunday 17th November at the Riddells Creek Primary School from 10am to 3pm. "The devastating NSW bushfires which have occurred during the past week should serve as an important reminder to all people living in the Macedon Ranges of the risks of bushfire" said Dean Anderson, Community Safety Manager for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. "People living in the Macedon Ranges are encouraged to learn from what we're witnessing in NSW and take the chance to get along to this years expo" said Dean.

 

The annual expo is believed to be the only one of its kind in Victoria where the public can have access to everything they need to plan and prepare for bushfire.

 

Further details about this years expo can be sourced from www.riddellcfa.com/expo.htm 

 

 

Fire-fighters from Riddells Creek & Macedon Ranges head north to NSW bushfires - 23/10/2013

As the NSW bushfire crisis intensified last week, fire-fighters from the Macedon Ranges answered the call for help. A CFA strike team comprising fire trucks and fire-fighters from District 2 (which includes Riddells Creek) headed for NSW on Friday and by Saturday, these crews were tasked with the role of back burning.

 

After battling the fires for three days, the initial CFA fire crews prepared to head home early this week and by Monday a fresh team of fire-fighters from Riddells Creek, Gisborne, Mt Macedon and Woodend flew to Sydney to take over.

 

 Today's dangerous weather conditions saw our local fire-fighters positioned at Hartley Vale, near Lithgow, on stand by to protect life and property. It's expected that this crew will return home on Friday. 

 

   

 

New Macedon Ranges Local Law No.10 sees tougher restrictions on burning off - 22/10/2013

Earlier this month the Macedon Ranges Shire Council introduced a new set of Local Laws (Local Law No. 10). The new set of laws covers a range of activities that impact on the amenity of our community, such as animal keeping, activities on roads and streets, consumption of alcohol in public places, street furniture, and in particular...burning off and lighting fires.

 

One of the major changes to these laws sees an all-year-round restriction placed on lighting fires in the open air on properties smaller than 1 acre (4,000 square meters).  The new law which was enacted on 1st October 2013 states that residents living in the Macedon Ranges "...must not, without a permit, light a fire in the open air on land, including in an incinerator, where the land size is less than 4,000 square metres".

 

However in a media release issued by council today, the new burning off restrictions that were recently introduced will be lifted during the month of November for those residents living on land less than 4,000 square metres. This will enable landowners to prepare their property for the fire season

 

A copy of the new local law can be found on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website.

 

Focus on fire safety in the kitchen - 10/07/2013

Now that we've approached the middle of winter, the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are placing added emphasis on the risk of house fires.

 

3,800 house fires occurred across Victoria last year and over 42% of these started in the kitchen.

 

Some simple fire safety precautions which we can all take to reduce the risk of kitchen fires include...

  • Never leave cooking unattended;

  • Purchase a fire blanket and fire extinguisher and install them in easily accessible locations. Try to  avoid falling into the trap of leaving them in their packaging or storing them in hard-to-find places.

Further information about home fire safety can be found at www.homefiresafety.com.au

 

 

Fire-fighters welcome safety enhancements made to one of our fire trucks - 10/07/2013

After being away for nearly 4 weeks receiving safety upgrades, the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade welcomed the return of one of its front line fire trucks on Friday.

Our "Pumper Tanker" (pictured below) received a protective spray system, heat shielding panels and protective heat curtains inside the cabin as a part of a state wide program to retrofit these safety features to over 900 CFA fire trucks across Victoria.

Since 2006, these safety features have been a standard inclusion in CFA's new fire tankers. These features were credited for saving the lives of a number of CFA fire-fighters who's trucks became trapped during the 2009 Black Saturday Fires.
As a result of the investigations into those trucks which became entrapped, it was recommended that all pre-2006 fire trucks be retrofitted to a similar safety standard. 

 

 

   

 

 

Fire-fighters efforts recognised at our annual 'night of nights' - the Mid Year dinner - 10/07/2013

A number of our volunteer members were recognised for their ongoing contribution to the CFA at our annual mid-year dinner recently. On Friday 28th June, over 60 people attended our annual dinner and were treated to a lovely three course meal at the Riddells Creek Hotel.

 

Those members who had made a significant contribution to the brigade during the past year were congratulated with the following awards:  

  • Daniel Gauci - Fire-fighter of the year

  • Steve Taylor - Recruit fire-fighter of the year

  • Michelle Tinworth - 1st Lieutenants encouragement award

We would also like to congratulate the following members who received a long service award:

  • Don Clark - 30 year long service medal

  • Peter Gossip - 30 year long service medal

  • Tom Morley - 10 year long service medal

  • Lachlan White - 5 year Certificate of Service

 

Take care while drying clothes indoors this winter - 12/06/2013

During the next few months the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade will be placing added emphasis on the risk of house fires.

 

3,800 house fires occurred across Victoria last year and the most common causes included:

  • Accidents or distractions from cooking in the kitchen;

  • Fireplace and heater related accidents;

  • Electrical faults;

"As we progress deeper into the winter months, many families will have no option than to dry their clothes indoors" said brigade Community Safety Manager Dean Anderson. "Particular attention should be given to ensuring that clothes drying racks are placed no closer than 1m from heaters or fire places". Additionally, people should always clean the lint filter in their dryer every time they use it.

 

Further information about home fire safety can be found at www.homefiresafety.com.au    

  

 

 

 

Planned burn off notification: Railway line near Sutherlands Road / Websters Road - 25/04/2013

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade wishes to advise that a planned b urn off will take place along the rail reserve near Websters Road and Sutherlands Road  this Saturday, 27th April.

 

At the request of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the brigade will be conducting the ecological burn off between 2pm and 5pm this Saturday (weather permitting). Nearby residents and road users could expect to see smoke coming from from this area during these times.

 

 

One man dies after ute and truck collide on Kilmore Road  - 18/04/2013

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were called to the scene of a nasty collision involving a ute and truck this morning on Kilmore Road between Yaamba Road and Mt Eliza Road.

 

Firefighters from Riddells Creek and Bolinda-Monegeetta were called to the accident just before 9.20am and joined forces with police, ambulance and SES personnel to treat the injured. Unfortunately one man died at the scene after a truck collided with the ute he was driving. A further car was also involved in the crash.

 

Kilmore Road was closed for almost 11 hours while Victoria Police personnel investigated the cause of the crash. CFA personnel also remained in attendance at the scene for the 11 hour period until the vehicles could be towed away at around 8pm. [Photo below courtesy of the Herald Sun]

 

 

 

Supermarket damaged after early morning fire - 17/04/2013

Residents of Riddells Creek woke to the news this morning that the Foodworks supermarket had been damaged by fire overnight.

 

CFA crews from Riddells Creek, Gisborne and Sunbury were called to a fire within the supermarket shortly before 3am this morning.

 

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly and then shifted their attention to ventilating smoke from the building. 5 fire trucks and a Breathing Apparatus support vehicle from Sunbury were at the scene until around 4.30am.

 

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and is currently being investigated by Victoria Police.

 

Riddells Creek Fire Brigade join forces to support Riddells Creek Football and Netball Club - 13/04/2013

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade today joined forces with the Riddells Creek Football and Netball Club to cheer on their teams in the opening round of the 2013 season.

 

An invitation to the brigade to attend the Round 1 clash against Diggers Rest was generously made by club president Jason Allen.

 

A team of five of our fire-fighters took up the invitation and were there to cheer on the Under 18's, Reserves and Senior football teams as they took on Diggers Rest. Throughout the day we were well looked after by everyone at the club and made to feel very welcome.

 

Fortunately all three football teams were able to secure a win but our crew managed to miss the second half of the seniors match after being called to attend an out of control burn off near New Gisborne.

 

Despite having to leave in a hurry, we would like to extend a big thank you to Jason Allen and everyone at the Riddells Creek Football & Netball Club for your hospitality and support. More information about the club can be gained by visiting the club website at www.riddell.sportingpulse.net or check out the club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riddellfnc

 

 

    

 

 

Fire Restrictions end across Macedon Ranges on Monday 8th April, 2013 - 10/04/2013

As of 1am Monday 8th April, fire restrictions across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council came to an end for the 2012/2013 summer period.

 

Fire Restrictions across Hume City Council will end at 1.00am on Monday 15th April 2013.

 

Permanent, year-round council by-laws relating to the use of fire for burning off will remain in place so once the fire restrictions are lifted but before deciding to light a burn off, residents are advised to understand the relevant council by-laws. Click here to visit our Fire Restrictions page.

 

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Riddells Creek Fire Brigade helps raise over $2000 for Royal Children's Hospital - 29/03/2013

Volunteer firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade helped to raise a total of $2172 towards this years Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Volunteers today gave up their time to collect donations from shoppers at Webbers Garden Centre and the Riddells Creek Bakery. This effort could not have been made possible if it weren't for the ongoing support from the team at Webbers, the dedication of our volunteers and the shoppers who gave up their loose change on the day.  

 

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When you Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery - 27/3/2013

Victoria’s fire services, together with Duracell batteries, are urging all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday 7th April as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries campaign.

 

A new fire safety survey has found 38 per cent of Victorian/Tasmanian family homes have only one smoke alarm installed and 28 per cent sometimes disconnect their smoke alarm or take out batteries to prevent false alarms.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade respond to house fires on more than one occasion each year and in many cases, the homeowners had been made aware of the fires thanks to a working smoke alarm. "Having a working smoke alarm is such a simple life-saving device" said Dean Anderson, brigade Community Safety Manager. "Taking a moment to change the battery over on April 7th may only take a few minutes, but making the time to do this could save the lives of you and your family".  

 

For more information on the recommendations for smoke alarm usage  visit www.changeyourbattery.com.au. If you require assistance changing your smoke alarm battery, please don't hesitate to call us on 5428 6000.

 

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN - Wednesday 27th March 2013 - 26/3/2013

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, Central and North Central districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01AM on Wednesday 27th March 2013 until 11:59PM Wednesday 27th March, 2013.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 34 degrees but strong northerly winds gusting up to 60km/hr will result in Severe Fire Danger in this area.

 

For further advice on what to do on days of Severe Fire Danger, please visit the CFA website

 

Farmers Market helps raise over $1000 towards our new fire truck - 17/3/2013

Shoppers at yesterdays monthly Farmers Market have collectively helped to raise over $1000 towards our current fundraising effort to purchase a new fire truck. The Riddells Creek Farmers Market committee generously dedicated this months market to the fire brigade once they learned of our current initiative.

 

Committee members Lisa Moor, Amanda Johnson and Meagan Upsher were the driving force behind the idea and together they helped to advertise the market, organise raffle prizes and collect the proceeds from stallholders.

 

Lisa, Amanda and Meagan (pictured below) met with Captain Dave Thompson this morning to officially hand over the proceeds from yesterdays market.

 

All of us at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are extremely grateful for the lengths that the Farmers Market went to in order to raise awareness about our truck campaign. Our gratitude also extends to those who bought a raffle ticket or made a donation on the day.     

 

Yesterdays market also saw a guest appearance from "Beeper", the Smoke Alarm, who took the chance to remind shoppers to change their smoke alarm battery at the end of daylight savings this year. 

 

 

    

 

 

We need your support to help purchase a new fire truck - 21/2/2013

Readers of this years brigade newsletter will be aware that over the past few years we have been working really hard to fundraise for a new brigade owned fire truck, a 4WD Medium Tanker (pictured below).  This fire truck will increase our capacity to respond to fires within our local area & to also support our immediate neighbouring brigades.

With an additional fire truck available in the event of major bushfires, the brigade will be in a better position to maintain excellent fire coverage to our local area.   

To date we have been able to raise a considerable amount of money thanks to your help, however the purchase price remains just out of reach and we’re seeking donations to help us reach our target.

Click here to find out more or to make a donation to our current fundraising initiative.

 

 

Bushfire Update - "Bullengarook - Walsh Road" fire: Saturday 4.45pm - 16/2/2013

CFA and DSE firefighters are currently trying to gain access to a small bushfire burning in the Pyrites  forest near Walsh Road, Bullengarook.

 

11 CFA fire trucks and 2 DSE fire crews have assembled at the Bullengarook fire station and a request for firefighting aircraft has also been made. 

 

An "Advice" warning is in place for residents in the Bullengarook and Gisborne areas. Please seek further information and advice from the following sources...

  • Visit the CFA website for further advice and updates: www.cfa.vic.gov.au

  • Phone the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667

  • Tune into ABC local radio on 774 AM, or designated commercial or community radio stations for further updates.

Bushfire Update - "Kerrie Collerys Lane" fire - Tuesday 6.30am - 12/2/2013

CFA is scaling down its commitment to the Kerrie Collerys Lane which has been burning near Kerrie since Saturday afternoon. The fire has now been contained thanks to favourable weather conditions yesterday and the hard work put in by over 100 CFA and DSE firefighters to strengthen control lines around the fire.

 

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade had committed one of its firefighting tankers and its 4WD control vehicle to the fire since it first began on Saturday and thankfully these vehicles returned home to Riddells Creek at 8pm last night.

 

CFA will be holding a Community Information Meeting at the Romsey Community Hub/Library, Main Street Romsey at 6pm tonight (Tuesday 12th February).   

 

 

Bushfire Update - "Kerrie Collerys Lane" fire: Monday 6.00am - 11/2/2013

CFA and DSE crews will work throughout the day today to strengthen control lines around the Kerrie Collerys Lane fire burning near Kerrie and Romsey. CFA firefighters from Riddells Creek have been in attendance at the 60 hectare bushfire since it began late on Saturday afternoon and continue to provide assistance for both day and night shift deployments.

 

Yesterdays windy weather saw fire behaviour intensify within the perimeter of the fire and a spot fire near Kerrie Valley Road and Shannons Lane burned up to 8 hectares before being controlled. As a result of this spot fire, CFA issued a Watch and Act warning to residents in this area late yesterday afternoon.  

 

 

Bushfire Update - "Kerrie Collerys Lane" fire: Saturday 11.55pm - 9/2/2013

We are pleased to advise that the "Advice" warning for Kerrie Collerys Lane fire has been revoked for the area of Riddells Creek, but still remains in place for the communities of Hesket, Kerrie and Rochford.

 

CFA and DSE firefighters will continue to work through the night to bring the fire under control.

 

Bushfire Update - "Kerrie Collerys Lane" fire: Saturday 9.00pm - 9/2/2013

CFA and DSE firefighters will  work throughout the night to control a fire burning in bushland near the intersection of Romsey Road and Kerrie Valley Road, Kerrie. The fire is currently estimated to have burnt up to 60 hectares of bushland after staring at 4.30pm this afternoon.

 

At the peak of the fire fight, approximately 40 CFA and DSE vehicles worked to contain the fire, along with 4 aircraft (including the Erikson Aircrane from Ballarat). The aircraft have now left the fire for the evening due to poor visibility and two bulldozers will now work throughout the evening to construct a control line around the perimeter of the fire. Some of the 35 CFA appliances are now beginning to return home but a number of resources will remain at the fire overnight.

 

A"Watch and Act" warning remains in place for this fire for residents in Kerrie, Cherokee and Riddells Creek and residents should keep informed throughout the evening via any of the following methods...

  • Visit the CFA website for further advice and updates: www.cfa.vic.gov.au

  • Phone the Victorian Bushfire Information line on 1800 240 667

  • Tune into ABC local radio on 774 AM, or designated commercial or community radio stations for further updates.

The photo was taken from the Bolinda-Monegeetta area at approximately 7.30pm this evening.

 

 

 

KERRIE - RIDDELLS CREEK FIRE UPDATE: 5.50pm - 9/2/2013

CFA are currently working to control a bushfire burning near Kerrie Valley Road, Kerrie. As at 5.40pm, 25 fire trucks are working with aircraft to contain the fire which is burning in bushland in private property.

 

For further advice and updates, please visit the CFA website or phone the bushfire information line on 1800 240 667.

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.

If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

- See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/about-fire-danger-ratings/#sthash.o5J013Ya.dpuf
Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.

If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

- See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/about-fire-danger-ratings/#sthash.o5J013Ya.dpuf

 

 

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.

If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

- See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/about-fire-danger-ratings/#sthash.o5J013Ya.dpuf
Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - check your bushfire survival plan.

If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.

Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

- See more at: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/about-fire-danger-ratings/#sthash.o5J013Ya.dpuf

Brigade saddened by the passing of one of its own members - Geoff Thorpe - 15/1/2013

 

It is with great sadness that the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade advises the death of brigade member Geoff Thorpe.

After a brief but brave battle with cancer, Geoff passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday (11/01/2013) with his family by his side.

Geoff joined the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade in 2006 and since then has been a valued firefighter and contributor to the brigade and the local community. Geoff was one of our valued and respected volunteers who was always willing to put his hand up to do those often thankless tasks. His commitment and loyalty to his fellow CFA colleagues is something which we will always remember him for.  

 

A funeral service will be held this Friday, 18/1/2013 at 11am at the Church of England, Melvins Road, Riddells Creek.

 

On behalf of the members of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade, we offer our deepest sympathies to wife Julie and to Geoff's family and friends.

 

2012 News

 

Fire Restrictions commenced Monday 10th December 2012 - 14/12/2012

As of 1am on Monday 10th December, fire restrictions came into effect across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council municipalities. Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council is now prohibited. 

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide. 

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.

 

Windy weather fans grassfire near Clarkefield - 9/12/2012

CFA fire fighters from Riddells Creek and surrounding fire brigades were called to a 2 hectare grassfire on Melbourne-Lancefield Road south of Clarkefield this afternoon.

 

The fire started in private property near Clarke Court shortly after 2.30pm and upon the initial arrival of fire fighters from the Sunbury and Clarkefield fire brigades shortly after, it was evident that additional fire crews would be required to gain control of the fire.

 

A total of 19 CFA fire trucks worked to contain the fire which was being fanned by strong winds. Fire fighters were called upon from Sunbury, Clarkefield, Riddells Creek, Wildwood, Bolinda-Monegeetta, Bulla, Greenvale, Craigieburn, Diggers Rest and Toolern Vale.

 

Today's grass fire reinforced the high risk of grassfires that will exist this summer. Today wasn't overly hot, but the strong wind certainly increases the speed and intensity at which grassfires can travel. 

 

      

 

6 people lucky to survive car accident near Monegeetta  - 8/12/2012

CFA, SES, Police and Ambulance crews responded to a nasty two vehicle car accident at the intersection of Kilmore Road and Mt Eliza Road near Monegeetta shortly after 12.15pm this afternoon. 

Upon arrival, emergency services were confronted with a family people mover laying on its side and leaning against another vehicle in the middle of the intersection. The people mover was carrying a family of 5 at the time of the accident and despite the vehicle rolling a number of times before coming to rest, all of the occupants were able to climb free from the vehicle prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

 

The driver of the other vehicle required further assistance from SES and Ambulance Victoria personnel in order to be freed from the wreckage. Paramedics treated 4 people at the scene before transporting them with non-life threatening injuries to the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s hospitals.

 

In what is a notorious time of the year for serious road accidents, all road users are reminded to take it easy and concentrate when travelling to and from Christmas and New Year celebrations over the coming weeks. 

 

   

 

A new place to hang our protective clothing  - 22/09/2012 

22 fire fighters at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade now have a new location to store their protective clothing, thanks to the efforts of a number of volunteers who took part in a  refurbishment project completed today. 

Earlier this year, volunteer fire fighters at the brigade took part in a survey to investigate ways in which the storage of their personal protective clothing (PPC) could be improved.

 

While nearly half of the members of the brigade were able to store their uniform in a designated storage room, it was identified that the remaining fire fighters experienced difficulties in being able to neatly hang and dry their uniform in their former storage area and so the project to improve this storage area was born.

 

The project began by decommissioning the former locker-style storage system, as well as the refurbishment of two existing clothing racks that had been donated to the brigade a number of years ago. To enable the clothing racks to be transformed into something which would could hang 2 x helmets, 2 x jackets and 2 x pairs of protective pants for each firefighter, MAAB Constructions manufactured purpose-built storage hooks which were fitted to the refurbished racks. 

 

The project wouldn't  have been possible without the money donated annually by the Riddells Creek community. Thanks to your generous support, a number of our firefighters will now find it quicker and easier to get dressed when responding to the call for help.       

 

   

Three drivers lucky to survive car accident on Riddell Road - 27/07/2012 

Three drivers were lucky to have survived a nasty car accident involving three vehicles on Riddell Road near Palmer Road this afternoon. Police, Ambulance, CFA and SES crews were responded to the accident shortly after 2.45pm and once on scene, all agencies worked together to treat the injured and clear the  road. 

 

One of the vehicles involved in the collision was found to have two LPG tanks fitted beneath the car's chassis and concerns were held over the integrity of the cylinders. In order to prepare the vehicle for towing, a crew of specialist firefighters from the Gisborne Fire Brigade were called upon to assess the condition of the LPG cylinders.     

 

 

 

 New financial year marks the beginning of a new leadership team - 01/07/2012

Today marked the beginning of a new era for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade with a number of changes taking place to composition of the brigades management team (or BMT). The CFA requires all fire brigades to elect their team of officers and managers on a two-yearly basis and the results of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade elections held during April 2012 can be summarised as follows:

  • Captain: Dave Thompson

  • 1st Lieutenant: Martin Leitch

  • 2nd Lieutenant: Jo Thompson

  • 3rd Lieutenant: Tom Morley

  • 4th Lieutenant: Michael Hemingway

  • Communications Officer: Ben McConville

  • Secretary: Dawn Ciechomski

  • Treasurer: Ruary Bucknall

  • Community Safety Manager: Dean Anderson

  • Training Manager: Jason Males

  • Equipment Manager: Marcus Bootle

  • Catering & Support Manager: Louise Hemingway

  • FEM Officer: Don Clark

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and acknowledge the efforts of former Captain Toby Tresise and former Lieutenants Nick Tschuck and Chris McColley for the many years of leadership which these members selflessly devoted to the brigade and to the Riddells Creek community over the years. 

 

Acknowledgement should also be given to those other volunteer members who have stepped down from their former managerial roles within the brigade and we wish the new team of officers, managers and leaders all the very best for the next two years ahead.    

 

Pilot lucky to be alive after plane crash in Riddells Creek - 17/04/2012

A 66 year old pilot is lucky to be alive after his ultralight plane crashed into a remote gorge near Riddells Creek this afternoon.

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were called to the reported plane crash near Websters Road shortly after 1.45pm today after an eyewitness reported seeing the plane plummet from around 1000ft in the air and crash into a steep gorge south of Riddell Airfield. It is believed the home-made, single-seater aircraft had just taken off from the Riddell Airfield only moments earlier.  

On arrival at the airfield, emergency service personnel desperately tried to locate the scene of the crash site and before long, the wreck was located on the south side of the gorge near Palmers Road. Accessing the crash site from the north side of the gorge would prove to be difficult so in order to reach the scene as quickly as possible, the Sunbury Fire Brigade were called upon to approach the crash from the south.

Vehicle access to the crash site was also limited due to the steep, rocky terrain and the likelihood that the larger emergency vehicles could become bogged in the softer ground conditions near the bottom of the gorge. To overcome the access issues and to reduce the risk of fire, an Ultralight Tanker from the Bullengarook Fire Brigade was responded.

“This incident highlights the challenge of responding to aircraft accidents in difficult terrain. After encountering some difficulty while trying to locate the crash site, we were limited in the type of vehicles that could access the site” said Lieutenant Martin Leitch from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. 

CFA, SES, Police and Ambulance personnel worked together to free the pilot from the wreckage before treating the 66 year old for head and wrist injuries. The patient was then flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Lieutenant Leitch added “This incident was a great example of how seamlessly the emergency services can work together towards achieving a common goal. In this case we had a successful result with the pilot surviving what could have been a very serious accident”.

Riddell Airfield is one of two major airfields which are located within the response area serviced by the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. Given the high number of aircraft which fly into and out of these airfields each year, firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are all too familiar with responding to aircraft incidents. Over the years, there have been several serious aircraft crashes in the area and as such, a number of firefighters from the brigade received specialist aircraft-accident training during 2009.  

(Photos below are courtesy of the Macedon Ranges Weekly)

   

Smoke alarm saves family from Gisborne house fire - 12/04/2012

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were called upon to assist the Gisborne, Macedon and Sunbury Fire Brigades at a large house fire in Bruce Court Gisborne at around 6am this morning. A Gisborne family of 4 were lucky to escape unharmed thanks to the working smoke alarm which alerted them to the fire.

 

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the house was fully consumed by fire and flames could be seen coming through the roof of the building. Unfortunately there was little that CFA crews could do to save the double storey home.

 

Firefighters remained on scene throughout the morning to extinguish the remaining hotspots and to assist with the investigation into the cause of the fire. 

   

(Photo courtesy of the Herald Sun)

 

 

Riddells Creek Fire Brigade helps raise money for Royal Children's Hospital - 6/04/2012

Volunteer firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade helped to raise over $1800 towards this years Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Volunteers today gave up their time to collect donations from shoppers at Webbers Garden Centre and the Riddells Creek Bakery. This effort could not have been made possible if it weren't for the ongoing support from the team at Webbers, the dedication of our volunteers and the shoppers who gave up their loose change on the day.  

 

 

Did you change you smoke alarm battery when you changed your clock on Sunday morning? - 3/04/2012

During the late hours of Saturday night and early Sunday morning, all Victorians will no doubt have taken a moment to adjust their clocks to mark the end of daylight savings. But how many homeowners took this opportunity to change their smoke alarm battery? 

 

Now that daylight savings has ended for the 2011/2012 summer, all home owners should have already changed their smoke alarm batteries to ensure that these lifesaving devices will alert them in the event that there is a fire in their home.

 

There are around 11,000 house fires across Australia each year but unfortunately around 50 people die as a result of these fires. Working smoke alarms can provide a vital early warning of a fire in your home. A family in Riddells Creek were recently woken at 4am to the sound of their smoke alarm operating. A fire in their hot-water service caused the alarm to sound and gave the family enough time to leave the building and dial 000. The outcome could have been very different if the smoke detector hadn't alerted them of the fire. More details about changing your smoke alarm battery can be found at www.changeyourbattery.com.au  

 

A serious car accident marks the end of a busy day for Riddells Creek - 2/04/2012

Volunteer firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were kept busy today after being responded to 3 separate emergencies in the space of 12 hours. Firefighters from Riddells Creek were called to the Gisborne IGA supermarket shortly before 6.30am this morning to investigate a plume of smoke in the building. Three fire crews from the Gisborne Fire Brigade investigated the cause of the smoke and determined the source to be coming from the plant room. By 1.40pm, our firefighters were heading back to Gisborne to investigate a smoke detector which was operating at the Oaks Nursing home. 

 

Firefighters from the Bolinda-Monegeetta and Riddells Creek fire brigades then attended the scene of a car accident on the Melbourne-Lancefield Road near Clarkefield at around 6.15pm this evening. Police, ambulance and SES personnel were also at the scene. Three vehicles had collided near the Bolinda bridge and the occupants from one of the vehicles had to be cut from the wreckage. Traffic on the Melbourne-Lancefield  had to be diverted along Websters Road while emergency crews treated the occupants of the vehicles and cleared the scene.    

 

Fire Restrictions end on Monday 19th March 2012 - 17/03/2012

As of 1am Monday 19th March, fire restrictions across the Macedon Ranges and Hume City Council areas will come to an end for the 2011/2012 summer period. Healthy rainfall during late February and early March has helped to increase moisture levels in the grass and forest fuels across most of Victoria which in turn, has lead to the earlier than anticipated end to the fire season. 

 

Permanent, year-round council by-laws relating to the use of fire for burning off will remain in place so once the fire restrictions are lifted but before deciding to light a burn off, residents are advised to understand the relevant council by-laws. Click here to visit our Fire Restrictions page.

 

Local fire-fighters lend a hand at hazardous chemical leak at Portland - 21/2/2012

Fire-fighters from the Riddells Creek, Macedon and Woodend fire brigades today returned home from a two-day deployment to a hazardous materials emergency near Portland. At approximately 2.45pm on Saturday afternoon, the Portland Fire Brigade were responded to a leak from a 300 tonne liquid pitch tank located at the Port of Portland in the state’s south-west. Liquid pitch is a bitumen substance that is heated to 200c. 

The magnitude of emergency and the threat that the chemical leak could pose to nearby residents, businesses and the environment was soon realised and before long, the severity of the emergency had been escalated to such an extent that specialist emergency services resources and personnel would soon be called  to assist from all over Victoria.

As the emergency entered its second and third day, a request was made to the fire brigades in the Macedon Ranges area to provide additional fire-fighters who have been trained in the use of Breathing Apparatus (BA). 2 fire-fighters from Riddells Creek answered the call for help and returned home this evening.

 

   

 

Grass fire threatens home in Tranter Close  - 14/2/2012

8 fire appliances and up to 30 fire-fighters battled to save a home from a grass fire at Tranter Close near Kilmore Road this evening. The emergency call for a fire in a paddock was received at around 5.25pm and when fire-fighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade arrived shortly after, a request was made for additional fire crews to be responded from the nearby Bolinda, Gisborne, Clarkefield and Hesket-Kerrie fire brigades.

 

The swift action taken by the initial crews prevented the fire from damaging a nearby home and contained the fire to an area of approximately 2 acres. The cause of the fire is being investigated by police. 

 

Are you prepared for bushfire this summer? Now's the time to prepare!  - 30/1/2012

A Fire Ready Victoria meeting will take place at the Tree Tops scout camp on Thursday 9th February from 7.30pm. The meeting will provide a snapshot of CFA's key advice to landowners who live in high fire risk areas while also addressing the importance of preparing your property and developing a written bushfire survival plan. The township of Riddells Creek has been identified as one of Victoria's high fire risk areas and as a result of the recent hot and dry weather, the threat of bushfire to an area like this cannot be ignored.

 

Residents who live in the township itself, or on the outskirts of Riddells Creek are urger to prepare for bushfire by developing a written Bushfire Survival Plan. Each summer, CFA deliver a range of community education programs to assist residents in preparing for bushfire or grassfire and the upcoming Fire Ready Victoria meeting is an example of one of these programs.

 

For further information about the meeting or to address any other questions and bushfire preparation and planning, please contact Dean Anderson at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade on 0401-080-369 or email dean.anderson@members.cfa.vic.gov.au

 

Fire-fighters quickly extinguish grass fire on Australia Day- 26/1/2012

At 12.30pm today, fire-fighters from the Riddells Creek and Gisborne fire brigades responded to a grass fire at a property on Campbells Road, Riddells Creek. The small fire was extinguished soon after the arrival of the fire brigade and these efforts prevented the spread of the fire to nearby properties. 

 

Works being carried out in dry grass was determined to be the cause of the fire. This fire, combined with the recent hot weather, should come as a reminder to all Victorian residents that fire restrictions are now in force in most areas of the state and that these restrictions place limitations on what types of machinery, vehicles and tools can be operated during the Fire Danger Period. 

  

A number of provisions exist when carrying out these kind of works during the summer months, so before you get out there to slash your paddock, use a grinder or welder or even start the chainsaw, check the details of  these restrictions in the online copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide

 

 

Fire-fighters practice their pumping skills - 8/1/2012

As we get further into the summer months, the risk of bushfire and grassfire becomes all the more real and with this, comes the need for our local fire-fighters to ensure that their practical and theoretical skills are up to date and well rehearsed.

 

Fire-fighters from Riddells Creek today spent a few hours during their weekly training timeslot to practice the process known as 'Draughting' which involves pumping water from a lake, dam or swimming pool. 

 

Most fires which occur in the town area can often be extinguished by sourcing  water from the network of fire hydrants, but in the more rural areas of Riddells Creek, fire hydrants are few and far between and with this comes the need to be able to fill up the fire trucks from static sources of water. 

 

Volunteer fire-fighters from Riddells Creek practice their skills (such as draughting on this occasion)  from 10am to 12.30pm every Sunday morning to ensure that they can perform these tasks safely, efficiently and effectively when responding to real fires or emergencies. Click below to view some of the photos taken at today's training session.    

 

      

 

2011 News

 

Fire Restrictions commenced Monday 26th December 2011 - 26/12/2011

As of 1am this morning, fire restrictions for across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council came into force. Residents from Riddells Creek and the surrounding areas are reminded that burning off in the open air without a written permit from the council is now prohibited. 

 

In addition to the regulations relating to burning off, there are also a number of other restrictions that apply during the coming summer months and details relating to these restrictions can be found in a copy of CFA's Can I or Can't I guide

 

For more information about fire restrictions, visit the CFA website or click here to access our Fire Restrictions page.

 

Santa departs Riddells Creek early on Christmas Eve - 24/12/2011

Due to the rain and lightning which gripped Riddells Creek earlier this evening, unfortunately Santa had no option but to abort his annual drive around the town to hand out bags of lollies. The safety of Santa and his helpers was paramount in making the decision to call off the tour around the town shortly after 4pm this evening. 

Santa apologises for needing to head off earlier than expected and assures us that he looks forward to coming back again this time next year though. 

 

Sunbury Grassfire sparks the beginning of a dangerous grassfire season - 7/12/2011

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were called upon to help battle a grassfire on Vineyard Road near Sunbury this afternoon. The fire, which started at around 4pm, soon took hold and additional fire trucks were called upon to stop the spread of the fire.

 

At the peak of the firefight, up to 15 fire trucks from around the local area were battling the fire.

Firefighters from Sunbury, Diggers Rest, Wildwood, Clarkefield, Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Greenvale, Bulla and Toolern Vale were able to prevent any property damage and managed to contain the fire to the paddock. 

 

Traffic on Vineyard Road was closed in both directions during the fire. A selection of photos from the fire have been included below (Click each photo to enlarge). 

 

   

 

Bushfire Education Day 2011 - 19/11/2011

Despite the rainy weather, up to 100 residents from around the Macedon Ranges took the chance to visit Bushfire Education Day at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade today. The day featured a number of short, bushfire safety presentations, as well as two Fire Ready meetings. The annual event is an integral part of brigades bushfire safety program to the Riddells Creek community. 

 

A date for next years event will be chosen in the coming months and a selection of photos from the day is included below (Click each photo to enlarge). 

 

 

 

Riddells Creek welcomes safety enhancements to its frontline fire truck - 19/11/2011

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade have welcomed a number of safety modifications made to its frontline bushfire fighting appliance recently. As a part of a current statewide retrofit program, "Riddells Creek Tanker" received a number of engineering modifications to enhance firefighter safety in the event that the fire truck be trapped during a bushfire or grassfire. The changes include a water spray system which directs  water along all of the external surfaces of the fire truck, including the walls, windows and tyres. 

Pull-down curtains designed to reflect radiant heat were fitted in the cabin and the deck area to provide further protection to firefighters. Additional panels were fitted to the fire truck to provide further heat resistance to vulnerable areas including the pump area and the battery compartment. 

 

Riddells Creek Tanker is the frontline fire truck used for grass fires and bushfires by firefighters at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. This fire truck is also often called upon to fight some of Victorias larger fires including recent examples such as the 2009 Black Saturday fires at Kinglake, as well as fires at Halls Gap, Anakie and the north east alpine areas of Victoria.  

 

 A selection of photos day is included below (Click each photo to enlarge). 

 

 

Car accident closes Kilmore Road - 5/10/2011

Kilmore Road was closed to traffic in both directions this evening following a car accident involving two vehicles near the Mt Charlie Road intersection. Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were responded to the accident shortly after 5.30pm and Police, SES and Ambulance crews were also in attendance. One of the drivers was transported to hospital while the driver of the other vehicle was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.  

Kilmore Road was closed to traffic in both directions for around one hour. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Lounge room fire at Racecourse Road - 24/07/2011

At  approximately 3.30pm this afternoon the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were responded to a lounge room fire at an address in Racecourse Road, Riddells Creek. Fire-fighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade  were supported by additional fire-fighters from the Gisborne and Sunbury fire brigades.

 

The team of approximately 20 fire-fighters and 5 fire trucks were able to quickly bring the fire under control and limit the spread of the fire through the remainder of the building.  A number of specialist fire-fighting resources were also utilised which included the use of a thermal imaging camera and a ventilation fan to remove excess smoke from the building.  

 

An ambulance also attended the scene to treat a resident believed to have been suffering from exhaustion and anxiety. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but initial signs indicate that the fire may have been started by items being placed too close to a wood heater. 

 

Today's fire should serve as a timely reminder to all residents who have heaters of any type that items such as clothing, wood and paper should be kept well clear. Residents are also urged to ensure they never leave cooking, heaters, open fires or candles unattended. Further information about this example and other home fire safety advice can be found at: www.homefiresafety.com.au

 

 

Fire destroys art room at New Gisborne Primary School - 28/05/2011

At  approximately 8pm this evening, the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were responded to a structure fire at the New Gisborne Primary School. Up to 55 firefighters and 9 fire appliances from Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Macedon and Sunbury battled the fire which extensively damaged the art room building.

Firefighters carried out both internal and external attacks on the blaze and managed to bring the fire under control within about 1 hour. 

 

Fire crews will spend the night extinguishing pockets of the fire and carrying out clean up operations.

The fire is estimated to have caused at least $500,000 in damage and the cause of the fire will be investigated in the morning.  

 

Riddells Creek Fire Brigade Recruiting Now! - 20/05/2011

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade is about to commence its annual recruitment campaign for 2011. Have you ever thought about joining the Brigade or wondered how you could contribute to the Riddells Creek community by making a real difference? Well, getting to know a little bit more about your local fire brigade may just be the answer. The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade is made up with a membership of 100% volunteers. That means that we need people like you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that we continue to provide this essential emergency service to Riddells Creek and its surrounding communities. The Brigade is running an information evening at the Station to gain an expression of interest from prospective operational and non-operational members on Monday 27 June 2011 at 7pm. Please contact Alex Batty on 0439 952 306 for further information or to register your interest in attending the session. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

New Communications officer - 12/05/2011

At the brigade April meeting the brigades membership voted for a new communications officer after the resignation of Ross Hall our previous communications officer when he moved away from the district. The elected member was Terrie Boydle who has held the position previously and will make excellent officer in this roll until the brigades general elections next year. We congratulate Terrie and Thank Ross for his years of service not only as Communications officer, but also as a member of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.

 

Members awarded for service - 30/04/2011

On Saturday 9 April 2011 three brigade members were awarded VFBV Certificates of Service at the Rural State Championships at Werribee Mansion. The VFBV Certificates of Service are awarded to individuals who have served the VFBV or the former Fire Brigade Associations for over 20 years.
The brigade members are:
Rod Sinclair - Rodney has served the Association for a period exceeding 20 years. Rodney’s service has been with the Region 14 volunteer associations as a brigade and group delegate for over 30 years and most recently as a brigade delegate to the District 2 VFBV Council and President of the Macedon Ranges VFBV LGA.
Marcus Bootle - Marcus has served the Association for a period exceeding 20 years. Marcus’ service has been with the Region 14 volunteer associations as a brigade delegate for over 20 years and also service the Urban State Championships as a competitor for 4 years.
Terri Boydle - Terri has served the Association for a period exceeding 20 years. Teresa’s service has been with the Region 14 volunteer associations as a brigade delegate for over 15 years and also service the Urban State Championships as a competitor for 6 years and most recently as a brigade delegate to the District 2 VFBV Council and Secretary of District 2 VFBV Executive Council.
The brigade congratulates these three members as the first in the history of the brigade to be presented with VFBV Certificates of Service.

 

Riddells Creek raises $2008 for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal - 22/04/2011

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade helped to raise $2008 for today's Royal Childrens Hospital Appeal! Like every other year, volunteer firefighters from Riddells Creek were on-hand and shaking the donation tins at the front of the Riddells Creek Bakery and at the Webbers Garden Centre during the first day of their Easter plant sale.

 

We would like to take this chance to thank those who donated to this worthy cause. Also, it's important to note that such a success could not have been made possible without the ongoing support of the team at Webbers. 

 

Change your smoke alarm battery when you change your clock this April - 27/03/2011

The end of daylight savings also marked that time of the year when residents are urged to change their smoke alarm battery as they change their clocks. 

 

Given that daylight savings ended on Sunday 3rd April at 3am, all residents are urged to replace their smoke alarm batteries if they haven't already done so. More than 50 Australians die each year as a result of accidental house fires and most of which occur between the hours of 9pm to 6am. Working smoke detectors save many Victorian and Australian lives each year by providing residents with early warning of a fire in their home. 

 

More information can be found at www.changeyourbattery.com.au/ or by phoning the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade on 5428 6000.

 

Three cars involved in nasty accident on Riddell Road - 27/03/2011

Firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade joined forces this afternoon with police and ambulance personnel at a multi-vehicle car accident on Riddell Road near Campbells Road. The brigade was notified of the three-car accident shortly after 1.30pm this today. 

Firefighters assisted police and ambulance personnel by treating the injured occupants, managing traffic flows around the accident scene and clearing the road after the occupants had been transported to hospital. Some of the photographs taken at today's accident have been included shown below (click to enlarge)

 

  

 

 

Fire Restrictions ended Monday 7 March 2011 - 11/03/2011

Thanks to one of the wettest summers on record, Fire Restrictions for the Macedon Ranges Shire came to an end at 1am on Monday 7th March, 2011. Residents in Riddells Creek should be reminded that despite the end to the Fire Danger Period, council by-laws continue to remain in force throughout the entire year which still limit what we can and can't do as residents when it comes time to burning off. Further information can be sourced from our Fire Restrictions page. 

 

Now Recruiting! Become a volunteer fire fighter at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade  - 13/02/2011

If you didn’t already know, Riddells Creek Fire Brigade is completely derived of 100% volunteers. So that means that 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, thankless volunteers from the Riddells Creek community take the time to run the Brigade, train to improve their skills and respond to emergencies in  order to keep the residents of Riddells Creek and surrounding areas safe. We are currently conducting a recruitment drive for operational members who might fit in to any of the following categories:

  • Stay at home parent

  • Works within Riddells Creek

  • Retired

  • Shift worker

  • Able to respond to fires between the hours of 8am and 6pm

CFA members respond to a wide range of emergencies including; fire, car accidents, hazardous materials incidents, floods, search and rescue and much more. We make sure you get the appropriate nationally accredited training and skills to undertake all of the above. If you’ve been wondering how you can really make a difference in your community then being an operational response member of the Brigade may just be for you.

We’re currently recruiting now. Please call Alex Batty on 0439 952 306 to register your interest or to get further information. Further information about becoming a volunteer firefighter with the CFA can be found at the CFA website.

Rainfall event to affect state   - 03/02/2011

The BOM has suggested that towns within our area can expect times of heavy rainfall between now and Sunday evening. Please ensure that you have prepared your property and take in to account the poor conditions when driving. For more information visit www.bom.gov.au

 

Power lines down spark small fire   -   01/02/2011

Around 1pm this afternoon during strong winds powerlines on Gap Rd were brought down  just South of Barclay Place. The downed powerlines started a small grass and scrub fire which was spreading quickly. An alert driver noticed the fire, called the fire brigade and made all efforts to contain the fire. The Riddell brigade attended with two fire tankers and assisted by a fire tanker from Gisborne quickly extinguished the small fire and then dealt with the still live high voltage powerlines which were sparking on the ground and laying across residents driveways. The power company attended and unfortunately had to shut down power to a large part of Riddell whilst they repaired the lines. It is believed that a tree may have fallen across the powerlines in the strong gusty winds.

 

Fire Danger high to very high  -  29/01/2011

The next four days are set to bring high to very high fire danger for the central fire ban district. Whilst there is a lot of green grass at the moment and despite the recent rain, there are many areas where the bush and grassland have dried out sufficiently to support fire. Residents are urged to use caution when operating machinery in these dry areas and make sure fire suppression devices are carried if required. If unsure contact the brigade or visit the  Fire Restrictions section of our website for further information.

 

Flooding affects Riddell again   -  13/01/2011

Once again parts of Riddells Creek have flooded after several days of heavy rain. Most parts of the town received over 150mm during the 4 day rain event with the peak on the evening of January 13th leading into January 14th.  Homes and businesses were flooded and some roads were washed away or cut off by deep flowing water. The brigade responded to numerous calls for assistance and even had to sand bag the shed at the rear of the fire station when water began rising from storm water drains and flowing across the property.

 

Hardware failure takes down riddellcfa.com   -  17/01/2011

Due to a hardware failure with our hosting company, our website was down for several days.

We have now moved the site to a new server and will now be running regular updates again.

 

2010 News

 

Santa is coming to town this Christmas Eve! - 21/12/2010                                                

Santa will be teaming up with firefighters from the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade this Christmas Eve as he travels around in a fire truck to visit all of the children in and around Riddells Creek. Parents should be advised that this years annual Santa run will commence from 3.30pm this Friday (Christmas Eve) and is likely to conclude at approximately 6.30pm. During this time, Santa and his team of helpers will endeavour to visit all of the roads and streets within Riddells Creek. If required, further details on Santa's journey around the town can be sought by calling the fire station on 5428 6000. 

 

Brigade takes delivery of new command & control car - 14/12/2010                                                

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade proudly took possession of their new command and control vehicle today. The new 2010 model, 4WD Toyota Hilux vehicle replaced  the previous 2006 model which the brigade had operated for the past 4 years. The vehicle is owned by the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade, unlike the two other firefighting appliances housed at Riddells Creek which are funded owned and funded by the CFA. 

 

The upgrade of this vehicle was only made possible through the many financial donations that the the fire brigade have received from the residents of Riddells Creek. More information about this vehicle can be found at our Appliances section. 

 

   

 

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