Fire Danger Period Commences 19th November 2018

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Fire Danger Period Commences 19th November 2018

Mount Eliza Fire Brigade advises the declared Fire Danger Period will commence at 0100 hours on Monday 19th November 2018 for the 2018/2019 fire season.

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Unattended Burnoff Extinguished

During October, Mt Eliza Fire Brigade responded to a fire call with a column of smoke visible in the area. Upon arrival, our crews found an obscured and unattended burn off on a property south of Mount Eliza.

On arrival, which was first on foot, we found a large pile that was 10 x 2 metres in size with tree stumps and other furnishings with embers flying more than 10 metres into long grass. Crews assessed that the fire in its current state was unsafe and required it to be extinguished. We were unable to contact the property owner and those who lit the fire.

With limited access, our 4-wheel drive vehicle and Tanker crews were able to make access to extinguish the fire.

There were no fire hydrants nearby so our Tanker crew used a nearby dam to supply water. Using 90 metres of hose we were able to deliver water via a divider, which splits the hose into two attack lines for firefighters to extinguish the fire.

A crew of 10 firefighters used dam water and rake-hoes to extinguish the fire which took 2 hours to complete.

Although this property was legally permitted to burn-off outside the Fire Danger Period, it is important that with any fire you follow the General Fire Safety Provisions which is set by Mornington Peninsula Shire:

  • Give notice to your neighbours that you are burning off
  • Log your burn off by calling 1800 668 511 (to prevent unnecessary attendance by CFA or the Mornington Peninsula Shire Rangers)
  • Ensure the fire is supervised at all times
  • Ensure you have sufficient fire protection equipment on site at all times
  • Ensure the vegetation is dead and dry prior to lighting
  • Establish a fire break of no less than 3 metres cleared of all flammable materials
  • Ensure at the site of the fire the wind speed does not exceed 20 kilometres per hour

 


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Planning and Preparing for this Upcoming Fire Season

Taking steps to get prepared before the fire season means you know what to do when you’re at risk . It’s important to prepare your property for fire, but you also need to plan and prepare for your safety.

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Fire Action Week – 7th to 14th October 2018

Fire Action Week, 7 to 14 October, is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation awareness week. Right now, forecasts show that there is potential for an earlier and longer fire season in Victoria.

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Open Air Burning Laws for October 2018

Before Burning Off:  You must abide by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council by-laws and any current fire restrictions

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law regulates burning off outside of the Declared Fire Danger Period. As per previous years, restrictions will be eased during the month of October 2018 to enable landowners on smaller properties to burn off for fire prevention purposes.

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Mt Eliza Fire Bridgade Open Day – All Welcome

Come down to the Mt Eliza Fire Brigade Open Day on Sunday 28th October.

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Patrons of Canadian Bay Hotel Have An Eventful Dinner

Patrons of Canadian Bay Hotel had an eventful dinner on Thursday 28th August when Mt Eliza Fire Brigade and Frankston Fire Bridge responded to reports of the chimney flue on fire.

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Junior Camp 2018 – Supporting Kids With Cancer

Mt Eliza Fire Brigade attended the annual Junior Camp, located at Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza.

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When did you last replace your actual smoke alarm?

More than a third of Victorians have never replaced their smoke alarms. Is it time you replaced yours?

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Busy Few Weeks For Firefighters

The last couple of weeks has been a very busy time for volunteer firefighters of Mt Eliza Fire Brigade.

On the 11th March we responded to form a part of a strike team to attend the Seaview fire in Gippsland. The crew provided asset protection and welfare checks for an out of control bushfire in very undulating terrain where only firebombing aircraft could attend to.

Since then we have attended other 11 incidents including forming another strike team to attend the large fires in the South West of the state. Members were deployed and left Mt Eliza at 4am on Sunday 18th March and returned home at approximately midnight. Another crew was waiting on standby for night shift and crew relief, which was not deployed.

Other incidents our brigade attended to during this period included a scrub fire in the Banool Reserve which burnt about 600 square metres of grass and scrub, a garage fire, a fence fire, and a decking fire.

However, it’s not just about fighting fires. On Saturday 17th March we attended the Kunyung Primary School Carnival showcasing our trucks and answering questions regarding life as a volunteer firefighter.

All this happened as well as the ongoing training and regular maintenance to ensure we maintain our operational capability 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

We could not be prouder of our volunteer firefighters and volunteer support team and their dedication to the Mt Eliza and broader community.