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LAST UPDATED: 19/04/2017 6.35am

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New! Riddells Creek set to play host to Dawn Service this Anzac Day - 18/4/2017

Residents of Riddells Creek and surrounding districts are invited to attend a Dawn Service this Anzac Day, following the outstanding response and attendance numbers we witnessed at prevoius commemorative services in 2015 and 2016.

 

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

 

“The fire brigade has received a great deal of support from the local Riddells Creek community during the past few years and offering to host a Dawn Service was one of the ways we can say thank you to the township” said Dawn Ciechomski, a resident of Riddells Creek and fire-fighter at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.

 

“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.

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Visit us at the Domkeen Literary Festival 2017 - 11/3/2017

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade will be firing up the BBQ at Dromkeen LitFest 2017. The literary festival on Saturday 18th March will take place at the Dromkeen homestead at Kilmore Road, Riddells Creek. The event promises to be an exciting event suitable for children, teachers, librarians, families and all children's book enthusiasts. We've been invited to provide a range of BBQ treats at the event and all proceeds from food sales will directly support the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. 

 

To purchase a ticket, visit www.dromkeen.com.au/litfest/

 

 

Bendigo Bank grant to assist with $900 upgrade to our computers - 4/2/2017

The Gisborne and District Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank generously donated $900 to the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade recently. Unlike banking with other banks, the Bendigo Bank distributes its profits to valuable community organisations and projects.

 

The $900 grant will help us upgrade some of our computer equipment here at the fire station.

 

  

 

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Smartphone users - please download the new Vic Emergency App - 29/1/2017

The "Fire Ready" app was, until recently, a smartphone app which kept many of us well informed about fires happening nearby and across Victoria.

 

Late last year, the Fire Ready app was replaced with the new "VicEmergency" app. The new app provides a centralised location for Victorians to access timely emergency information and warnings. The new app includes warmings and emergency notifications for fire, flood, storm, earthquake, tsunami, weather warnings and even shark sightings!

 

Be sure to download the VicEmergency app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Santa is coming to town on Christmas Eve - 19/12/2016

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 2.30pm on Christmas Eve and is likely to conclude by approximately 5.30pm. During this time, Santa and his team of helpers will endeavour to visit all of the roads and streets within Riddells Creek.

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Fire Restrictions commence Monday 19th December 2016  - 19/12/2016

As of 1am on Monday 19th December, fire restrictions came 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 19th December. Unless removed earlier, restrictions will be in place until 1 May 2017.

 

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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Bushfire Preparation Meeting in Riddells Creek / Cherokee

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend an upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting. The free bushfire information meeting will take place at the following time and location:

  • Wednesday 11th January - 7.30pm, Outside 733 Gap Road, Riddells Creek

The meeting 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, this meeting will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend the 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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Spring is still the best time to clean up - 18/09/2016

Despite the recent rainfall, Spring is still a very good time of the year to prepare your property for bushfire. If you live in a rural or regional area, it's likely that you don't need a permit to clear trees, branches and scrub from around your home.

 

Depending on where you live, the 10/30 Rule or 10/50 Rule might apply.

Watch the video below, or visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/clearing to find out more.

 

 

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Introducing our new Captain, Tom Morley - 5/07/2016

One of the more prominent changes to our leadership team this week saw the introduction of our new Captain, Tom Morley.

 

Tom was born and raised in Clarkefield and joined the CFA in 2002 at the nearby Wildwood Fire Brigade. In 2011 Tom moved to Riddells Creek and transferred his CFA membership to the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade. Within the year, Tom’s leadership qualities had been recognised and Tom soon became a Lieutenant of the brigade.

 

In his professional life, Tom has worked for the Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) and also as a summer forest firefighter for the then DSE (DELWP).

 

Tom brings to the role a thorough knowledge of the local area and a strong focus on developing the skills of our volunteer firefighters.

 

We wish Tom all the very best for his new role as the Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.

 

New financial year sees changes to our team of volunteer leaders- 4/07/2016

The Riddells Creek Fire Brigade welcomed some fresh faces to its management team this week after changes to the make-up of the team took effect last Friday. 

 

The CFA requires all fire brigades to elect their team of Officers and Managers on a two-yearly basis. Our strong team of volunteers who will lead the brigade for the next two years will comprise:

 

         Captain: Tom Morley

         1st Lieutenant: Michael Hemingway

         2nd Lieutenant: Nick Tschuck

         3rd Lieutenant: Jo Thompson

         4th Lieutenant: Chris McColley

         Secretary: Gill Metz

         Treasurer: Ruary Bucknall

         Community Safety Manager: Dean Anderson

         Training Manager: Steve Taylor

         Equipment Manager: Marcus Bootle

         Catering & Support Manager: Louise Hemingway

         FEM Officer: Don Clark

 

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Lieutenant Nick Tschuck, Lieutenant Jo Thompson, Lieutenant Chris McColley and Training Manager Steve Taylor to the management team.

 

We also thank and acknowledge the efforts of former Lieutenant Mark White, Communications Officer Rob Sanderson, Secretary Dawn Ciechomski and Captain Dave Thompson for the many hours they selflessly devoted to the brigade by performing these roles.

 

End of an era for a Captain who has served us very well - 1/07/2016

As we begin the new financial year today, we also farewell Dave Thompson who has chosen to stand down from the role of brigade Captain.

Dave performed the role of Captain for the 8 year period between 2000 to 2008 and again for the 4 years between 2012 to 2016. 100% of the men and women who make up the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade are volunteers. Despite the additional duties, responsibilities and time commitments placed on our volunteer Officers and leadership team members, Dave generously devoted many countless hours to the brigade and to the Riddells Creek community under his role as Captain.

The last four years have been a very busy and trying time for the brigade following key events such as the 2014 Dalrymple Road grass fire that burnt to the edge of the township and the robbery of the fire station in the same year, resulting in more than $100,000 of equipment stolen or damaged.

We take this opportunity to thank Dave for serving the community so well over the last 4 years.

Fire-fighters efforts recognised at annual 'night of nights' - 26/06/2016

A number of our volunteers were recognised for their ongoing contribution to the CFA at our annual mid-year dinner last night. Over 60 people attended our annual dinner and were treated to a two course meal at the Riddells Creek Hotel.

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

  • Dawn Ciechomski - Firefighter of the year
  • Ben Monk - 1st Lieutenants encouragement award
  • Steph Schade – Recruit firefighter of the year

 

A special moment of the night saw firefighters Michael Hemingway and Gill Metz awarded the National Medal. The National Medal is Australia's most awarded civilian medal and recognises long and diligent service of at least 15 years. This award recognises prolonged exposure to hazard in the service of the community.

National Medal holders can also be eligible for National Medal clasps for each subsequent 10 years of diligent service. In the case of firefighter Marcus Bootle (an existing National Medal recipient), two National Medal clasps were presented to Marcus.

The night also featured the presentation of National Emergency Medals to firefighters Eric Jurrjens and Darren Broughton for the service they provided during the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires. The National Emergency Medal may be awarded to those who rendered sustained service during specified dates in response to a nationally significant emergency.

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Riddells Creek set to play host to Dawn Service this Anzac Day - 13/4/2016

Residents of Riddells Creek and surrounding districts are invited to attend a Dawn Service this Anzac Day, following the outstanding response and attendance numbers we witnessed at last years commemorative service.

 

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

 

“The fire brigade has received a great deal of support from the local Riddells Creek community during the past few years and offering to host a Dawn Service was one of the ways we can say thank you to the township” said Dawn Ciechomski, a resident of Riddells Creek and Secretary for the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.

 

“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.

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Fire Restrictions end in Macedon Ranges & Hume City Council on Monday 4th April, 2016 - 03/04/2016

As of 1am Monday 4th April, fire restrictions across the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Hume City Council will come to an end for the 2015/2016 summer period.

 

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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When you Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery - 26/3/2016

Victoria’s fire services are urging all householders to change their smoke alarm batteries on Sunday 3rd April 2016 as part of the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries campaign.

 

In Victoria alone there were over 3,200 preventable house fires in 2015.

 

If you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home and a fire occurs, you are:

  • 57% more likely to suffer property damage;

  • 26% more likely to suffer serious injury, and;

  • 4 times more likely to die.

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 3rd 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.

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TOTAL FIRE BAN - Tuesday 23rd February 2016 - 22/2/2016

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, North Central, Central (includes Melbourne and Geelong), North East and West and South Gippsland district(s) of Victoria.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 until 11:59pm Tuesday, 23rd February 2016.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 39 degrees, resulting 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 - Tuesday 19th January 2016 - 19/1/2016

Tuesday 19th January 2016 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country, North Central, CENTRAL, North East and West & South Gippsland weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Tuesday, 19th January 2016 until 11:59pm Tuesday, 19th January 2016.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 36 degrees, resulting 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 - Monday 18th January 2016 - 18/1/2016

Monday 18th January 2016 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the CENTRAL 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 Monday, 18th January 2016 until 11:59pm Monday, 18th January 2016.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 36 degrees and light northerly winds 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

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[DATE CHANGE] Bushfire Preparation Meeting in Riddells Creek shifted to Thursday

Residents in Riddells Creek are invited to attend an upcoming Bushfire Preparation Meeting. The free bushfire information meeting will take place at the following time and location:

  • Thursday 14th January - 7.30pm - Corner of Southbourne Road and Parkview Tce

Please note that this meeting had previously been advertised for Wednesday 13th January, but due to predicted SEVERE fire danger on Wednesday, the meeting will be shifted back one day to Thursday 14th January.  

 

The meeting 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, this meeting will be specifically tailored to the needs of our local community.

 

For added comfort, anybody wishing to attend the 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 13th January 2016 - 13/1/2016

Wednesday 13th January 2016 has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the CENTRAL, North Central, Northern Country, South West, Wimmera and Mallee weather districts.

 

No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air from from 12:01am on Wednesday, 13th January 2016 until 11:59pm Wednesday, 13th January 2016.

 

Temperatures within the Central fire weather district (which includes Riddells Creek) are expected to reach 41 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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