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CITATION FOR COLBINABBIN
COLBINABBIN FIRE BRIGADE AND MEMBERS were presented with a with a Unit Citation for Service award by District 20 Operations Manager Peter Taylor. This award was presented to the brigade for its efforts during an horrific and fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred on 8 March 2014. Crews were faced with a traumatic and confronting scene, but despite this, acted with the upmost professionalism and worked quickly to establish control of a very complex incident. Sadly, four lives were lost as a result of the accident and three people were badly injured and transported to hospital. It has been stated by local police that the toll would have been much higher had it not been for the efforts of CFA and heroic members of the public that night. The Unit Citation stated: “No amount of training, preparation or experience can ever truly prepare CFA members for confronting incidents like this. However the teamwork and combined actions displayed this night shows considerable skill, empathy and a true CFA spirit.”
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Inducted into Honour Roll for Women
Twenty-five exceptional women have been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, celebrating contributions made to local communities and achievements from human rights advocacy to sport and medicine. This year’s inductees include Pat Bingham (Gruyere) who has shown outstanding dedication through her CFA volunteering to helping others and serving the community over an extremely long period.
Following the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983, CFA recognised the need for a program to support for those affected by traumatic events such as bushfires. Pat was approached along with some colleagues to coordinate and implement a welfare support system.
Using her skills and expertise together with other colleagues CFA’s Peer Support Program was born. Today, Pat continues to be involved behind the training and development of this program network which now exists in all CFA Districts.
Pat was one of the first female volunteers in District 13 which now boasts the highest number of females within CFA.
In 2008 Pat was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for outstanding service to her community, brigade and CFA.
Her inspiring leadership and outstanding commitment is being recognised through her induction to the 2017 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. Each year, the Honour Roll celebrates exceptional women in Victoria who have made significant and lasting contributions to their local community, the nation or the world. The 2017 inductees will join more than 600 remarkable women named in the Honour Roll since it commenced in 2001.
Pat’s inclusion on this illustrious list (in the police and emergency services category) is a testament to her dedicated career and service to the community.
New unit proves its worth in D22
District 22 has commissioned a rehabilitation unit which is now responding as required to local incidents to provide its CFA crews with access to hydration, health monitoring, shelter and first aid at longer duration operations and incidents occurring on more extreme weather days. This has already been invaluable in terms support during operations.
The rehab unit is housed at, and responded from, Mooroopna fire station. One of the initial drivers of the concept was District 22 Operations Officer Tony Owen with the funding of the appliance coming through District 22 and multiple local brigades. The vehicle purchased was Patterson River Fire Brigade’s salvage unit which can transport a crew of up to seven. The appliance was fitted out to accommodate important items required to provide welfare to CFA members on the fire ground.
This included refrigerators (containing water and staminade), health monitoring equipment (such as heart monitors, carbon monoxide monitors, defibrillator), gazebos, arm cooling sling chairs, ration packs and wash facilities. The appliance was also been fitted with solar panels and an invertor on its roof. Some of the works on the appliance were carried out by members of Mooroopna Fire Brigade. As part of the project and before the commissioning a total of 21 personnel from the three catchment areas were fully trained to respond with the unit (nine from Strathbogie, three from Moira and nine from City of Greater Shepparton). These members were trained in safety on the fire ground, first aid and basic health monitoring and respond directly to the fire ground when the rehab unit has been deployed. The appliance has now been responded on a number of occasions with great success since coming into service.
District 22 is working with all its brigades on awareness of the new resource and its vital role, how it can be used and how and when it should be activated.
fighters up to date on developments within the organisation. It has also given brigades and
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