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Monday, 15 May 2023 12:12

National Volunteer Week 2023

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This week (15 – 21 May) is National Volunteer week, and sets out to celebrate the power of how volunteers drive change and ensure that volunteering is inclusive.

The 2023 theme for National Volunteer Week is The Change Makers.  This recognises that volunteers dedicate time and energy to effect change in their communities which VFBV believes sums up CFA volunteers perfectly.

This year’s them identifies change makers as people who are driven to contribute for the greater good; are passionate about the causes they care about; turn their passions into purpose; are a force for social change; and give their time and energy to make a difference for their communities. 

Adam Barnett, VFBV CEO, thanked CFA volunteers for the time and energy they dedicate to making change within communities across Victoria, and said that each of these qualities are evident each and every day in CFA volunteers.

“VFBV passes on our deep gratitude, respect and appreciation to all CFA volunteers for the work you do in your communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

“Over the past 12 months this has been evident where in addition to protecting their own communities, many CFA volunteers travelled afar to flood affected areas across the state to effect change in communities in need.  While it would be easier to say this was someone else’s job, CFA volunteers again put their hand up to come to communities in need. Your ‘can do’ attitude should be celebrated, respected and acknowledged by everyone.“

“Victorian’s are safer because of the work you do, and we could not be more proud of you, your brigades and all those that support you in the work you do to protect lives and property” he said.

Adam also noted that it is not only CFA volunteers who contribute to the safety of Victoria. These are also volunteers from the broader emergency services sector such as VicSES, St John Ambulance, Ambulance Victoria, Life Saving Victoria, Coast Guard, Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry – just to name a few who work together to contribute their time, skills and resources to make change in their communities as emergency management volunteers.

The 3V’s report “Uncovering the hidden value”, conservatively estimates that Victoria’s 100,000 emergency service volunteers contribute $1.9 to $2.5 billion in value each year.

From VFBV, thank you and well done for you incredible dedication and service to the people of Victoria and beyond, not just this week but every hour, day, week and month of the year.

 


About VFBV: VFBV is established under the Country Fire Authority Act and is the peak body for CFA Volunteers in Victoria. VFBV works tirelessly to represent, advocate and support CFA volunteers to the CFA Board and management, governments, ministers, members of parliament, councils, instrumentalities, business and the public. Our vision is for Strong Volunteerism, Embraced to Build Community Resilience for a Safer Victoria.
   

 

Want to read more about CFA volunteers? 

VFBV regularly publish stories about CFA volunteers, please explore our website to discover some of these amazing stories. 

Interested in becoming a CFA volunteer?

Visit https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/volunteers-careers/volunteer-with-cfa/apply-to-volunteer to find out more information.

 

Thursday, 04 May 2023 13:01

International Firefighters' Day 2023

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International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed each year on the 4th May. This is also St Florian's Day, who is the patron saint of firefighters.

St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters and was an officer of the Roman army who was responsible for organising and leading firefighting brigades tasked to fight fires when Rome needed to protect itself against fire being used as an offensive weapon in the third century.

On St. Florian’s Day, firefighters, families and communities across the world take a moment to acknowledge firefighters commitment and dedication to their communities and their selfless duty to protecting lives and property.

Each year, CFA and VFBV come together to honour our fallen firefighters through the annual memorial service which is each year commemorated on the Sunday closest to May 4th. By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we show our gratitude and respect to firefighters and their families everywhere. The blue and red ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water.

This year’s service will be held on Sunday 7 May at VEMI Conference and Event Centre in Mt Macedon as part of the commemorations of the 40th anniversary for the Ash Wednesday fires. The 2023 Annual Memorial Service will be livestreamed by CFA on Sunday for those who are unable to attend in person. 

The Annual Memorial Service is a formal and reflective day to acknowledge and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their communities. It’s a time for reflection and just one of the ways we can remember the lives of 69 CFA members and 11 Country Fire Brigades Board firefighters (prior to the formation of CFA), who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in service to protecting our communities. The full Role of Honour can be found on CFA’s website

This year’s service will be especially poignant following the death of Queensland Fire and Rescue Firefighter Izabella Nash earlier this week which only further highlights the risks that firefighters face while protecting lives and property.  VFBV on behalf of all Victorian firefighters extends its deepest sympathies to Izabella’s family, friends, loved ones and fellow firefighters at this sad time.

Fellow firefighter Lia Drew was also injured at the same fire and is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital, we wish Lia all the best in her recovery and our thoughts are also with Lia, her family, friends and colleagues.

VFBV CEO, Adam Barnett spoke of the importance of the annual memorial service for not only the families, friends and loved once of the fallen, but for all CFA members.

“The annual memorial and St Florian’s Day is a time for us to come together and remember the 80 CFA firefighters who have selflessly given their lives to protect the lives of other Victorians.”

“While we pay tribute to those lost while protecting our communities, it is also a day to reflect on the importance of the work that CFA volunteers do on a daily basis to make Victorian communities safer.”

“On behalf of VFBV, thankyou to all firefighters for your incredible dedication and commitment to protecting lives and property.”

Wednesday, 03 May 2023 11:39

May 2023 Newsletter

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EMV home goal 
By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer 

This month I am drawing strength from a Gandhi quote – “Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

I was most unfortunate to attend the recent meeting of the volunteer consultative forum (VCF) where it was announced by the Emergency Management Commissioner that a decision had been made to disband the VCF. To say that the volunteers at that meeting drawn from the various agencies were saddened, hurt and disappointed would be an understatement.

The VCF was an initiative floated by VFBV during discussions of the Victorian Government’s White Paper on emergency management back in 2012. The concept was embraced and announced by the then Minister, the Hon Kim Wells MP. The VCF was officially formed on the 18th November 2013 and was heralded as delivering on the Victorian Government’s commitment to consult emergency management volunteers across the sector. The forum was designed to provide a multi-agency volunteer feedback loop direct to the Minister for Emergency Services on issues affecting EM volunteers. It was made up of more than twenty emergency management volunteers and agency nominees drawn from CFA, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Australian Red Cross, Ambulance Victoria, VFBV, St John Ambulance, Volunteer Coast Guard, Salvation Army, VICSESVA and the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry.

The first meeting of the VCF was attended by Minister Wells who spoke about how grateful he was for the opportunity to consult with volunteers with regard to the emergency management sector and in particular the importance of volunteers having input in ensuring the sustainability and effective utilisation of volunteers across the EM sector. It was widely acknowledged that EM volunteers face unique challenges that deserved dedicated and focussed efforts.

Upon a change of Government at the end of 2014, the new Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Jane Garrett MP attended her first meeting of the VCF on the 6th December 2014. Minister Garrett was a frequent attendee and echoed the importance of the VCF and acknowledged that ministerial involvement with the VCF would continue to be a priority under the Andrews Government.

On the 4th May 2016, Premier Andrews, along with Minister Garrett and the Emergency Management Commissioner signed the Emergency Management Volunteer Statement that was an agreed commitment between the State of Victoria and emergency management volunteers that committed the State of Victoria to consult with EM volunteers and their representative bodies through the VCF on matters which affect them. The statement was co-signed by each of the eleven organisations represented on the VCF, including VFBV.

Therefore it was rather surprising to learn that consultation around the disbanding of the VCF with the VCF itself had not occurred prior to the decision being made. To disband the forum and ignore the commitments made without so much as a discussion with the very volunteers affected is quite astonishing and represents a significant betrayal of trust and integrity.

Even more remarkable is the fact that the EM Volunteer Statement was a public statement  of commitment signed by the Premier himself on behalf of the whole Victorian Government.

It is at times like these that I remind members why VFBV had to take the extraordinary step of giving the CFA Volunteer Charter legal effect by inserting recognition of the Charter into the CFA Act. A change it should be pointed out, that received and celebrated bi-partisan support across both houses of Parliament.  

Volunteers should not have to fight for governments to simply honour the commitments they make and it is heartbreaking to have to deal with such betrayals.

VFBV has learned that the decision to disband the VCF was made after a secret briefing and recommendation was prepared by EMV and given by the Emergency Management Commissioner to the Minister.

In an effort to hold decision makers accountable for their actions, VFBV has committed to public advocacy and formally advised the Minister of our concern that EMV has failed to acquit its obligations under the Volunteer Charter, which is a hard fought statutory obligation on not only CFA but also the State of Victoria.

In response, the VFBV Board have unanimously declared EMV to be an ‘Organisation of Concern’. This decision has not been made lightly and follows the VCF’s disbandment as well as consideration of recent activities such as the EMV Operating Model Review and the lack of a cross agency after action review for last year’s flooding event.

The VFBV Board has taken this unprecedented step in order to highlight the serious disquiet and concern we have towards this behemoth of a bureaucracy and its recent poor record of engagement and direct consultation with volunteers and their representative bodies on several matters. We take no joy in having to take these steps but are committed to representing CFA volunteers with integrity and transparency.

We have taken no comfort from the Commissioner’s protestations that EMV will conduct some future review and consider future arrangements further. If the machinery of government cannot honour the public commitments made to volunteers under the EM Statement, how can anyone expect volunteers to trust any further promises?

EMV’s development since it first commenced operation on 1 July 2014 has been quite a journey. Moving from a small, dedicated team of less than twelve people who formed the Fire Services Commissioner’s Office, EMV has now morphed into a bureaucracy of several hundred, with its own CEO, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and countless executive directors, public servants, consultants and advisors.

Despite those resources, clearly they appear unable to support the peak volunteer forum that was given “enduring effect” under the EM Volunteer Statement.

Volunteers are sick and tired of hearing leaders give speeches about how much they respect and value the contribution of CFA volunteers, to then not match these words with actions.

If we add up all the numerous committee’s and working groups that EMV host across the sector filled with agency representatives and employees, it is quite an indictment that the only committee dedicated to emergency management volunteers who make up more than 90% of the workforce gets dumped. One only needs to track the poor progress of EMV’s actions towards the thirteen strategic priority actions developed by volunteers through the VCF back in 2015 and quietly erased from EMV’s strategic action plan over consequent years to see how far volunteer priorities and initiatives have been abandoned.

EMV’s recent Operating Model review is a further example of poor process.

Readers would recall our concerns from the January and February 2022 editions of Fire Wise where volunteers were expected to provide feedback to their review over the Xmas and New Year period. The final report cemented EMV’s position that the solution to any and every problem facing the sector was to recommend more public servants.

Any cursory review of the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine inquiry will show you the dangers of mixing public servants with incident management. Yet, EMV’s Operating model review advocates for more public sector full-time personnel to be employed to form fulltime Incident Management Teams managed by EMV. It then uses the gaps observed during their recent pandemic (Class 2) emergencies to argue for even more public servants to lead the management of Class 1 and 2 emergencies moving forward.  The review even proposed a business case to train 500 public servants to form a new ‘Emergency Management Corps’.  Where was the recommendation to recruit, retain and encourage another 500 volunteers you ask? Good question, we asked the same thing.

To demonstrate their priorities one need look no further than the announcement in last year’s State Budget of a record $36.2 million dollars for the establishment of EMV’s new fulltime State Control Centre workforce. This isn’t even a new capability. It simply replaces the current workforce contributed by each of the agencies through existing surge capacity. A surge capacity that is being undermined and neglected. The lack of any real action to address consecutive drops in endorsed level 3 incident personnel across the sector over recent years is a good example of just hoping for something to fail and then rushing in with a pre-formed solution.

$36.2M could have bought 80 brand new fire trucks.

The emergency management sector relies on trust, and a workforce that is overwhelming volunteer. EMV’s actions risk it becoming more and more distant from the very people that make up the EM sector.

Advice from the ground will become more and more filtered and censured by the layers and layers of bureaucracy. Governments and Ministers will then be on the receiving end of very poor advice so distorted and disconnected to be almost useless. Current case in point.

Victoria cannot simply afford layers and layers of bureaucracy for no tangible benefit. With a cost-of-living crisis looming large, budgets will become more and more under scrutiny. Priority must be given to CFA’s budget that is already under strain after decades of underinvestment, with ageing trucks, stations and hundreds of personnel transferred out of CFA under recent reforms.

If the Government is looking for savings that won’t impact on front line services and the critical work that emergency volunteer first responders do each and every day to keep our communities safe, then it need look no further than this bemouth of a bureaucracy. EMV’s status as an organisation of concern to volunteers represents a significant deterioration of support.

VFBV will continue to monitor and pursue meaningful arrangements that ensure genuine volunteer engagement and consultation though whatever means possible. We will continue standing up for CFA volunteers and reminding decision makers that EM volunteers contribute more than $2.4 billion dollars every year to the Victorian economy and taxpayer. Volunteers keep doing their bit, it is time for EMV and other sector leaders to step up and do theirs.

You can view a copy of the Emergency Management Volunteer Statement here


CFA Annual Memorial Service

CFA’s Annual Memorial service will be held on Sunday 7 May in Mt Macedon to honour firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year’s memorial service will mark the 35th event, which has been held since 1987, with the only cancellation being in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Family members and friends, CFA and VFBV executives as well as government representatives will come together to lay wreaths, light candles, remember lives and honour the personal sacrifices and commitment firefighters make each and every day.

Junior CFA members will also attend the memorial service and will be actively involved throughout the ceremony by assisting wreath layers and patrons.

VFBV CEO Adam Barnett spoke about the importance of the annual memorial service for not only the families, friends and loved ones of the fallen, but for all members.

“The annual memorial service is a time for us to come together either in person or in spirit to remember and honour the 80 CFA firefighters (including 11 from pre-1944) who have selflessly given their lives to protect the lives of other Victorians.

"And while the service is always solemn and reflective, it is also an important opportunity to reflect on our history as we pay tribute to those lost and reflect on the importance of the work we all do in making our communities safer.”

RSVP’s to attend the service closed on Monday 1 May via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Annual Memorial Service will be livestreamed here from 2pm on Sunday 7 May.

 

National Volunteer Week
The week of 15 – 21 May is National Volunteer week, and it sets out to celebrate the power of how volunteers drive change and ensure that volunteering is inclusive.

The 2023 theme for National Volunteer Week is The Change Makers.  This recognises that volunteers dedicate time and energy to effect change in their communities which sums up CFA volunteers perfectly.

This year’s theme identifies change makers as people who are driven to contribute for the greater good; passionate about the causes they care about; turn their passions into purpose; are a force for social change; and give their time and energy to make a difference for their communities.  Each of these qualities are evident in CFA volunteers each and every day.

VFBV passes on our deep gratitude, respect and appreciation to all CFA volunteers for the work you do in your communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During this year’s volunteer week we reflect on the past 12 months where in addition to protecting their own communities, thousands of CFA volunteers travelled to flood affected areas across the state to effect change in communities in need. While it would have been easy to just say this was someone else’s job, CFA volunteers again put their hand up to come to communities in need. Your ‘can do’ attitude should be celebrated, respected and acknowledged by all sector leaders.

Victorian’s are safer because of the work you do, and VFBV could not be more proud of you, your brigades and all those that support you in the work you do to protect lives and property.

We also acknowledge all our brothers and sisters across all of Victoria’s emergency management volunteer workforce including volunteer first responders from VicSES, St John Ambulance, Ambulance Victoria, Life Saving Victoria, Coast Guard, Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry – just to name a few who work together to contribute their time, skills and resources to make change in their communities as emergency management volunteers.

 

Thankyou

Thankyou to the thousands of CFA volunteers who completed this year’s VFBV vol survey. We are currently analysing responses and preparing this year’s report.

To each of the volunteers who took the time to complete this year’s survey, you have contributed to making CFA a better place to volunteer. Your feedback will be used to pursue positive change and contributes to our tireless advocacy on behalf of all volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Vale
As this edition was sent to print we were saddened to hear of the passing of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service firefighter Izabella Nash on 2nd May.

We extend our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to Izabella’s family, friends, loved ones and fellow firefighters at this sad time.

Fellow firefighter Lia Drew was also injured at the same fire and is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital, we wish Lia all the best in her recovery and our thoughts are also with her family, friends and colleagues.

 

Members’ strong show of support
Again in 2022/23, CFA Brigades and Groups showed that is it more important than ever that volunteers have a strong, united, independent and credible voice with more than 95% of Brigades demonstrating strong support for VFBV’s important work representing and advocating for all CFA volunteers.  Thank you to all brigades and groups who affiliated last year.

2023/24 renewal notices for your Brigade/Group’s VFBV Affiliation and Welfare Fund subscriptions and have now been mailed out to Brigade and Group secretaries with a due date of 30 June 2023.

To thank Brigades and Groups for their support, those who pay their VFBV affiliations before 30th June will automatically be entered into a draw to win one of four extremely worthwhile prizes valued at approximately $4,000.  The prizes have for the third year running been donated by GAAM Emergency Products and Powdersafe and we sincerely thank them for their continued generous support.  For further details of the prizes on offer, see the flyer included with your renewal notices.

As well as affiliating, we strongly encourage Brigades to subscribe to the VFBV Welfare Fund.  The Welfare Fund is a capital fund and an exclusive benefit to affiliated members with VFBV funding all the administration and operating cost ensuring 100% of funds received go directly to CFA volunteers experiencing personal hardship. The VFBV Welfare Fund provides small grants of up to $5,000 to assist volunteer members and long serving ex members.  The grants support members and their families experiencing personal financial hardship/crisis by providing welfare grants, on a needs-assessed basis, that may help alleviate stress impacting their ability to maintain involvement as a volunteer. 

 

Nominations for Trust Fund
VFBV is calling for nominations to the CFA and Brigades Donations Fund. 

The purpose of the fund is to raise and receive money and donations of goods and services from the public for distribution to brigades to assist with costs of purchasing and maintaining firefighting equipment, facilities, training and administrative expenses which are associated with their firefighting functions.

Following nominations, five new or reappointed members will be appointed by the VFBV Board to serve as VFBV Trustees on the fund for a term of two years.

All current trustees are eligible for re-appointment.

Please visit the VFBV website for details. Nominations close on Monday 19th June 2023.

 

VESEP

Applications are now open for the 2023/24 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP). Applications are due to your District ACFO by the 16th June 2023.

VFBV has updated its VESEP Help Pack to assist brigades and groups with their VESEP applications. This pack is available from our website, or paper copies can be obtained by phoning the office.

VESEP provides grants of $2 for every $1 of Brigade or Group funding to assist brigades and groups in acquiring a wide range of operational equipment.

Now in its 23rd year, VESEP first started out as the Community Safety Emergency Support Program in 2000 and was designed in close consultation with VFBV and volunteers, with the intent being a grants program designed by volunteers with minimal administration required from volunteers.

VFBV wishes all CFA Brigades and Groups well with your applications and thanks you for your untiring service to Victoria!

 

Final Reminder: Draft CFA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Feedback is being sought on a new draft policy covering Alcohol and other drugs, including prescription medication.

The draft policy covers arrangements for the appointment of a ‘responsible officer’, when alcohol can be consumed and a ban on brigades applying for a new liquor licence, with existing licences able to be kept.

All members are encouraged to read the draft policy and provide feedback ASAP. Feedback is due by Monday 8th May 2023.

Please visit the VFBV website for more information on how to provide feedback and view a copy of the draft policy.

 

CFA Board Positions

The CFA Act recognises that it is important that the CFA Board has strong volunteer expertise, knowledge and an understanding of CFA volunteers. To support this, four of the skills-based CFA Board members are appointed by the Minister for Emergency Services from a panel of names submitted by VFBV.

This year, the terms of two volunteer nominees will expire in December 2023, with both members eligible for re-appointment. One is for a volunteer from brigades predominantly serving rural communities, and the other being for a volunteer from brigades predominantly serving urban communities.

CFA volunteers who believe they have the skills, experience and capacity to make a contribution to the Board of CFA are invited to apply. In addition to volunteer experience and knowledge, nomination will have regard to any of the following - knowledge of or experience in; commercial; technical; operational; legal or financial matters; expertise in fire or emergency management; land management; or any other field relevant to the performance of the functions of the CFA.

VFBV is seeking applications from gender and culturally diverse candidates in addition to a diverse range of skills and experience including applications from diverse brigade types and classifications.

Members should familiarise themselves with the CFA Board Charter and further information on the application process is available from the VFBV website or via the office at (03) 9886 1141.

Applications close on Monday 26th June 2023.

 

VFBV Board Vacancies

Vacancies on the VFBV Board will arise when the terms of four VFBV Board members expire on the 1st October 2023. Of the four members whose terms are expiring, two are eligible for re-appointment.

VFBV invites applications from any CFA volunteer who is motivated by the prospect of making a difference and believes they have the skills to contribute to the VFBV Board.

The role of a board member involves contributing to VFBV direction, policy determination and monitoring the performance and governance of the Association. This includes actively contributing to policy discussion, consulting with CFA volunteers and contributing to the identification and management of strategic issues.

VFBV is seeking applications from gender and culturally diverse candidates in addition to a diverse range of skills and experience including applications from diverse brigade types and classifications.

Members should familiarise themselves with the VFBV Board member role statement and key selection criteria available from the VFBV website or via the office at (03) 9886 1141.

Applications close on Monday 28th August 2023.

 

2023 CFA Communications Survey

CFA have recently launched the 2023 CFA Communications Survey on the ‘Your Say CFA’ platform to get feedback on how they can deliver more relevant, timely and easy-to-read communications.

CFA communicate through wide range of channels every day and, as an emergency service, it’s important CFA provides information in the way members want to receive it.  The survey is open to all CFA members.

CFA will use the information from this survey to develop and improve the way they communicate and the options available for members.

The online survey closes on Monday 8 May and written surveys distributed with the upcoming issue of the Brigade magazine need to be received by CFA by Friday 26 May 2023.

The online survey can be accessed here.

 

Fire Wise – May 2023 online only edition

The May 2023 edition of Fire Wise has been published online only, this edition and past editions are available from the Fire Wise website.

You can support Fire Wise and role it plays as an independent voice in keeping volunteers informed   by becoming a subscriber.  To become a Fire Wise subscriber visit the Fire Wise website or contact the Managing Editor of Fire Wise, Gordon Rippon-King either by phone 0402 051 412 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Recent articles on the VFBV website
Feedback Requested – Draft CFA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Nominations for CFA and Brigades Donations Fund

VFBV Board Vacancies – Invitation to Apply

CFA Board Positions – Invitation to Apply

CFA Annual Memorial Service 2023

2023-24 VESEP Applications Now Open and VFBV Help Pack

Open for consultation dashboard

 

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Want to read the VFBV 2-minute briefings from the CFA/VFBV Joint Committees?
The latest edition along with previous editions can be downloaded from the VFBV website here.

Friday, 28 April 2023 09:13

2023-24 VESEP Applications Now Open and VFBV Help Pack

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Applications should be submitted to your District ACFO by Friday 16th June 2023.

Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the closing date fast approaching. VFBV has updated its VESEP Help Pack to assist brigades and groups with their VESEP applications.

VESEP provides grants of $2 for every $1 of Brigade or Group funding to assist brigades and groups in acquiring a wide range of additional equipment in recognition of the significant contribution emergency service volunteers provide in supporting Victorian communities.

Now in its 23rd year, VESEP first started out as the Community Safety Emergency Support Program in 2000 and was designed in close consultation with VFBV and volunteers, with the intent being a grants program designed by volunteers with minimal administration required from volunteers.

Since 2000, the program has funded over 2,150 projects totalling more than $160 million dollars, as a investment in maintaining and building volunteer capability by supporting volunteers through grants in five categories:

- Volunteer amenities under $5,000
- Minor works under $150,000^
- Operational Equipment
- Specialist Appliances and Field Command Vehicles
- Tankers*

^all minor works applications must be registered with the VESEP Land & Buildings Project Manager via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday 1st June 2023. Applications not pre-registered for review will not be considered by the Steering Committee. 

*as with previous years, CFA have advised that additions to the fleet will be afforded a low priority with only exceptional circumstances being considered by the Chief Officer. An Addition to the Fire Fighting Fleet form will be required to be completed and approved by the District ACFO and Regional DCO.

 

VFBV Help Pack

VFBV's VESEP Application Help Pack is again available in 2023 to assist Brigades and Groups in completing their application, with the pack divided into easily downloadable sections at the bottom of this page.

VFBV's VESEP Help Pack

Contains general information about VESEP and some handy hints on how to complete your application.

Attachment 1

Application forms for Special Access Grant

The Special Access Grant can reduce or in some cases eliminate all together the Brigade/Group contribution. 

Attachment 2

CFA VESEP Guidelines 

The guidelines outline criteria, aims and requirements that Brigades/Groups need to consider for their application to be completed. The Guidelines have been updated in 2023. 

Attachment 3

CFA Application Forms

Provides Brigades and Groups with application forms for Part A: Vehicles and Operational Equipment, Part B: Volunteer Amenities and Minor Works and Addition to the Fire Fighting Appliance Fleet Operational Justification.

Appendix

CFA Information Sheets

Collates all information sheets produced by CFA to assist with Brigade and Group applications and ideas.

 

Key Dates

1 June 2023: Brigades/Groups applying for a grant for Minor Works, applications must be pre-registered with the VESEP Minor Works Project Manager, Land and Buildings Services via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

16 June 2023: Applications close, and should be submitted by this date to your District AFCO using the CFA application forms.

16 June - 29 June 2023: DPC meetings held to review and endorse applications.

October/November 2023: Anticipated Ministers announcement of successful projects.  

 

Additional Support

If you need any assistance with you Application please contact your local VFBV State Councillor, VFBV Support Officer of the VFBV Office. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

If you would like a printed copy of the VFBV 2023 VESEP Application Help Pack please call the VFBV office on 03 9886 1141 and we will post one out.

Information is also available from CFA Members Online https://www.members.cfa.vic.gov.au/programs/vesep 

 

VFBV wishes all CFA Brigades and Groups well with your applications and thank you for your untiring service to Victoria!

Thursday, 20 April 2023 15:00

CFA Annual Memorial Service 2023

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The Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 7 May in Mt Macedon to honour firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year’s memorial service will mark the 35th event, which has been held since 1987, with the only cancellation being 2020 due to the pandemic.

Location: The service will be held at the VEMI Conference and Event Centre, 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441

Date: 2.00pm on Sunday 7 May

Dress: CFA uniform or smart casual

The 2023 Annual Memorial Service for Firefighters is a free event, to attend please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0401 944 349 by Monday 1st May 2023.

Family members and friends, CFA and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) executives as well as government representatives will come together to lay wreaths, light candles, remember lives and honour the personal sacrifices and commitment firefighters make each and every day.

Junior CFA members will also attend the memorial service and will be actively involved throughout the ceremony by assisting wreath layers and patrons.

VFBV CEO Adam Barnett spoke about the importance of the annual memorial service for not only the families, friends and loved ones of the fallen, but for all members.

“The annual memorial service is a time for us to come together either in person or in spirit to remember and honour the 80 CFA firefighters (including 11 from pre-1944) who have selflessly given their lives to protect the lives of other Victorians.

"And while the service is always solemn and reflective, it is also an important opportunity to reflect on our history as we pay tribute to those lost and reflect on the importance of the work we all do in making our communities safer.”

 

Members are encouraged to RSVP via: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0401 944 349 by Monday 1st May 2023.

 

Thursday, 06 April 2023 12:25

April 2023 Newsletter

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Be alert – not alarmed 

By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer 

“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter” is one of my favourite quotes (for obvious reasons), attributed to many but believed to be originally put by French mathematician, physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal in the 1600’s.  And while I could probably start every month’s column with these words, the past month has been a particularly busy one.

The results of last week’s successful State Championships held over two successive weekends is not only detailed elsewhere on this page, but throughout this month’s edition of Fire Wise. A huge thank-you to all members, judges, officials and staff who contributed to a most successful event, and well done to all competing brigades and the almost 900 competitors who thrilled us with their incredible firefighting skills and professionalism.

I’ll start this month with the release of the Fire Services Implementation Monitor’s annual report, tabled in Parliament on the 23rd March 2023, where the independent monitor, the Hon. Niall Blair considered and reported on the progress of implementation of the Governments fire services reforms.

At a high level, the report recognises the good progress that has been made on implementation actions. Importantly he acknowledges that many of those positives have largely been made possible not by any formalised arrangements or plans, but rather the goodwill and personal endeavour of volunteers and staff who Mr Blair rightly describes as wanting the best outcomes for Victoria’s fire services and the Victorian community.

The report outlines slow progress and why actions are behind schedule, and highlights some of the challenges caused by the secondment arrangements, less than optimal volunteer utilisation, the sense of loss for those who have faced changes brought about by reform and how it was done. Of note are the warnings about the dangers around the future sustainability of the fire services, and in particular the risks of the chronic underfunding of capital funding for asset replacement and renewal given the number of assets (trucks and sheds) that are ageing beyond their useful life.

It was refreshing to see an independent statutory officer actually walk up to the issues and call them out by providing frank and fearless advice and putting our communities and the millions of people we protect at the heart of what fire service reform should be about – actually delivering better services and building strong and resilient communities.

The findings certainly vindicate the concerns raised by VFBV on behalf of volunteers during the reform debates around the predicted impacts on budgets, morale, culture, volunteer numbers and resultant declines in surge capacity.

At this juncture I am reminded of a Winston Churchill quote “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity: an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

And the latter best describes our approach to pursuing reform outcomes in a constructive way, seeking to minimise the harm while searching for the opportunities available. Like Mr Blair, I’m not interested in spin or empty promises, and continue to advocate and pursue outcomes that actually benefit our communities. VFBV remains focused on looking forward, not backward, and with the tightening fiscal environment that is facing Victoria,  the need to ensure every dollar that goes into fire services actually results in a community safety outcome is critical.

I was very pleased to note Mr Blairs recognition of the constructive approach to engagement and collaboration that VFBV has taken on behalf of volunteers, and I thank all of those who have contributed to our feedback loops and been involved in discussions thus far.

I commend the independent monitor and his team for their diligence and honesty and believe it speaks volumes about the importance of integrity by those charged with responsibility in the public safety space in which we operate.

FIRE DISTRICT REVIEW PANEL

This will be a difficult pivot, but the Governments Fire District Review panel published its determination of “change in fire risk” in the Victorian Government Gazette on 30 March 2023. To accompany the determination, the panel published a ‘supporting report’ on the same day.

The panel’s report claims to use a risk-based assessment of changes in fire risk in order to support its determination. Tellingly, despite a “state-wide analysis”, the panel has chosen to only identify 13 station response areas all in the country area of Victoria and covered by CFA.

It would be fair to say that I am somewhat disappointed by how the panel has chosen to go about its work, which has resulted in a high level of anxiety and concern for those brigades affected. Since the publishing of the panel’s determination, volunteers have expressed to us the detrimental impact these arrangements have had on morale.

To be clear, there is nothing unusual about fire services conducting analysis to track changes to fire risk to help inform and plan how service delivery may need to be modified to treat changes in risk. In fact, CFA and all predecessor fire agencies have done this for centuries. As risk changes, stations are upgraded or moved, appliances and equipment are added, and training and skill sets of responding crews is modified to meet the changing risk. All of course provided that government actually funds these necessary changes. The CFA model flexes up seamlessly to do precisely that, and does so in a highly efficient and cost effective way that ensures the Victorian taxpayer is not burdened with unnecessary costs better spent on hospitals and schools.

However, what is unusual about the arrangements the government has implemented is for this work to be done by people who are not experts in fire service planning, and who are engulfed in a cloud of political partisanship and bias that strikes fear and anxiety into all those impacted.

Volunteers expressed their anxiety about the potential for bias very early in discussions, and this featured prominently in our submission to the panel on their draft methodology in late 2021.

Sadly, the supporting report does little to alleviate volunteer concerns. While acknowledging that this is the panels first report and should have been a baseline, it then uses thirteen-year-old data to attempt to highlight what it thinks has been a change.

The first review should have been an opportunity to bed in their methodology and test the model for accuracy and set a baseline for “risk”. Instead, not only have we not had the benefit of understanding the methodology or testing it for accuracy, but the panel has thrown in a completely new metric and data source not even contemplated in their draft or final methodology nor discussion papers. The use of motor vehicle accidents and casualties dwarfs the number of casualties from fire and explosions by a significant factor, yet appears to have been lumped in with vehicle fires.

Aside from Rescue, last time I checked, the Victorian road safety action plan identifies the Department of Transport, Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission and the departments of Justice and Health as being responsible for road safety.

The panel may have a reasonable explanation beyond a simple correlation coefficient to justify why this should impact a fire service boundary, but by not engaging and then lumping it into their determination, stakeholders and agencies alike have been blindsided and are now seeking to understand this significant change. The question remains - if they made this change to their “final” methodology without warning - what other changes have they made that are less obvious?

This takes me to the most obvious concern. The empowering legislation in the Fire Rescue Victoria Act is very explicit. Section 4J states that the object of a review is to conduct a risk-based assessment within (a) the Fire Rescue Victoria fire district; and (b) the Country Area of Victoria. Well, the report is very clear on what parts of the Country Area of Victoria they have looked at, yet somewhat vague about what parts of the FRV district has experienced a changed in fire risk. To only analyse the FRV district in order to draw criticisms of CFA areas is neither fair, balanced, evidence based nor in the public interest.

“Change” in fire risk should be a neutral term, which can describe a risk that has risen or just as equally - declined. An unbiased panel would look equally at areas where the risk has declined and where a boundary may contract, just as it would for proposing a boundary be expanded. No such analysis is apparent within the supporting report. Perhaps given their remit, the panel should have looked for what change in underlying risk occurred when the former CFA integrated stations transferred to Fire Rescue Victoria, and they put new logo’s on the trucks so we could measure community outcome and benefit.

Putting to one side that none of the analysis actually defines community outcomes that a change in boundary is likely to achieve, nor how outcomes should be measured or monitored, my main advice to members worried about this panels work is to remain alert – but not alarmed.

While I’m disappointed, I am also not panicking. At the end of the day, the panels’ role is to provide a recommendation to the Minister for Emergency Services. The CFA has been given 9 months (of a possible 12 months they could have been provided) to provide a formal response to the panel’s determination. During this time, the panels review is suspended.

CFA have until January 30, 2024 to lodge its response, and the panel will then consider this response before providing a “recommendation” to the Minister by June 30, 2024. Upon receiving the advice, the Minister must then have regard to the capacity of each fire service, any implications on budget and resources and any other consequences before deciding to either make no changes, make some changes or ask the panel to conduct a further review.

During this time, we are seeking that CFA supports each of the brigades in trying to understand what the change in fire risk actually is, how it should be treated, and what additional resources they require from government in order to address the “changed risk.” We will then look to government to ensure it supports each brigade. To not fund an agency to improve an outcome, and then criticise that agency for the gap is at the heart of our discontent over reforms, and we will therefore monitor governments actions closely.

Given both CFA and VFBV formally highlighted the obvious shortfalls and limitations of the panel’s draft model with extensive submissions to the panels draft methodology, we will continue to seek greater transparency and less controversial engagement opportunities to help inform the panel’s recommendations.

And while I am confident that CFA will be able to ably demonstrate how it is meeting or plans to meet the changed risk, I really feel for those brigades who now have to do what should be routine business as usual in a very public and politically charged environment. I ask all members and all brigades to please support these brigades as they travel this unnecessary difficult journey. As we have said previously, there are grave risks to putting fire service modelling into that type of environment, and VFBV will continue to advocate that ‘surprises’ and cherry picked data are incompatible with good public policy and public safety outcomes. All brigades and firefighters, both volunteer and paid must know and have confidence in the data being used to measure their performance, and measurements should be transparent, and outcome focussed to ensure the Victorian public is not misled or misinformed about their safety.


State Championships Success

Over the last two weekends in March, the 2023 State Championships were held in Mooroopna for the third year in a row.

The first weekend of competition saw the Urban Junior Championship take place, where Melton A won the Grand Aggregate for the third consecutive year.  Melton A also took out the Under 17 Aggregate and Euroa A won the Under 14 Aggregate. 

The following weekend, the Rural Senior Championship took place on Saturday, with Hurstbridge A winning the Division 1 Aggregate, Sedgwick A won the Division 2 Aggregate and Dunolly A the Division 3 Aggregate.  Napoleons-Enfield was a runaway winner in the Rural Junior Championship on Sunday, winning the 11 – 13 years, 11 – 15 years and the Grand Aggregate winning an impressive eight out of ten events held on the day. 

Melton A followed up their Urban Junior win with success at the Urban Senior Championship, winning the Grand Aggregate.  Osborne Park B was successful in the B Section Aggregate and Euroa won the Female Aggregate for the second year in a row.  Full results of the 2023 State Championships can be found in this month’s edition of Fire Wise.

In total over both weekends almost 900 competitors took part with 157 teams entering the state championships, including teams from Harvey, Kellerberrin and Brunswick Junction brigades from Western Australia who travelled across the country to compete.

The State Championships would not be possible without the support of more than 200 judges and officials who volunteer their time over the two weekends.  VFBV also passes on our appreciation to the competitors, coaches, supporters and families of the competitors who keep the competitions going, and all the CFA staff and dignitaries that contributed to the championships success.  A special thank you should also be passed onto the CFA State Championships Committee and local host committee for the hard work and efforts in preparing the venue for the Championships particularly following flooding that affected much of Victoria in late 2022.

We also pass on our appreciation to the Greater Shepparton City Council for their continued support to the Championships, with this year marking the 11th time our Championships have been held in either Shepparton or Mooroopna since 1975.

VFBV’s competition committees will be meeting in the coming months to review this year’s Championships, if any brigades, competitors or spectators have any feedback they would like considered by either committee it can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

VALE 

It was with great sadness that we bode farewell to Association Life Member Quentin Turner AFSM who passed away on Friday 31st March 2023.

Quentin was a member of the Creswick brigade for many years, including serving as Captain for 24 years as well as holding other officer roles during his service to the brigade and surrounding Group.

Quentin served as an Executive Member for Region 15 to the Victorian Urban Fire Brigades Association (VUFBA) for more than 20 years from 1983 to 2004. During his time as an Executive Member he served two terms as Association Vice President (1986/87 and 1997/98) and three terms as Association President (1987/88, 1998/99 and 1999/20). Quentin was also one of the Association nominees to the CFA Board from July 1989 to December 1993. Quentin served terms on almost all VUFBA Association and CFA Joint Committees and was keenly involved in Championships for many years also.

As the inaugural Chair of VFBV (elected in October 2002), Quentin was one of the driving forces in bringing together both the Urban and Rural Associations as one unified body in 2008. He served as Chair until 2004 and continued on as a VFBV Board Member until October 2010. Quentin also played key roles in the development of the Volunteer Charter and the Volunteer Code of Conduct in the early 2000’s. Quentin was also a founding Trustee of the CFA & Brigades Donations Fund in 2004 and served as a Trustee for this Fund until 2019 including serving as Chair of the Trust for many years.

For his service to volunteers, Quentin was awarded the VUFBA Gold Star Award in 1992, VUFBA Life Membership in 1993 and was honoured with the Australian Fire Services Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2002 as well as a National Medal with first and second clasps and the Centenary Medal for service to the CFA and VUFBA. 

We send our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to Maisie, Mandy & Garry, Penny, Jason & Kristie, extended family, friends and loved ones and thank them most sincerely for sharing Quentin with us. We also extend our thoughts to fellow firefighters and members of the Creswick Fire Brigade. 

 

CFA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy 

Feedback is being sought on a new draft policy covering Alcohol and other drugs, including prescription medication.

The draft policy  covers arrangements for the appointment of a ‘responsible officer’, when alcohol can be consumed and a ban on brigades from applying for a new liquor license, with existing licenses able to be kept.

All members are encouraged to read and provide feedback ASAP. Feedback is due by Monday 8th May 2023.

Please visit the VFBV website for more information and a copy of the draft policy.

 

VFBV Board Positions 

Vacancies on the VFBV Board will arise when the terms of four VFBV Board members expire on the 1st October 2023. Of the four members whose terms are expiring, two are eligible for re-appointment.

VFBV invites applications from any CFA volunteer who is motivated by the prospect of making a difference and believes they have the skills to contribute to the VFBV Board.

The role of a board member involves contributing to VFBV direction, policy determination and monitoring the performance and governance of the Association. This includes actively contributing to policy discussion, consulting with CFA volunteers and contributing to the identification and management of strategic issues.

VFBV is seeking applications from gender and culturally diverse candidates in addition to a diverse range of skills and experience including applications from diverse brigade types and classifications.

Members should familiarise themselves with the VFBV Board member role statement and key selection criteria available from the VFBV website or via the office at (03) 9886 1141.

Applications close on Monday 28th August 2023.

 

CFA Board Positions 

The CFA Act recognises that it is important that the CFA Board has strong volunteer expertise, knowledge and an understanding of CFA volunteers. To support this, four of the skills-based CFA Board members are appointed by the Minister for Emergency Services from a panel of names submitted by VFBV.

This year, the terms of two volunteer nominees will expire in December 2023, with both members eligible for re-appointment. One is for a volunteer from brigades predominantly serving rural communities, and the other being for a volunteer from brigades predominantly serving urban communities.

CFA volunteers who believe they have the skills, experience and capacity to make a contribution to the Board of CFA are invited to apply. In addition to volunteer experience and knowledge, nomination will have regard to any of the following - knowledge of or experience in; commercial; technical; operational; legal or financial matters; expertise in fire or emergency management; land management; or any other field relevant to the performance of the functions of the CFA.

VFBV is seeking applications from gender and culturally diverse candidates in addition to a diverse range of skills and experience including applications from diverse brigade types and classifications.

Members should familiarise themselves with the CFA Board Charter and further information on the application process is available from the VFBV website or via the office at (03) 9886 1141.

Applications close on Monday 26th June 2023.

 

Nominations for Trust Fund

VFBV is calling for nominations to the CFA and Brigades Donations Fund.  

The purpose of the fund is to raise and receive money and donations of goods and services from the public for distribution to brigades to assist with costs of purchasing and maintaining firefighting equipment, facilities, training and administrative expenses which are associated with their firefighting functions.

Following nominations, five new or reappointed members will be appointed by the VFBV Board to serve as VFBV Trustees on the fund for a term of two years.

All current trustees are eligible for re-appointment.

Please visit the VFBV website for details. Nominations close on Monday 19th June 2023.

 

Fire Wise – April 2023 online only edition

The April 2023 edition of Fire Wise has been published online only, this edition and past editions are available from the Fire Wise website.

You can support Fire Wise and the role it plays as an independent voice in keeping volunteers informed by becoming a subscriber. To become a Fire Wise subscriber visit the Fire Wise website or contact the Managing Editor of Fire Wise, Gordon Rippon-King either by phone 0402 051 412 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Recent articles on the VFBV website

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Nominations for CFA and Brigades Donations Fund

VFBV Board Vacancies - Invitation to Apply

CFA Board Positions - Invitation to Apply

2023 State Urban Junior Championship Results

2023 State Rural Senior Championship Results

2023 State Rural Junior Championship Results

2023 State Urban Senior Championship Results

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Sunday, 26 March 2023 16:12

2023 State Urban Senior Championship Results

Written by

Final results for the 2023 State Urban Senior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023 are now available.

The full results are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Photo's of presentations are being progressively uploaded to VFBV's dedicated Championships Facebook Page. Team times for each event are available for download at the bottom of this page. 

Grand Aggregate Winner - Melton A

B Section Aggregate Winner - Osborne Park B

Wet Aggregate Winner - Pakenham/Narre Warren

Female Aggregate Winner - Euroa

Final Aggregate Results: 

 

SATURDAY, 25th MARCH

 

Event 1 – Ladder Race, One Competitor 

1st

OSBORNE PARK B (2) (Aiden Couzens)

6.50

seconds

2nd

TATURA A (1) (Nathan Rennie)

6.54

seconds

3rd

HARVEY (2) (Rhys Landwehr)

6.56

seconds

4th

EAGLEHAWK (1) (Steven Matthews)

6.82

seconds

5th

HOPPERS CROSSING (1) (Brenton Lawrence)

6.83

seconds

 

Event 2 – B Section Hose & Ladder, Five Competitors

1st

OSBORNE PARK B

22.42

seconds

2nd

HOPPERS CROSSING

23.01

seconds

3rd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

24.19

seconds

4th

ECHUCA

24.77

seconds

5th

WARRACKNABEAL

25.04

seconds

 

Event 3 – A Section Y Coupling, Four Competitors 

1st

HARVEY

7.71

seconds

2nd

OSBORNE PARK A

7.84

seconds

3rd

MELTON A

7.93

seconds

4th

DANDENONG

8.81

seconds

5th

SALE

8.95

seconds

 

Event 4 – A Section Hose and Ladder, Eight Competitors

1st

WENDOUREE

22.97

seconds

2nd

MORWELL

24.27

seconds

3rd

EAGLEHAWK

25.83

seconds

4th

HARVEY

25.84

seconds

5th

OSBORNE PARK A

26.83

seconds

 

Event 5 – B Section Y Coupling, Four Competitors 

1st

KYNETON

8.56

seconds

2nd

ECHUCA

8.81

seconds

3rd

CRESWICK

9.03

seconds

4th

HALLAM

9.05

seconds

5th

MAFFRA

9.16

seconds

 

Event 6 – Female Y Coupling, Two Competitors

1st

MELTON B

13.25

seconds

2nd

MILDURA

14.43

seconds

3rd

TATURA A

14.78

seconds

4th

SEYMOUR

14.79

seconds

5th

SWAN HILL

15.07

seconds

 

Event 7 – A Section Y Coupling Ladder Eights

1st

OSBORNE PARK A

30.42

seconds

2nd

HARVEY

32.75

seconds

3rd

EAGLEHAWK

32.88

seconds

4th

WENDOUREE

34.56

seconds

5th

MORWELL

37.12

seconds

 

Event 8 – B Section Hose, Hydrant and Pumper

1st

COHUNA

14.37

seconds

2nd

MELTON B

14.48

seconds

3rd

ECHUCA

14.72

seconds

4th

SWAN HILL

15.03

seconds

5th

MAFFRA

15.90

seconds

 

Event 9 – B Section Wet Hose Striking One Disc Twice with Removable Back Cap

1st

WARRACKNABEAL RECORD

17.59

seconds

2nd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

18.25

seconds

3rd

ECHUCA

18.80

seconds

4th

HOPPERS CROSSING

18.87

seconds

5th

KNOX GROUP

19.59

seconds

 

Event 10 – A Section Hose, Hydrant and Pumper 

1st

KANGAROO FLAT

12.99

seconds

2nd

DANDENONG

13.86

seconds

3rd

WENDOUREE

13.92

seconds

4th

HARVEY

14.33

seconds

5th

OSBORNE PARK A

14.79

seconds

 

Event 11 – A Section Hose & Reel Sixes

1st

MELTON A

29.40

seconds

2nd

OSBORNE PARK A

29.45

seconds

3rd

MORWELL

31.39

seconds

4th

HARVEY

31.54

seconds

5th

WENDOUREE

31.61

seconds

 

Event 12 - B Section Marshall, One Competitor 

1st

TATURA A (1) (Jeremy Withall)

23.17

seconds

2nd

KYNETON (1) (Nic Hanna)

25.72

seconds

3rd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN (2) (Jayden Bull)

26.20

seconds

4th

OSBORNE PARK B (1) (Tom Evans)

26.70

seconds

5th

WARRNAMBOOL (1) (Adam Bishop)

27.24

seconds

 

Chief Officer’s Challenge Event

1st

KYNETON (Sam Foster, Royce Sharp, Luke Stanley, Spencer Zan)

16.62

seconds

2nd

CHIEF’S CHARGERS (Chief Officer Jason Heffernan, DCO Kaylene Jones, DCO Rohan Luke, DCO Garry Cook)

21.70

seconds

 

Event 13 – B Section Wet Hose Striking One Disc Twice 

1st

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

16.57

seconds

2nd

OSBORNE PARK B

17.57

seconds

3rd

MAFFRA

17.61

seconds

4th

KYNETON

18.06

seconds

5th

ECHUCA

18.56

seconds

 

Event 14 - A Section Marshall, One Competitor 

1st

MELTON A (1) (Bailey Rhodes)

24.77

seconds

2nd

WENDOUREE (1) (Craig Briody)

25.06

seconds

3rd

DANDENONG (1) (Millar Anderson)

25.23

seconds

4th

OSBORNE PARK A (2) (Devon Winsall)

25.60

seconds

5th

OSBORNE PARK A (1) (Dean Jordan)

26.06

seconds

 

Event 15 – Female Marshall, One Competitor

1st

EUROA (Teagan Kubeil)

31.29

seconds

2nd

SWAN HILL (Sienna Kruger)

31.38

seconds

3rd

TATURA A (Hayley Rennie)

32.10

seconds

4th

HORSHAM (Claire Longstaff)

32.31

seconds

5th

HOPPERS CROSSING (Amanda Lawrence)

32.33

seconds

 

Event 16 - B Section Pumper & Ladder

1st

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

16.19

seconds

2nd

COHUNA

16.64

seconds

3rd

OSBORNE PARK B

17.61

seconds

4th

ECHUCA

17.64

seconds

5th

HOPPERS CROSSING

18.19

seconds

 

Event 17 - A Section Hydrant & Tanker

1st

MELTON A – RECORD

13.45

seconds

2nd

DANDENONG

14.09

seconds

3rd

WENDOUREE

14.87

seconds

4th

HARVEY

15.04

seconds

5th

EAGLEHAWK

15.75

seconds

 

SUNDAY, 26th MARCH

Event 18 – Hydrant Race, One Competitor

1st

TATURA A (1) (Matthew Rennie)

11.41

seconds

2nd

HARVEY (2) (Rhys Landwher)

12.67

seconds

3rd

SWAN HILL (2) (Adam Saunders)

12.69

seconds

4th

DANDENONG (2) (Murray Anderson)

13.04

seconds

5th

MELTON B (2) (Denzel Johns)

13.23

seconds

 

Event 19 – Female Hydrant Race, One Competitor  

1st

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN (Samantha White) Run off conducted for first place

15.22

seconds

2nd

MELTON B (Lorelei Geysing) Run off conducted for first place

15.22

seconds

3rd

WARRACKNABEAL (Isabella Orszulak)

15.37

seconds

4th

SALE (Dana King)

16.91

seconds

5th

KNOX GROUP (Jessica Walker)

17.51

seconds

 

Event 20 – A Section Pumper & Ladder 

1st

HARVEY

14.91

seconds

2nd

MELTON A

15.38

seconds

3rd

OSBORNE PARK A

16.25

seconds

4th

WENDOUREE

16.40

seconds

5th

DANDENONG

17.31

seconds

 

Event 21 – B Section Hydrant & Tanker

1st

ECHUCA

13.58

seconds

2nd

COHUNA

13.60

seconds

3rd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

15.49

seconds

4th

OSBORNE PARK B

16.06

seconds

5th

HOPPERS CROSSING

16.58

seconds

 

Event 22 – Female Marshall, Two Competitors

1st

EUROA (Teagan Kubeil, Amelia Delahey)

19.40

seconds

2nd

TATURA A (Charlotte Freemantle, Hayley Rennie)

19.72

seconds

3rd

SWAN HILL (Emma Templeton, Porcha Bruton)

19.96

seconds

4th

KNOX GROUP (Jessica Walker, Isabella Gluskie)

20.40

seconds

5th

KERANG (Kendall Ash, Zalie Ash)

22.24

seconds

 

Event 23 – B Section Hose & Reel Sixes 

1st

OSBORNE PARK B

32.11

seconds

2nd

KNOX GROUP

36.62

seconds

3rd

HOPPERS CROSSING

37.14

seconds

4th

WARRACKNABEAL

42.68

seconds

 

Event 24 – A Section Marshall, Two Competitors 

1st

MELTON A (2) (James Arandt, Bailey Rhodes)

14.90

seconds

2nd

KANGAROO FLAT (2) (Tyler Harris, Blake Harris)

15.26

seconds

3rd

WENDOUREE (1) (Craig Briody, Damon Sutton)

15.50

seconds

4th

OSBORNE PARK A (1) (Jordan Winsall, Dean Jordan)

15.53

seconds

5th

OSBORNE PARK B (2) (James Mullins, Devon Winsall)

15.96

seconds

 

Event 25 – A Section Hose and Reel Eights 

1st

OSBORNE PARK A

28.95

seconds

2nd

WENDOUREE

29.27

seconds

3rd

MELTON A

29.53

seconds

4th

PATTERSON RIVER

30.66

seconds

5th

MORWELL

32.53

seconds

 

Event 26 – B Section Marshall, Two Competitors 

1st

TATURA A (1) (Nathan Rennie, Jeremy Withall)

16.45

seconds

2nd

MAFFRA (1)

16.86

seconds

3rd

ECHUCA (1) (Jordan Simpson, Martyn Currey)

16.88

seconds

4th

WARRACKNABEAL (1) (Shaune Winsall, Kynan Jonasson)

16.89

seconds

5th

OSBORNE PARK B (2) (Tom Evans, Jaxon Winsall)

17.13

seconds

 

Event 27 – Champion Fours 

1st

PATTERSON RIVER

17.99

seconds

2nd

KANGAROO FLAT

18.11

seconds

3rd

HARVEY

18.17

seconds

4th

WENDOUREE

18.51

seconds

5th

MORWELL

18.77

seconds

 

Vic./W.A. Challenge Event

1st

VICTORIA

29.21

seconds

2nd

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

29.77

seconds

 

Torchlight Procession

1st

DIAMOND CREEK

96.00%

 

2nd

HOPPERS CROSSING

95.00%

 

3rd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

92.00%

 


FINAL AGGREGATE RESULTS

Dry Aggregate

1st

TATURA A

21

Points

=2nd

MELTON A & HARVEY

16

Points

 

Wet Aggregate

1st

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

54

Points

=2nd

OSBORNE PARK A, WENDOUREE & OSBORNE PARK B

52

Points

 

Female Aggregate

1st

EUROA

16

Points

2nd

MELTON B

13

Points

3rd

TATURA A

11

Points

 

SECTION AGGREGATES:

‘A’ SECTION

1st

MELTON A

67

Points

2nd

HARVEY

64

Points

3rd

OSBORNE PARK A

63

Points

 

‘A’ SECTION WET AGGREGATE

=1st

OSBORNE PARK A & WENDOUREE

52

Points

=2nd

HARVEY & MELTON A

48

Points

 

 ‘B’ SECTION

1st

OSBORNE PARK B

63

Points

2nd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

57

Points

3rd

ECHUCA

46

Points

 

‘B’ SECTION WET AGGREGATE

1st

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

54

Points

2nd

OSBORNE PARK B

52

Points

3rd

ECHUCA

38

Points

 

APPLIANCE AGGREGATES

‘A’ SECTION

1st

MELTON A

26

Points

2nd

HARVEY

24

Points

3rd

DANDENONG

22

Points

 

‘B’ SECTION

1st

COHUNA

36

Points

2nd

ECHUCA

26

Points

3rd

PAKENHAM/NARRE WARREN

22

Points

 

2023 CHAMPION BRIGADE:    

The team members of Melton A are:

  1. James Arandt
  2. Jake Caroll
  3. Ben Geysing
  4. Jack Geysing
  5. Devante Johns
  6. Bailey Rhodes
  7. Cooper Rhodes
  8. Manaia Robinson
  9. Jacob Steele
  10. Anthony Rhodes – competitor and coach
  11. Ashely Goudie – coach

 

Results for the 2023 Champion Competitor:

1st

Bailey Rhodes (Melton A)

26

Points

=2nd

Rhys Landwher (Harvey)

22

Points

=3rd

James Arandt (Melton A), Corey Goodhill (Harvey) and

Mitch Golding (Harvey)

17

Points

 

Sunday, 26 March 2023 15:43

2023 State Rural Junior Championship Results

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Final results for the 2023 State Rural Junior Championship held in Mooroopna on Sunday 26 March 2023 are now available.

The results are available for download at the bottom of this page. 

Presentation photos and times for all events will be posted on VFBV's dedicated Championships Facebook Page.

Results for all events are available to view here.

 

Event 1A:  Low Down Pump & Ladder – 11-13 Years       

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

17.99

Seconds

2nd

Ascot & District B

18.05

Seconds

3rd

Ascot & District A

18.15

Seconds

4th

Beazley’s Bridge A

19.43

Seconds

5th

Miners Rest B

20.22

Seconds

 

Event 1B:  Low Down Pump & Ladder – 11-15 Years

1st

Napoleons/Enfield A – New Record

15.59

Seconds

2nd

Miners Rest A

18.68

Seconds

3rd

Gapsted A

19.20

Seconds

4th

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

19.23

Seconds

5th

Springhurst A

19.45

Seconds

 

Chief Officer’s Challenge Event, Low Down Pump & Ladder

1st

Napoleons-Enfield 11-15 Years: Billy Bedggood, Mitch Hazlett, Ethan Kuchel & Aleisha Roberts

17.33

Seconds

2nd

Napoleons-Enfield 11-13 Years: Darcy Kuchel, Clancy Bedggood, Charlotte Roberts & Jayden Roberts

17.99

Seconds

3rd

Chief Officer Jason Heffernan, DCO Kaylene Jones, DCO Brett Boatman, DCO Garry Cook & ACFO Glenn Probstl

30.76

Seconds

 

Event 2A:  Wet Hose & Ladder – 11-13 Years      

1st

Ascot & District A – New Record

25.00

Seconds

2nd

Miners Rest A

26.36

Seconds

3rd

Ascot & District B

26.89

Seconds

4th

Mandurang A

27.47

Seconds

5th

Beazley’s Bridge C

27.96

Seconds

 

Event 2B:  Wet Hose & Ladder – 11-15 Years      

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A – New Record

21.63

Seconds

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

24.37

Seconds

3rd

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

24.99

Seconds

4th

Springhurst A

25.83

Seconds

5th

Springhurst B

26.03

Seconds

 

Event 4A:  Tanker – Priming, Pumping & Ladder – 11-13 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

26.76

Seconds

2nd

Ascot & District A

28.26

Seconds

3rd

Beazley’s Bridge A

30.52

Seconds

4th

Mandurang A

31.97

Seconds

5th

Miners Rest A

32.78

Seconds

 

Event 4B:  Tanker – Priming, Pumping & Ladder – 11-15 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

22.68

Seconds

2nd

Doreen A

23.87

Seconds

3rd

Beazley’s Bridge A

26.12

Seconds

4th

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

26.62

Seconds

5th

Springhurst A

28.00

Seconds

 


Event 5A:  Hydrant & Tanker – 11-13 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield B

27.33

Seconds

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

28.52

Seconds

3rd

Ascot & District A

28.84

Seconds

4th

Napoleons-Enfield A

29.57

Seconds

5th

Beazley’s Bridge B

29.73

Seconds

 

Event 5B:  Hydrant & Tanker – 11-15 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A – New Record

21.69

Seconds

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

23.34

Seconds

3rd

Springhurst A

24.30

Seconds

4th

Springhurst B

25.08

Seconds

5th

Swan Hill A

26.46

Seconds

 

Event 6A:  Tanker – Drawing Water from Tank – 11-13 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

21.71

Seconds

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge B

22.70

Seconds

3rd

Ascot & District A

23.76

Seconds

4th

Miners Rest A

25.79

Seconds

5th

Beazley’s Bridge C

26.12

Seconds

 

Event 6B:  Tanker – Drawing Water from Tank – 11-15 Years

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

18.81

Seconds

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

19.65

Seconds

3rd

Springhurst A

19.76

Seconds

4th

Eldorado B

22.01

Seconds

5th

Swan Hill Bill B

22.95

Seconds

 

 

FINAL AGGREGATES

              

11-13 YEARS AGGREGATE

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

52

Points

2nd

Ascot & District A

44

Points

3rd

Beazley’s Bridge A

20

Points

 

11-15 YEARS AGGREGATE

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A

80

Points

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

36

Points

3rd

Springhurst A

20

Points

 

CHAMPION TEAM:

1st

Napoleons-Enfield A:  Clancy Bedggood, Charlotte Roberts, Darcy Kuchel, Jayden Roberts, Mitchell Hazlett, Billy Bedggood, Ethan Kuchel & Aleisha Roberts

132

Points

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

56

Points

3rd

Ascot & District A

44

Points

 

VFBV State President Encouragement Award winner:  Strathmerton Brigade

Stan Ross Conduct Trophy winner:   Ascot & District Brigade

Junior Firefighter Sprint winners:

11-13 Years – Female:   

1st           Charlotte Roberts – Napoleons-Enfield   

2nd          Tilly McErlain – Ascot & District 

3rd          Neve Chesman – Beazley’s Bridge

                

11-13 Years – Male:       

1st           Tom Griffiths - Gapsted

2nd          Darcy Kuchel – Napoleons-Enfield

3rd          Henry Small – Beazley’s Bridge

              

11-15 Years – Female:   

1st           Abbey Weir – Beazley’s Bridge

2nd          Matilda Lewis - Springhurst

3rd          Lily Gibbs - Eldorado

 

11-15 Years – Male:       

1st           Otis Paton – Beazley’s Bridge

2nd          Ethan Kuchel – Napoleons Enfield

3rd          Samuel Handreck – Miners Rest

Saturday, 25 March 2023 16:58

2023 State Rural Senior Championship Results

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Final results for the 2023 State Rural Senior Championship held in Mooroopna on Saturday 25 March 2023 are now available.

The results are available for download at the bottom of this page. 

Presentation photos and times for all events will be posted on VFBV's dedicated Championships Facebook Page.

Results for all events are available to view here.

 

Event 1:  Low Down Pump & Ladder

Division 1:

1st

Eldorado A

15.92

Seconds

 

2nd

Hurstbridge A 15.95

Seconds

 

3rd

Dunrobin/Nangeela A 16.04

Seconds

 

4th

Beazley's Bridge A

16.55

Seconds

 

5th

Springhurst A

16.71

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Sedgwick A

16.77

Seconds

 

2nd

Mandurang A

16.86

Seconds

 

3rd

Dunrobin/Nangeela B

19.50

Seconds

 

4th

Beazley’s Bridge C

20.33

Seconds

 

5th

Hurstbridge D

20.47

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Dunolly A

18.45

Seconds

 

2nd

Eltham A

19.84

Seconds

 

3rd

Mandurang B

20.07

Seconds

 

4th

Elaine A

20.31

Seconds

 

5th

Mannerim A

20.60

Seconds

 

Event 2A:  Wet Hose & Ladder

Division 1:

1st

Leopold A – NEW RECORD TIME

18.61

Seconds

 

2nd

Hurstbridge A

19.47

Seconds

 

3rd

Springhurst A

20.41

Seconds

 

4th

Sedgwick B

20.64

Seconds

 

5th

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

20.88

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Sedgwick A

20.88

Seconds

 

2nd

Hurstbridge D

22.07

Seconds

 

3rd

Mandurang A

22.47

Seconds

 

=4th

Eldorado C

28.83

Seconds

 

=4th

Yarroweyah A

28.83

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Leopold B

24.98

Seconds

 

2nd

Pearcedale A

25.14

Seconds

 

3rd

Eltham A

26.86

Seconds

 

4th

Leitchville A

28.02

Seconds

 

5th

Elaine A

29.35

Seconds

 


Event 3:  Tanker Hose Reel & Ladder

Division 1:

1st

Hurstbridge A

39.89

Seconds

 

2nd

Beazley’s Bridge A

40.64

Seconds

 

3rd

Eldorado A

40.65

Seconds

 

4th

Leopold A

43.08

Seconds

 

5th

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

45.21

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Sedgwick A

45.25

Seconds

 

2nd

Hurstbridge D

48.07

Seconds

 

3rd

Dunrobin/Nangeela B

48.56

Seconds

 

4th

Yarroweyah A

53.93

Seconds

 

5th

Eldorado C

54.98

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Dunolly A

50.47

Seconds

 

2nd

Eldorado B

55.05

Seconds

 

3rd

Mandurang B

55.24

Seconds

 

4th

Leitchville A

56.20

Seconds

 

5th

Leopold B

56.95

Seconds

 

Event 4:  Tanker - Priming, Pumping & Ladder

Division 1:

1st

Eldorado A

20.07

Seconds

 

2nd

Springhurst A

21.51

Seconds

 

3rd

Connewarre A

21.70

Seconds

 

4th

Hurstbridge A

22.59

Seconds

 

5th

Beazley’s Bridge B

23.25

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Sedgwick A

22.87

Seconds

 

2nd

Dunrobin/Nangeela B

25.25

Seconds

 

3rd

Yarroweyah A

25.30

Seconds

 

4th

Eldorado C

25.42

Seconds

 

5th

Beazley’s Bridge C

26.09

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Dunolly A

23.77

Seconds

 

2nd

Mandurang B

25.76

Seconds

 

3rd

Leopold B

26.31

Seconds

 

4th

Dunrobin/Nangeela D

27.43

Seconds

 

5th

Elaine A

27.74

Seconds

 

Event 5:  Hydrant & Tanker

Division 1:

1st

Hurstbridge A

17.48

Seconds

 

2nd

Eldorado A

18.32

Seconds

 

3rd

Springhurst A

18.35

Seconds

 

4th

Dunrobin/Nangeela A

19.20

Seconds

 

5th

Connewarre A

19.94

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Mandurang A

21.70

Seconds

 

2nd

Hurstbridge D

23.31

Seconds

 

3rd

Eldorado C

24.49

Seconds

 

4th

Springhurst B

25.63

Seconds

 

5th

Chiltern A

30.41

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Elaine A

24.77

Seconds

 

2nd

Eldorado B

25.27

Seconds

 

3rd

Mandurang B

26.16

Seconds

 

4th

Mannerim A

27.16

Seconds

 

5th

Dunrobin/Nangeela D

29.41

Seconds

 


Event 6:  Tanker – Drawing Water from Tank

Division 1:

1st

Hurstbridge A

15.88

Seconds

 

2nd

Leopold A

16.37

Seconds

 

3rd

Beazley’s Bridge B

18.38

Seconds

 

4th

Beazley’s Bridge A

19.51

Seconds

 

5th

Swan Hill A

19.99

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 2:

1st

Mandurang A

17.41

Seconds

 

2nd

Yarroweyah A

17.98

Seconds

 

3rd

Hurstbridge D

18.92

Seconds

 

4th

Sedgwick A

19.33

Seconds

 

5th

Eldorado C

20.38

Seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Division 3:

1st

Dunolly A

20.44

Seconds

 

2nd

Mandurang B

21.10

Seconds

 

3rd

Eldorado B

21.21

Seconds

 

4th

Pearcedale A

22.19

Seconds

 

5th

Mannerim A

24.13

Seconds

 

 

FINAL AGGREGATES

 

DIVISION 1 AGGREGATE

 

1st

Hurstbridge A

72

points

 

2nd  

Eldorado A

48

Points

 

3rd  

Leopold A

30

Points

 

DIVISION 2 AGGREGATE

 

1st

Sedgwick A

68

Points

 

2nd

Mandurang A

48

Points

 

3rd

Hurstbridge D

38

Points

 

DIVISION 3 AGGREGATE

 

1st

Dunolly A

64

Points

 

2nd

Mandurang B

38

Points

 

3rd

Eldorado B

26

Points

 

 

Alan King AFSM Memorial Conduct Trophy winner:    Leopold Brigade

 

Outstanding Female Team:         Beazley’s Bridge C          

 

Winners of the Firefighter Sprint:

 

Female competitors:       1st Trinity Williams, Chiltern

                                    2nd Erin Munro, Dunrobin/Nangeela

                                    3rd Taylah Logie, Strathmerton

 

Male competitors:           1st Corey Wilkinson, Leopold

                                    2nd Lachlan Lewis, Springhurst

                                    3rd Nathan Bolger, Connewarre

 

Thursday, 23 March 2023 15:36

2023 State Championships This Weekend

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The 2023 State Urban Senior Championship and the State Rural Senior and Junior Championships will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 March 2023 at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, Midland Highway, Mooroopna.

Once again the Urban Senior and Rural State Championships will be held on the same weekend, at the same venue on their own competition tracks.  Competing across the two days will be 40 junior teams and 76 senior teams including Harvey and Brunswick Junction brigades who are once again making the trip across from Western Australia to compete in the State Urban Senior Championship.

The Championships will commence with an opening ceremony on Saturday morning at 8:20am, before competition begins on each competition track from 9am.

The popular and impressive Torchlight Procession will be conducted on the evening of Sunday 25 March at Victoria Lake Park in Shepparton, with 2023 marking 150 years since the first demonstration and display of Victoria’s volunteer firefighters was held in 1873, which included a Torchlight Procession through the streets of Melbourne.  The Torchlight Procession will begin at 8:30pm on Saturday evening.

Sunday mornings events will commence at 8:30am on each track.

Results from the Championship will be progressively posted over the weekend on VFBV’s dedicated Championships Facebook Page.

 

Teams competing in the Rural State Championships:

Seniors:

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
Beazley’s Bridge A Beazley’s Bridge C Dunolly A
Beazley’s Bridge B Chiltern A Dunrobin/Nangeela D
Connewarre A Doreen A Elaine A
Connewarre B Dunrobin/Nangeela B Elaine B
Dunrobin/Nangeela A Eldorado C Eltham A
Dunrobin/Nangeela C Gapsted A Leitchville A
Eldorado A Hurstbridge D Leopold B
Hurstbridge A Mandurang A Mandurang B
Hurstbridge B Sedgwick A Mannerim A
Hurstbridge C Springhurst B Pearcedale A
Leopold A Springhurst C Strathmerton B
Sedgwick B Strathmerton A  
Springhurst A Yarroweyah A  
Swan Hill A    
Truganina A    

 

Juniors:

Ascot & District A Mannerim A
Ascot & District B Miners Rest A
Beazley's Bridge A Miners Rest B
Beazley's Bridge B Napoleons-Enfield A
Beazley’s Bridge C Napoleons-Enfield B
Chiltern A Napoleons-Enfield C
Doreen A Pearcedale A
Dunolly A Pearcedale B
Dunrobin/Nangeela A Springhurst A
Dunrobin/Nangeela B Springhurst B
Eldorado A Strathmerton A
Eldorado B Swan Hill A
Gapsted A Swan Hill B
Gapsted B Truganina A
Mandurang A  

 

Teams competing in the State Urban Senior Championship:

A Section B Section 
Dandenong Brunswick Junction (WA)
Eaglehawk Cohuna
Harvey (WA) Creswick
Kangaroo Flat Echuca
Melton A Euroa
Mildura Hamilton/Colac
Morwell Hallam
Osborne Park A Hoppers Crossing
Patterson River Horsham
Sale Kerang
Wendouree Knox Group
Werribee Kyneton
  Maffra
  Melton B
  Mooroopna
  Osborne Park B
  Pakenham/Narre Warren
  Seymour
  Swan Hill
  Tatura
  Warracknabeal
  Warrnambool
  Whittlesea

 

 

 

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