In July the brigade participated in a skills maintenance training session utilising Breathing Apparatus. Our Bigfill and Ute were parked outside and various items of "equipment" were strewn randomly around the inside of the shed. The investment of a smoke machine added to the "atmosphere" in the shed (alas there were no disco balls present). The scenario brief was that the building was owned by a hoarder and had become smoke logged with two persons unaccounted for; a search and rescue scenario. Crews, in pairs, entered the shed in the attempt to save the victims. Each pair entered the structure twice, the second time the victims were located in a different place. The addition of the smoke machine made for a much more realistic scenario. First entering crews found the smoke to be not to bad, however as the scenario went on, the amount of smoke got much thicker and it was very difficult to see your own air pressure guage so the searching part was done by feel. Great training session for all involved. BA members refreshing their skills and some non-BA members having an opportunity to experience a smoky environment in relative safety. Thanks must go to our Captain Doug Richardson for his effort and imagination in setting up the scenario and all involved for making it a valuable and worthwhile session. Photos to follow shortly.
A very early wake up for brigade members on Sunday morning the 10th June after being called to a house fire near Smeaton at 5:15am. No one was home at the time of the fire and the cause has yet to be determined. The house was completely destroyed. Multiple brigades were in attendance mainly to provide water due to the remote location of the house. Brigades in attendance were Allendale, Campbelltown, Creswick, Kingston, Newstead, Smeaton, Ullina and support from the staff at Ballarat City with the Breathing Apparatus van to refill cylinders.
At 2:20 pm on 25/4/2018 the brigade was alerted to a burn off out of control to the west of Campbelltown at Glengower. A registered and authorized stubble burn was picked up by mild winds and moved into adjoining paddocks. Several brigade attended to bring the fire under control. This serves as an unfortunate but timely reminder that although the weather has cooled down and fire restrictions are due to end on Tuesday the 1st May, there are still some dangerous conditions around that can cause very serious fires. As the time draws nearer to the easing of fire restrictions in the shire, please, PLEASE take care when planning and conducting any burn offs. If you are in ANY doubt about the winds etc the postpone your burn.
Quite a number of brigades assisted today. In attendance were: Campbelltown, Newstead T1, T2 and Bigfill, Clunes T1 and T2, Creswick Group Field Command Vehicle (FCV), Kooroocheang T1, Smeaton T1 and Ullina T1.
At approx 2:30 pm on Saturday 07/0/2018 the brigade were alerted to a single vehicle accident at the corner of the Pyrenees Hwy and the Daylesford Rd (Maryborough side of the bridge). A single vehicle had gone through the intersection and rolled before ending up in the creek culvert. A single male occupant was taken by Air Ambulance to hospital in a serious condition. The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage.
This is the 4th MVA and the 3rd requiring air ambulance the brigade has attended this year so far. Please be careful and take it easy on our roads.
A special extra reminder of the 40km/h speed limit restriction when driving near emergency vehicles with Red, Blue or Magenta flashing lights. We want to help you, but we also want to get home safe.
Newstead Volunteer Fire brigade and the happy local community of Newstead supported the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal today with contributions totaling $3741.04.
Thanks In particular go towards the generosity of the brigade for providing vehicles and crews .The day was recognised and rewarded with a fantastic post event feast for the crews.
Thank you again,for your on going efforts to make the day once again highly successful.
regards from Christopher Simmins local Area manager, Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The next Market Day will be held on Sat September 15th 2018 at the Rotunda Park Newstead. For further details our contact is Ron 0427 506 843 and further information is available on our Market Day Web Page.
Newstead CFA Brigade and Community Fire Information