CFA groups gain equipment for facing fires

Glenburn, Vic - $30,000



Heading north-east out of Melbourne, through Yarra Glen and Dixon's Creek is the rural community of Glenburn. This small hamlet is located within picturesque rolling hills and valleys only 80 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Glenburn was one of the communities badly hit by the Black Saturday bushfires that swept through Victoria in February 2009. At one stage, the Glenburn Rural Fire Brigade faced a fire front for 27 days straight, with limited resources.

Glenburn Brigade has adequate heavy tanker capacity; however the Brigade lacked a vehicle for a command and transport role. This was clearly demonstrated in the 2009 fires as they had to borrow another Brigade’s command vehicle which was only available for the first six days, necessitating the use of member’s private vehicles.

The FRRR’s Repair, Restore, Renew (RRR) Grants Program in partnership with The Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation has enabled Country Fire Authority (CFA) groups to support their volunteers by providing additional resources and equipment.

The grant received by the Glenburn Rural Fire Brigade has enabled the purchase and fit out of a forward command quick response vehicle in accordance with CFA specifications that has provided the Brigade with efficient, safe and effective incident management capabilities. It has also increased the Brigade’s capacity to manage solely at smaller incidents and to be better integrated with other CFA groups at larger incidents.

The projects that have been funded through RRR in partnership with The Jack and Robert Smorgan Families Foundations allow the CFA to increase the safety of their members and their local community.