Historical Brigade Activity

Tanker Name Changes

The Berringa Tanker is now called Cape Clear Tanker 2 and the Cape Clear Tanker is Cape Clear Tanker 1

Cape Clear Fire Brigade Water Tanks
The recent installation of a FARSS 58,00litre tank on the Staffordfshire Reef triangle (cnr Grandma Rd and Staffordfshire Reef Rd) this adds to the 22,000litre brigade tank placed there earlier.
The last two 22,00litre tanks for the Cape Clear Static Fire Fighting Water Program have now been installed (Four 22,00litre tanks - 100% brigade funded). They were installed in Cressy Rd and Piggoreet Rd. This adds to the tanks already placed on the Staffordshire Reef triangle and at the Berringa Fire Station.
This places tanks roughly equally spaced, at strategic locations, within our area.

A quick source of fire fighting water. All tanks have a 3tpi male CFA fitting.

Monday 6 February 2017 News stories about the burn on the Rokewood Skipton Rd are now on the CFA News website as well as the CFA facebook page

CFA News

CFA Facebook

Tuesday 2 February It is with great sadness we share the news that our long time brigade member and friend, Don Coward, passed away yesterday - February 1 2017
Don was a very active fireman - always available for Berringa tanker duty on a bad fire day and ready to help with our roadside or stubble burns.
He will be a sadly missed member of the team.

Friday 27 January
The brigade has completed roadside burning on one side of both Derwent Jacks and Racecourse Rds with help from Linton and three private tankers

Wednesday 18 January Firebird 300 visits Cape Clear again

Lots more pics in the Gallery

Tuesday 17 Jan After the Big Burn

The clearly visible black line of the Rokewood Skipton Rd Big Burn disappearing into the distance. Bottom left is the starting point. Pic TK Pilot Marc Cannan

Lots of new aerial shots in the Gallery

Sunday 15 January 2017 The Big Burn. The Roadside Burn on the Rokewood Skipton Rd from Mount Misery Creek, Rokewood Junction to Rankin Rd, Mannibadar was successfully completed. Burning commenced just after 10am and finished at 5pm. About 40kms of roadsides were burnt. This was a brilliant days work by all who attended and it makes a fantastic fire break. There was a car fire caused by mechanical failure on the road during the burn just to make it more challenging - with the fire trucks nearby a speedy save was made.

We thank Grenville Group and CFA brigades who came with crews and tankers - Berringa, Buninyong, Cape Clear, Dereel, Grenville Group FCV, Grovedale, Haddon, Linton, Mannibadar, Rokewood Junction, Shelford, Smythesdale and Wallinduc. Plus two slip ons from Forest Fire Management who did a great job wetting posts, poles etc before burning the roadsides.

Where is Neil?

We also thank those who brought or lent their private tankers, slip ons, quad bike and side by sides to assist with the burn Pics TK

We thank local business for their support Pic MR

For pictures of the Big Burn visit our Gallery page

For some more pics of the burn
Buninyong Brigade Facebook page

A great story on the Ballarat Courier website
Cape Clear Burn Story, Pics and drone footage

Thanks also to Falcon Aerial Photography and Video for the amazing drone footage
Falcon Aerial Photography and Video

December 2016 Installation of two tanks for fire fighting

A recent brigade project has been to install four tanks in strategic locations to give tankers a quick refill if there is a fire. The first has been installed in Staffordshire Reef on the corner of Staffordshire Reef and Grandmas Rds. The second is an additional tank behind the fire station in Berringa. Both have CFA 3tpi male fittings. This project uses brigade funds and is in response to the dry 2015/16 season which resulted in little readily available surface water in the brigade area. Pics TK

Wednesday 2 November
Presentation of Chief Officer's Unit Citation for Courage by Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner. The presentation of this citation to Don Coward, Jim McKay, John McNabb and Neil Shiells and CFA service awards was held at the Cape Clear Hotel.

L-R. Michael Rowe (Captain), Brett Boatman (District 15 Operations Manager), Don Coward, John McNabb, Neil Shiells, Jim McKay and Craig Lapsley (Emergency Management Commissioner)
More images to see in our Gallery. Pic TK
Cape Clear Gallery
link to CFA News Online

Weather Station

We now have a Davis weather station installed on Cape Clear Fire Station. The highest wind recorded so far was on Wednesday 25/11 (a TFB day) - 74kms/hr
Now live on the internet
Cape Clear Weather

Fire Hose Soccer

On Monday (23/11) the children from Cape Clear PS enjoyed a game of Fire Hose Soccer on the oval as part of the brigades fire awareness program with the school.

Principal Sam getting very wet Pics TK

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