18 April 2018 Cape Clear Fire Brigade AGM
7.30pm Cape Clear Fire Station, Election of Office Bearers

Women's Burn Day

Car Rally

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

Sunday 26 November
Cape Clear Fire Brigade Open Day from 9.30am at the Cape Clear Fire Station

Also on that morning a training exercise and meeting and BBQ lunch - all welcome

A directive has been made by the Chief Officer that requires all members who are likely to be on a fire ground this fire season to do an exercise on:-

Burn Over/Entrapment Proceedures and
A DVD and question and answer session, as a group, on hazardous trees

Cape Clear Fire Station
starting at 9.30am

It will be followed by a Brigade General Meeting and Lunch
The first two items are essential for your safety and that of those around you, and you will also make your families feel better when you are at a fire.

Cape Clear Fire Brigade Water Tanks
Last week saw the 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.

We have added a Calendar page for Brigade activities

Monday 10 April 1.00am Fire restrictions in the Golden Plains Shire come off.

Sunday 19 March 2017 Show and Shine, 10.00 - 4.00pm. Moondallah 495 Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa. More details on the Moondallah facebook page or contact Dawn 53422296

Sunday 5 March The Slow Net Yacht Race. Cape Clear Recreation Reserve, 12.30 - 4.30, Entry gold coin donation. Boat races, other competitions designed by Cape Clear Primary School, brigade sausage sizzle, cold drinks, ice creams, afternoon teas. For more Info Craig 53422448

The school are making some spare yachts so if anybody wanted to enter they are welcome to use one of these rather than making their own.

Monday 6 February 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

January 2017 Happy New Year to All
We will be shortly be commencing our roadside burning program. Look out for notification of dates and locations.

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

Saturday 19 November
CFA Open Day at Cape Clear and Berringa Fire Stations, 10 am - 1pm, a sausage sizzle at Cape Clear and a great op shop (10 - 12) next to the station in Berringa Pic TK

Thursday 17 November
FREE Bushfire Planning Workshop, 7.00 - 9.00pm Berringa Community Hall, School Rd, Berringa. Plan for bushfire step by step in a small group setting. FREE BBQ provided 6.30pm

Monday 14 November Ballarat Courier article about Cape Clear - Chief Commissioners Unit Citation. Look out for an article in the next issue of the CFA Brigade magazine.

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

Sunday 23 October Grenville Group CFA Exercise in the Cape Clear Area - there will be many fire trucks around the neighbourhood, especially around Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa

Sunday 9 October The windiest day of the year. Max gust 98kms/hr

Thursday 30 June Cape Clear Rural Fire Brigade dinner to celebrate the end of the fire season - 6.30pm at the Cape Clear Hotel.

Tuesday May 31 0 degrees at 2.47am The coldest night of the year so far

Tuesday May 24 There will be a controlled burn in the Cape Clear Pine Plantation from 10am by HVP

Friday May 20 The brigade will be doing some windrow burning at the Cape Clear Primary School plantation which was logged last year. The plantation is on the corner of Toorak Rd and Berringa Rd, Berringa. The burning of these heaps may continue for some time depending on the weather. There may also be some smoke in the area from the burns.

Clearing Sale Doug and Judy Huckers, 1374 Scarsdale Pitfield Rd, Cape Clear. Starts 10am and Cape Clear RFB to provide exceptional sausage sizzle

Proposed burn in the Pine Plantation at Cape Clear by HVP probably during April. We will put up exact date when we are notified. More info in letters for local landholders at the Cape shop.

End of Restrictions for Golden Plains Shire at 0100hrs on Monday 11 April.
Remember you still need to be careful your burn doesn't get away

Note Change of date
CCRFB AGM Wednesday March 23 7.30pm at the Cape Clear Hall. Election of office bearers

Elma McNabb
It is with great sadness we mention the passing of Elma McNabb on 6/1/2016. John McNabb is a long term, active member of the Cape Clear Rural Fire Brigade. Deepest sympathy to John and family.
A memorial service will be held at 10am on Tuesday 12th January at the Berringa Hall

Kay McIntyre

It is with great regret we mention the recent passing of Kay , wife of Tony McIntyre. Tony was a past Treasurer/Secretary of the Cape Clear Rural Fire Brigade. Deepest sympathy to Tony and family.

2016 Calendars

We have calendars available $3 each
Stormy Sky, Devils Kitchen, Piggoreet
ph: Terry Kelly 53422227 or from the Cape Clear shop

Phil Mclean

It is with great regret we mention the passing of Phil Mclean on 1/12/2015. Phil was a member and past President (1976 - 1987) of the Cape Clear Rural Fire Brigade. Deepest sympathy to Gwen and family.

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

Cape Clear RFB Newsletter November 2015

Firstly a welcome to our new website, to another summer and another fire season.

Cape Clear Rural Fire Brigade has set up the website to bring the community news and information on what it is, what it does and what's going on.

The Brigade has around 80 members, 41 of whom are active in preventing and fighting fires. We not only fight fires in our own area but attend those of neighbouring Brigades and further afield. Already this year we have sent a tanker and crew to the Lancefield fires in October. We have two fire stations – the main one in Cape Clear and a satellite one next to the Community Hall in Berringa. As part of our preventative work we burn almost 40kms of roadsides every year, set up community meetings and visit the Cape Clear primary school 4 times a year, talking to the students about what might happen, what it may feel like and what to do about it. The point of going to the school is that if children grow up learning this stuff they will not only pass it on to the rest of the family but they will have the knowledge to use for the rest of their lives. The Brigade members who do this work also go because they get a real buzz out of working with the kids and seeing them work through emergency scenarios – usually with better results than a lot of adults! In our spare time we raise funds to purchase necessary equipment to assist the Brigade's work.

Just to remind you, the fire danger period started on Monday, 9thNovember and will last at least until April 2016.. No further burning is allowed without a permit from the Golden Plains Shire. There are new "Can I Can't I? sheets which will be shortly posted on community noticeboards. They can also be obtained from the Communications Officer or the Community Safety Officer. These give clear information on what residents can and cannot do during the fire danger period. If you need further details contact the CFA on 5329 5500 or

With summer officially nearly a month away, we have had seven call outs, only one being in our area. For this time of year it is on a par with the 2014/15 fire season. Then we had a total of 40 with only 13 being in our area. This is a pattern that has formed over the last few years and we are of the view that it is due largely to the the awareness, vigilance and civic pride being carried out by the residents of the area. More verges are being mown than ever before, more wood heaps are moved away from homes and less long grass is allowed to grow near buildings. The Brigade sets an excellent example in this by spending many hours burning the roadsides thus keeping the roadsides clean and turning roads into wider breaks in the case of a fire. We are gratified when we hear of comments from community members or those passing through on the clean and tidy look of the area.

All of us can do that little bit more by keeping our eyes open for suspicious behaviour and smoke sightings. If you feel that something is not quite right about somebody's behaviour you should ring Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. If you see smoke please ring 000. If it is a planned burn the CFA CAD room will have it on their screens, if it isn't they will notify the Brigade.

Happy Birthday to our Brigade built Berringa Fire Station - It is one year old.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, questions or have any photos (old or new) or stories you would like to add to the website.

Email the Brigade

Captain: Michael Rowe 0403 261 759

First Lieutenant: Terry Kelly 5342 2227

Communications Officer: Brenda Haskins 5342 2383

Community Safety Officer: Jim McKay 5342 2472

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