Toongabbie Fire Brigade
Captain: Scott Mitchell
Sec/Treasurer: Don Cadwallader
Lieutenants: Brett Sedgman, Tim Paulet, Jordy Dawson, Dwayne Lee
Toongabbie Fire Brigade is situated on Main Street in Toongabbie. It has a two bay engine room as well as a new large meeting/ training room, kitchen, toilets and office areas. Toongabbie Fire Brigade has 60 members; of these 20 are active fire-fighters. Toongabbie is in the West and South Gippsland Total Fire Ban District.
A 3.4D tanker is housed in the station.
The Senior brigade meets every third Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the meeting room. New members are always welcome.
Contact: Scott Mitchell
Mobile: 0411 296 161
Junior Volunteer Development Program
The Juniors meet fortnightly on Thursdays starting at 6pm. The Junior program runs during the school term.
Contact: Cassandra Tolsma
Mobile: 0411 422 173
Dates for Juniors for Term 1 and Term 2 2017 are:
Term 1 - Feb 9th, Feb 23rd , March 9th, March 23rd
Term 2 - April 27th May 11th, May 25th June 8th, June 22nd
House fires: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/publications/
Is it a Total Fire Ban: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/mobile/tfb/index.htm
Bureau of Meteorology: http://www.bom.gov.au/index.shtml
Fire Ready Kit: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fire-ready-kit/
Concerned about smoke or flames?
It could be a bushfire or a planned burn. Remember - smoke can travel long distances.
Planned burns today - DELWP website
VIC Emergency: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/
On Thursday 14th December, 2006, a deliberately lit fire that started at Coopers Creek moved very quickly towards Toongabbie. It spotted into the hills behind Fraser’s Lane. When an extremely strong wind change arrived it took the fire along the hills, closer to the township. It spotted into the town, out into the grasslands and continued quickly along towards Cowwarr across the flats and then a wind change moved it to the Weir Road and up to Seaton. Very few people had seen a fire travel so quickly and with such intensity before.
On that fateful day we had many local fire fighting heroes, some with many years’ experience in major fire outbreaks and they were able to lead and direct their strike teams with a wealth of knowledge to those volunteers who had experienced their first ever fire disaster. This was all done in the confines of an extremely under resourced fire shed.
As a result, local resident, Kevin Kennedy, CFA member and Managing Director of Apprenticeship Group Australia successfully sought Federal Funding to build the community of Toongabbie a new CFA community hub that will better prepare CFA to manage their responses should we ever have the misfortune of experiencing another fire disaster.
For this, the community of Toongabbie are extremely grateful to Kevin Kennedy and Apprenticeship Group Australia.
Kevin Kennedy speaking at the opening Apprentices from AGA
We will not forget what our community went through in the summer of 06/07 and as such the community also owes our local fire brigade our respect.
Old CFA shed 2009 new CFA shed 2011
These mosaics were crafted by the “Women in Community” group in recognition of the work done by CFA volunteers involved in the large fires in Gippsland region.