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LEONGATHA and Foster SES Units recently
received new equipment, as part of an annual
Both units received an upgrade of their equip-
ment, a move welcomed by local volunteers, in-
cluding Leongatha SES’ Val Bremner.
“The new LED lenser torches will greatly as-
sist volunteers during night emergency situa-
tions and can be attached to helmets as need-
ed, allowing volunteers to work faster to make
scenes safe,” Val said.
Foster SES volunteer David Bartley said the
new lighting equipment received would assist
in making incident scenes safer for emergency
personnel and the public.
“The new Pelican remote lighting system allows
for faster set-up at an incident, which enables emer-
gency scenes to be made safer sooner,” David said.
During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Leongatha SES
attended 189 incidents and Foster attended 115.
The equipment received was part of the an-
nual AAMI equipment grants program.
To learn more about SES and volunteering,
go to www.ses.vic.gov.au/volunteer.
CRIME Stoppers Victoria is asking Gippsland
locals to keep an eye out for reckless and sus-
picious fire behaviour over the summer break,
and to confidentially report any information to
The call comes as part of Crime Stoppers
Victoria’s ‘Reckless Fires Cost Lives’ campaign,
which is encouraging communities across Vic-
toria to report information about reckless or
dangerous fire behaviour to help protect their
friends and family from bush and grass fires
this fire season.
Whether recklessly or deliberately lit, bush and
grass fires can have disastrous consequences.
It is a criminal offence under Victorian law to
cause a bushfire recklessly, or to be reckless as
to the spread of a fire to vegetation or property
belonging to another.
Reckless behaviour can include disobeying
restrictions relating to Total Fire Ban or Fire
Danger Periods, leaving campfires unattended,
burning off without a permit, or using hot tools
or machinery that emits flames or sparks on
Total Fire Ban days.
Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Erika Owens
said reckless fires cost lives.
“We need your help to identify dangerous fire-
lighters to help keep our families and friends
safe from bush and grass fires,” Ms Owens said.
Making a report to Crime Stoppers is a sim-
ple and quick way of reporting what you know
and helping to keep communities safe from
“Crime Stoppers is a confidential crime re-
porting service. We will keep your identity com-
pletely confidential if you wish, and pass on any
information you report to the police.
“If you know of anyone engaging in reckless
fire behaviour, or have any information about
reckless or deliberately lit fires this summer,
we urge you to make a report to Crime Stop-
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington said the or-
ganisation took a zero tolerance approach to any
unauthorised fires or fires resulting from neg-
ligent behaviour subject to police investigation.
“A fire started at any time of the year which dam-
ages someone else’s property is a crime,” he said.
“For information about burn-off restrictions
specific to your area consult your local council.
“Most forecasts indicate an above-average fire
season, heightening even further the need for
“Even if you have a permit to use fire over the
Fire Danger Period, make sure you read the con-
ditions carefully. Failing to follow just one of those
conditions may leave you open to prosecution.”
According to Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agen-
cy, there were 45 offences recorded for ‘causing
a bushfire’ during 2016.
Penalties for causing a bushfire include up
to 15 years imprisonment or fines of over
$36,000. The maximum penalty for arson re-
sulting in death is 25 years imprisonment.
People who know of reckless or deliberate be-
haviour that could lead to a bushfire are urged
to report to Crime Stoppers, on 1800 333 000
or at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
In an emergency, or if you see smoke or
flames, contact 000.
Dob in a fire bug
SES reins in new equipment
SES volunteer David Bartley is delighted
the Foster unit has received new equipment.
RECOGNISE and celebrate the outstanding
achievements of communities preserving and
enhancing Victoria’s marine and coastal en-
vironments by nominating someone or some-
thing for a Victorian Coastal Awards.
The Victorian Coastal Council is inviting you
to nominate individuals, groups or projects in
any of the following categories:
•Improving the physical environment
•Making planning and management work
•Partnerships in research and monitoring
•Outstanding individual achievement
Further information and nomination forms
available from the Victorian Coastal Council:
www.vcc.vic.gov.au | firstname.lastname@example.org |
0396 378 893 Winners and finalists will be an-
nounced at an awards ceremony in April 2018.
Nominations close Friday, February 23, 2018.
Leongatha Unit members Anthony Lindhard, Rose Burns and Val Bremner at an equip-
ment presentation evening.
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