Clematis Fire Brigade is a brigade of the Country Fire Authority providing a volunteer fire fighting service for over half of Cardinia Reservoir. It was formed in 1936 and celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2006. The brigade attends approximately 100 emergency calls per year. Since the brigade's formation it has fought most major blazes across Victoria, including the Ash Wednesday fires. The brigade has also fought major blazes interstate in New South Wales. The brigade trains on Wednesday evenings from 7:30PM and new members are always welcome.
Cardinia Reservoir is situated in Clematis, Victoria just off Wellington road and spreads into Narre Warren East, Upper Beaconsfield and parts of Emerald.
Area of catchment 2,800 hectares (off stream storage) water supplied from Silvan
Type of dam Rolled earthfill and rockfill embankment
Maximum height of main dam from river to crest 85 metres
Length measured along top of dam 1,542 metres (main bank only, saddle dams have an additional crest length of 2,841 metres)
Surface area (top water level) 1,295 hectares
Total available capacity 287,000 megalitres
Volume as at 24/10/2007 133,919 megalitres (46.7% full)
Where the water goes Southern and southern-eastern suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula
Date of completion 1973