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Traditional Burning Learning in Gobur and Merrijig

Amid rain, hail and sleet, a dedicated and passionate collection of community members, CFA members and Aboriginal Taungurung Traditional Owners gathered in Gobur, near Yea and in Merrijig, near Mansfield on August 18 and 21, to learn more about traditional Aboriginal burning practice and techniques. 

 3.33 PM 30 August, 2017

Multiple agencies go candling

Candling - it's probably not what you think. A planned burning technique is shared between agencies at the candling workshop at Silvan Reservoir.

 3.14 PM 19 October, 2016

CFA members share traditional burning learning

Victorian landscapes can be burnt at lower intensities and more often, according to CFA members who recently conducted research into Aboriginal burning practices.

 9.52 AM 15 September, 2016

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016 shows a mixed picture for fire potential, with the exceptionally warm and wet conditions experienced through winter likely to continue into spring.

 10.38 AM 6 September, 2016

Progress continues at regional training centres

The assessment and environmental improvement program to upgrade water management and improve water treatment which is currently underway at CFA’s regional training campuses has achieved an important environmental milestone.

 2.47 PM 11 July, 2016

Volunteers research Aboriginal fire tradition

Two CFA volunteers will help Indigenous communities in Victoria restore lost cultural burning practices, using their research scholarships from the Emergency Services Foundation.

 11.04 AM 7 July, 2016

Tender for environmental assessment of Fiskville

On Wednesday 16 December, CFA will be releasing a tender on the Victorian Government Tenders website (www.tenders.vic.gov.au) seeking an experienced provider to undertake environmental assessments at the Fiskville site. 

 12.51 PM 15 December, 2015

Woori Yallock ICC Weather Station Network

Methven Real Estate in Mount Evelyn are the first to get involved with a new weather station project for the Woori Yallock Incident Control Centre.

 10.41 AM 14 December, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings continue

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College continued public hearings on Friday 20 November and Monday 23 November.

 3.59 PM 23 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings 19, 20 & 23 November

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on 19, 20 and 23 November 2015.  

 10.47 AM 18 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry Special Report tabled

Today the Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s Fiskville Training College tabled a Special Report to State Parliament relating to CFA’s production of documents for the Inquiry. 

 2.51 PM 12 November, 2015

November update: bushfire outlook

Across southern Australia, spring has so far been exceptionally dry.

 10.05 AM 10 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings to resume this week

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on Friday 6 November and Monday 9 November 2015. 

 2.23 PM 4 November, 2015

Smoke on the water

Ballarat and Sebastopol Fire Brigades, in consultation with Ballarat City Council, recently undertook a hazard reduction burn at the picturesque Lake Esmond in Canadian, a locality of Ballarat.

 7.59 PM 29 October, 2015

Clean Up Notices issued for remaining RTCs

Earlier this month, CFA was issued with Clean Up Notices from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the remaining regional training campuses - Bangholme, West Sale, Wangaratta, Huntly, and Longerenong. 

 2.44 PM 29 October, 2015

The Art of Roadside Burning

Hot off the press is a book on controlled roadside burning by Michael Rowe. Michael is the Captain of the Cape Clear Fire Brigade.  

 9.41 AM 22 October, 2015

SES Floods Into Kyneton CFA

On 19 October 2015 Kyneton Group held a flood and swift water rescue workshop under the guidance of SES Operations Manager Mark Cattell. 

 2.01 PM 20 October, 2015

Fiskville Parliamentary Inquiry hearings resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the former CFA Fiskville Training College resumed hearings today.

 4.00 PM 19 October, 2015

Fiskville Parliamentary Inquiry hearings to resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on 19 October. Read the CEO's blog for more details.

 2.18 PM 16 October, 2015

Little cutie rescue

On Sunday 11 October, the Diamond Creek slip-on was deployed to do night shift at the Lancefield fire as part of strike team 1415. 

 1.39 PM 14 October, 2015

New review into member health and safety

The health and safety of our members is our number one priority. As part of this commitment, the Executive Leadership Team has launched a program to review Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues within CFA. It will focus on the physical health and mental wellbeing of our members, their safety and the environment in which they work. Our members work in tough and dangerous conditions, from driving in high risk situations, to the long summer campaigns that can cause fatigue. It’s the management and mitigation of these risks, and many more that will be addressed as part of the program. One of the reasons we began this program was in response to a recently commissioned report by risk management consultancy Greencap.  While it identified numerous strengths in the way we manage HSE, it also highlighted a number of areas where we can do better. One of the suggestions made was to increase our focus on safety. The HSE Program highlights the importance CFA places on the “Safety First” message. It will increase the focus on our members’ welfare from the top down and better integrate health, safety and environmental practices into our everyday work. In other words more emphasis will be placed on managing HSE issues, improving our safety culture and planning for the challenges that lie ahead. One action we have already taken is to create a Risk Register to help us focus on the most prevalent dangers facing our members: driving, health and fatigue. We’ll provide further updates as the Program continues.

 11.32 AM 28 September, 2015

Glenelg's fire & emergency conference

The inaugural Glenelg Fire & Emergency Management Conference was held on Wednesday 9 September at Dartmoor with the theme of 'shared responsibility' and was hailed a huge success. 

 2.13 PM 14 September, 2015

Victoria prepares for hot dry summer fire season

The Andrews Labor Government and the State’s fire agencies are providing more than $20 million to fund a fleet of specialist firefighting aircraft to help keep communities safe this summer.

 2.10 PM 2 September, 2015

Early start predicted for 2015-2016 fire season

Victoria is heading towards an early start to the fire season with an above normal fire risk predicted, according to the Southern Australia Seasonal Outlook.

 8.42 AM 2 September, 2015

Estimating fuel levels post cyclone Marcia

The latest Hazard Note from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC looks at the dynamics of fuel quantity and hazard post-cyclone.

 4.01 PM 29 July, 2015

Climate change a hot topic

CFA and Emergency Management Victoria have teamed up to host an industry forum on climate change and associated natural disasters. 

 2.47 PM 14 July, 2015

Outlook details northern Australia fire season

The fire season outlook for northern Australia is detailed in the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2015, released today as a Hazard Note.

 2.29 PM 13 July, 2015

CFA planned burn at South Morang

Residents around Melbourne’s northern suburbs may see smoke in the air this afternoon (Monday 29 June) as CFA firefighters carry out a fuel reduction burn on a 10-hectare property at South Morang.  

 10.50 AM 29 June, 2015

Brigades receive grant for fuel reduction

Two brigades in the Dandenong Ranges have been successful in securing funding for fuel reduction and weed management.

 1.55 PM 15 June, 2015

The culture of fire

As an evolving modern emergency services organisation, CFA doesn’t just look to the future for new ways of doing things – it’s also learning from the past.

 1.32 PM 28 May, 2015

Cool burning and rehab of Traditional Lands

CFA has been learning more about traditional burning practices and techniques used in traditional Aboriginal culture.

 10.52 AM 27 May, 2015

New regulations put a stop on hazardous tyre stock

Waste tyre facilities face tighter controls aimed at minimising the risk of hazardous fires with the introduction in April of legislation that imposes stricter guidelines on the storage and management of tyre stockpiles.

 3.47 PM 12 May, 2015

Christmas Hills Fire Brigade and Fire-Scape

Christmas Hills Fire Brigade and the Christmas Hills Landcare Group recently completed a successful demonstration planned burn as part of CFA’s pilot Fire-Scape Program.

 2.14 PM 7 May, 2015

MASG partnership takes charge

Mount Alexander Catchment, Maldon, Metcalfe and Newstead groups have joined with Mount Alexander Sustainability Group to be a part of their battery recycling program.

 11.45 AM 5 May, 2015

Planned burn campaign begins

Autumn brings favourable conditions for planned burning, with crews taking advantage of the weather to conduct a large amount of operations across the state over the next month.

 10.02 AM 18 March, 2015

Summer's over, restrictions are not

Summer ends but the fire restrictions remain Although summer officially ends on 28 February, the Fire Danger Period doesn’t!

 2.55 PM 2 March, 2015

Planned burn in Victoria Park, Newington

CFA advises that a 5 hectare planned burn is scheduled within Victoria Park, Newington - from 4:00 pm today, Friday 27, February.

 1.07 PM 27 February, 2015

Control line damage restored for landowners

Following major fires across the north-east, CFA approached landholders on more than 150 properties with land or fences damaged by fire suppression measures at major fires during the 2014-15 fire season.

 10.15 AM 26 February, 2015

Weather stations deliver fireground intel

It's been ten years since Everton member Ian Murray took on the job of manning the Wangaratta North portable weather station - one of five such stations strategically placed around the state which can be deployed to locations near 'going' fires to deliver accurate weather readings.

 10.57 AM 17 February, 2015

MFPO Update - Greater Bendigo

In recent weeks City of Greater Bendigo’s Compliance Officer has been inspecting properties that have recently had structures built in accordance with a BOM and were subject to a planning permit.

 3.42 PM 16 February, 2015

Private bushfire bunkers

A private bushfire bunker that meets rigorous safety standards can provide shelter for people from the immediate life-threatening effects of bushfire.

 8.23 AM 16 February, 2015

Melton Fire Station lighting the way

Melton Fire Station staff and volunteers are CFA’s leading lights in improving environmental performance. 

 11.08 AM 10 November, 2014

Lighting the Path traditional burning workshop

Two lucky CFA members headed up to Orange, NSW on 29 September 2014 for a unique two-day traditional burning workshop.

 11.27 AM 3 November, 2014

Headquarters lightens the load

CFA State Headquarters, sitting on the high side of Lakeside Drive in East Burwood, has recently experienced an ‘internal detox’.

 11.11 AM 29 July, 2014

Earth on Fire: ABC special on iview

Available now on ABC iview is a documentary special made by the team at Catalyst on mega-fires.

 11.38 AM 3 June, 2014

World Environment Day 2014

Every day, in every way, our actions impact the environment. Whether you are at home, in the office or on station everything you do has an impact on the environment.

 12.42 PM 30 May, 2014

Help for wildlife injured in fires

Bushfire has devastating effects on wildlife − anyone who lives close to a fireground will have seen wildlife trying to escape the flames.

 10.15 AM 1 May, 2014

Wildlife friendly fencing

Wildlife Victoria is urging anyone who is replacing fencing destroyed during the recent bushfires to consider wildlife friendly options.

 7.27 PM 3 April, 2014

Forest carbon management webinar

The next Bushfire CRC webinar details findings from forty fuel reduction burns in eucalyptus forests across southern Australia. The study measured biomass before and immediately after fire to derive fuel loads. Experimental sites extended from warm temperate forests (Queensland) to cool temperate (Tasmania), and included relatively dry forests (South Australia).

 1.04 PM 19 March, 2014

We all view things differently

Many rural/urban landscapes, while a fire risk, are beautiful. In many cases this beauty is the reason why people choose to live in these areas, despite the risk.

 3.43 PM 28 February, 2014

Cindy - out of the ashes

This little lady was found by CFA firefighters last Thursday - she’s still a pouch baby but she was found on her own with badly burnt feet following the Mickleham fire.

 7.27 AM 17 February, 2014

Climate change increasing fire risk

A report by the Climate Council has highlighted how bushfire seasons in Australia are getting longer and the number of extreme fire days is increasing due to climate change.

 9.11 AM 9 December, 2013

Spring burning in Southern Metro

Brigades in Casey and Cardinia have been taking advantage of ideal spring weather patterns to conduct planned burning throughout the group.

 10.24 AM 6 December, 2013

CFA launches Choose Tap

On a warm Friday afternoon, staff packed into our tea room to hear about the Choose Tap program.

 3.44 PM 1 November, 2013

CFA's battery assault

CFA is one of the largest consumers of single use, alkaline batteries in the Southern Hemisphere, and we can reduce our environmental impact by recycling them.

 10.15 AM 24 October, 2013

Impact of fire on tree water use

Do mixed species eucalyptus forests, such as those found in north east Victoria, use more water as they recover from fire?

 12.04 PM 23 August, 2013

Bushfire CRC Fire Note 110

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note 110, Smoke composition and the flammability of forests and grasslands focuses on the influence of the physical condition of different plant species from forests and grasslands in eastern and northern Australia.

 9.46 AM 20 June, 2013

‘FireScape’ in Barongarook

An ecological burn on Tuesday 30 April capped off a successful pilot program, FireScape, being trialled in Barongarook.

 3.57 PM 20 May, 2013

Malmsbury roadside burns

Malmsbury Fire Brigade commenced conducting some roadside burns as part of its township protection strategies.

 10.30 PM 4 November, 2012

Online Terms and Conditions

A better understanding of the trade-offs involved in the management of landscape fire and prescribed burning is required as public and professional expectations of fire agencies and land managers continues to rise. 

 12.30 PM 2 February, 2016

Online Terms and Conditions

The CFA has declared a day of Total Fire Ban in the Mallee, Northern Country, North East and North Central.

 3.38 PM 23 February, 2016

Online Terms and Conditions

The blue-green algal (BGA) bloom in the Murray River and tributaries is a significant event. Its complexity in a scientific, technical and environmental context is matched by its impact on and involvement with industry and community.

 1.18 PM 1 April, 2016

Online Terms and Conditions

The heavy rain falling across Victoria has caused flooding at three CFA training sites: Huntly, Penshurst and West Sale.

 10.53 AM 15 September, 2016

Online Terms and Conditions

Alen Slijepcevic is the Deputy Chief Officer for Bushfire at CFA. Today he provides an update on the summer season and also some of the major projects being conducted under the Bushfire portfolio.  

 10.11 AM 11 January, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

CFA has today issued a Fire Prevention Notice to the owner of a tyre stockpile in Stawell, Used Tyre Recycling Corporation Pty Ltd (UTRC).

 9.42 AM 11 May, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

In Victoria, CFA is leading the development of a toxic plume modelling capability to predict the downwind dispersion of chemicals and smoke from incidents.

 7.59 AM 7 June, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

Vegetation Management Officer Phil Hawkey describes himself as “on a journey” as he increases his knowledge of Aboriginal traditional burning.

 12.42 PM 4 July, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

On the weekend of 16-17 June District 17 hosted its first ever burn camp.

 4.15 PM 6 July, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

For over 50,000 years, Australia’s Indigenous communities have managed country by using traditional burning methods. They created a system that was sustainable and suited the Australian landscape.

 8.31 AM 7 July, 2017

Online Terms and Conditions

Every seat was filled and it was standing room only at Broadford Fire Station on Monday night the 28th of August 2017.  Over 60 people came from across District 12and beyond to hear two unique presentations about Aboriginal traditional fire and Aboriginal land management.

 11.33 AM 4 September, 2017