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Chief Officer's Intent for the 2014/15 Summer Season

Purpose This document is intended to assist CFA leaders in briefing staff and volunteers on our intent, key messages and priorities for the summer season.  This should be read in with the intent established by the Emergency Management Commissioner and the State Control Team. The intent is to minimise the impacts of emergencies and enable affected communities to focus on their recovery as early as practicable.

 1.52 PM 31 October, 2014

VFF and CFA launch joint trial

This week the VFF Grains Group supported by CFA will launch a trial programme for fire risk management during harvest called the Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide. This joint initiative of VFF and CFA provides an objective measure for farmers and header operators to manage fire risk.

 4.10 PM 28 October, 2014

Cobaw Field Trip another success

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 October saw the seventh successful field trip into the Cobaw State Forst as part of the Cobaw Staff ride. 

 9.32 AM 23 October, 2014

District Volunteerism Coordinators

As reported in September, our team of District Volunteerism Coordinators has started in district offices.

 2.32 PM 20 October, 2014

More help for volunteers

OT&V is getting ready to roll out an important number of initiatives to district offices and into brigades. A range of activities, including briefings and workshops, is planned to ensure the initiatives and the benefits are fully understood.

 9.50 AM 20 October, 2014

Ocean Grove staffed 24/7

Ocean Grove Fire Brigade has transitioned from a day staffing to a 24-hour staffing model, with 12 additional career firefighters coming on board to boost support to volunteer firefighters.

 3.08 PM 17 October, 2014

Tim Wells on Canadian fire behaviour

With a lot of high humidity days and unburnt fuel within control lines, the Canadian fires recently attended by about 80 Australians were primarily slope rather than weather-driven.

 3.52 PM 13 October, 2014

Training Day at Wangaratta for Fire Investigators

Article written by: Operations Officer Mark Collins On Thursday 11 September, fifty members of the Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI) converged at the Wangaratta Campus to take part in Fire Investigation Training.

 8.06 AM 6 October, 2014

District volunteerism coordinators

In August, the new district volunteerism coordinators began work around the state.

 4.38 PM 25 September, 2014

Weather Forecast, District 27, Victorian Bushfire Handbook, Pre Season Update

Weather Forecast The weather briefing from the Bureau of Meteorology as part of the Commonwealth EMA Annual Preparedness Briefing on 12 September provided the following information in relation to Victoria:

 2.44 PM 23 September, 2014

Chief meets CFA members about new district

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has met CFA members in the Latrobe Valley to discuss the new CFA ‘District 27’ which will cover the area of Latrobe City Council.

 12.44 PM 23 September, 2014

Introducing a new online rostering system

After successful trials and full consultation with all stakeholders, CFA will begin rolling out a new online rostering system from next month.

 6.09 PM 15 September, 2014

New projects rollout

CFA's Operational Training & Volunteerism (OT&V) team is in the process of rolling out a number of projects to the field.

 5.01 PM 4 September, 2014

Unified training model

The State Fire and Emergency Services Training Framework lays the foundations for a unified approach to fire and emergency services training and exercising in Victoria and sets out the future direction for a range of joint actions.

 4.54 PM 4 September, 2014

Minister joins frontline firefighters

On the day CFA welcomed another 25 new career firefighters to its ranks, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells celebrated his own milestone, completing his Minimum Skills training.

 11.50 AM 3 September, 2014

Chief Officer speaks about upcoming fire season

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has spoken at the AFAC and Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Conference in New Zealand this week about predictions for the upcoming fire season.

 4.11 PM 2 September, 2014

Victoria to face above average fire season

Victoria will face another significant fire season this year according to the latest seasonal outlook for southern Australia.

 11.10 AM 2 September, 2014

Man saved from cat-astrophe

A fast thinking feline is being praised for helping to save its owners life, after alerting the man to a house fire which destroyed his Wandin North home early this morning (01/09).

 4.37 PM 1 September, 2014

Nine members appointed to new CFA Board

Claire Higgins, as Chair of the CFA Board, congratulated the new CFA Board announced yesterday by Minister Kim Wells.

 10.29 AM 29 August, 2014

Apollo Bay brigade seeks volunteer visitors

If you are you planning a holiday or regularly visit Apollo Bay and you're interested in volunteering, then the Apollo Bay Fire Brigade wants to hear from you!

 4.25 PM 25 August, 2014