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Total Fire Bans on Saturday

A Total Fire Ban has been declared in six of the nine districts for tomorrow, Saturday 18 January 2014.

 4.31 PM 17 January, 2014

Total Fire Bans continue Friday

A Total Fire Ban will continue for Friday 17 January 2014 for the whole state of Victoria.

 11.35 AM 16 January, 2014

Handy contact list online now

For your convenience, we have created a list of CFA and VFBV contact names, addresses and phone numbers by district (as seen in the front of the Red Diary).

 2.28 PM 15 January, 2014

Commissioner video update 13/1/14

This week across Victoria is going to be a very very hot week. We will see temperatures in the 40s in most locations day after day. That brings a number of challenges.

 11.35 AM 13 January, 2014

Commissioner video update 6/1/14

We've made it to the start of January and we've seen reasonably cool weather across Victoria.

 11.16 AM 6 January, 2014

Severe fire danger to kick off 2014

Victoria’s firefighters will put New Year's celebrations on hold with fire agencies on high alert as severe fire danger grips much of Victoria on Wednesday, 1 January.

 2.08 PM 30 December, 2013

Born out of necessity

Many people may have missed the inclusion of the Burn Off Notification Line from CFA cards, But one captain from the Western Catchment decided there was a real need for it.

 3.33 PM 20 December, 2013

Fire Scene Preservation

The actions and observations of the initial responding fire-fighters are critical in the success of the subsequent investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.

 8.17 AM 18 December, 2013

New Crime Stoppers Signs

Crime Stoppers Victoria has recently updated the large “Arson is a Serious Crime” signs. 

 7.07 AM 18 December, 2013

Pre Season Update video

Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington presents this years Pre Season Update.

 3.13 PM 11 December, 2013

CFA’s Ben deployed to Philippines

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, new CFA member Ben Schmidt was deployed to the Philippines with AusMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team) Bravo last week. He is working in hard-hit Tacloban out of Camp Kookaburra.

 11.35 AM 5 December, 2013

Helitak worth its weight in grain

The medium helicopter stationed at Sea Lake District 18 has already proven its worth this harvest season.

 11.53 AM 2 December, 2013

CEO blog: Delay RDDS transition

Transition to the new digital radio dispatch network has been delayed until mid-2014, while the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) works to train the necessary VicFire dispatch operators.

 9.05 AM 28 November, 2013

Rural Press Club breakfast

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley attended a Rural Press Club breakfast on Thursday 21 November during Fire Action Week.

 1.38 PM 22 November, 2013

Crew Leader/Strike Leader briefings

On Monday 11 November 2013 members of the Waranga Fire Brigades Group met for the annual Crew Leader/Strike Leader briefings.

 2.19 PM 13 November, 2013

Summer fire season preparation

A Guide for CFA firefighters by Dirty Harry Productions: This document was written by Lt Peter Harry in November 2012 for members of the Mount Macedon Group. This is shared in Peter's memory.

 2.48 PM 8 November, 2013

Live testing of warning system

Victoria's fire agencies will test the state's integrated warning system for the 2013-14 fire season on Friday 8 November. [UPDATE 1.30PM: Testing is now finished for today.]

 9.28 AM 8 November, 2013

Investigation of machinery fires

The latest Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI) Training Day was held on Thursday 31 October 2013 at the CFA’s Training College – Longerenong Campus.

 7.59 AM 4 November, 2013

Research into managing incidents

Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities.

 11.36 AM 30 October, 2013

Brigade helps residents on the land

Bushfire and grassfire risk is very real to those in rural Victoria, particularly to those who live and work on the land.

 10.14 AM 23 October, 2013